As a mom, your focus is on the well-being of your family and taking care of their needs first. However, if you don’t allow yourself time to take care of your own needs, you will burn out. Take up some self-care habits that will give you the dopamine boost you need for the sustained well-being of your body and mind. Here is a list of hobbies and activities that will help you be a healthy and happy mom:
Exercise is one of the best ways to improve your mood and enhance your energy-stamina. Physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day will give you a good dose of mood-boosting endorphins and will rev up your metabolism so you can face the daily hustle and bustle. Choose a form of exercise that you enjoy and do it with people that will hold you accountable. For example, sign up for a cycling class with your friends that has a schedule that aligns with your own. You’ll be motivated to attend classes and keep up your healthy habit, when you have a set time and others that expect your presence.
While physical activity is a great solution for the well-being of your body and mind, mental activities can also accomplish the same. Pick up the practice of meditation to reduce your stress and increase your happiness. Meditation has been found to benefit your sleep, by improving the total waking time and sleep quality of those who practice frequently. This improved quality of sleep will help you stay focused and alert throughout the day to handle the ups and downs of your family’s daily life. Meditation can also help you manage anxiety, so your racing and worrying mind can experience a state of even-keeled calmness. Through meditation, you’ll be a more pleasant and balanced mom.
When you achieve a goal or get something that you want, your brain releases the mood-boosting neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine will make you feel good and immediately improve your mood, sometimes for sustained periods of time. Pick up hobbies that require you to set small, reasonable goals for yourself. For example, you can pick up a crafting hobby like knitting or painting that require you to create a physical product. Or, you can engage in a recreational hobby like hiking, where you must reach the top of a mountain or a viewpoint as your end-goal. Additionally, skill-based hobbies also require you to make goals toward the mastery of the skill. For example, you can visit a shooting range to practice your aim, working up to a consistent performance. Support these hobbies with the tools and materials you’ll need. For hiking, invest in a pair of high-quality hiking boots, and for shooting, purchase your own rifle to take to the range.
Self-care doesn’t necessarily mean you should only take part in solitary activities, but also includes socializing with friends. Set aside time for coffee with other moms, so you can connect about the trials and rewards of motherhood. Swapping stories and finding the similarities in your daily experiences will give you a sense of solidarity and make you feel less alone. Socializing is a therapeutic activity that will relieve stress and help you develop meaningful and rewarding relationships.
You must take care of yourself in order to take care of your family. Find activities and hobbies that will support the well-being of your health, both physically and mentally. Once you invest in mood-boosting habits, you will be the best mom for your family.