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10 Ways to be a Calm Mom


Though mothering is mostly a joy, every parent has those days when the bliss is buried under a mountain of to-do items, which may include sleep. Here are some ways to get your mama groove on every day.

1. Dance

a woman listening to music while wearing headphones

Boogie in the living room (or wherever) for five minutes a day—with your baby, alone, just because. It’s fun for Mama and will remind your wee one of happy times in the womb.

2. Drink plenty of water

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Hydration balances mood and pretty much every system in your body.

3. Be Grateful

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Every day, name three things you’re thankful for; it’s an instant joy boost.

4. Create!

a young woman holding up her paint covered hands

Make something each day, even if it’s just a doodle. It will help you feel like you.

5. Ask for support

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Call a trusted friend, visit a welcoming message board—and receive. Also, give support—check in with someone and see how she’s doing; you’ll both benefit.

6. Laugh

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Find something hilarious about today, which shouldn’t be difficult with your funny little one around.

7. Sleep when your baby sleeps

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Cliché and hard to do—but true.

8. Write

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When you can, take notes. Try the one-sentence journal or a six-word memoir.

9. Eat your greens

a mom cooking some vegetables with her daughter

Fresh veggies make everything better. You can also mash them up in a blender when your baby is ready for food—she may love them too!

10. Move, preferably outside

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Even if you’re exhausted, go for a walk. Fresh air is essential to sanity. And when it rains: Pop in a yoga or fitness DVD, or gently stretch.

Be kind to yourself

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You’re doing your best. After that: Have faith, let go, trust.

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