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Happiness Boosters and Sanity Savers for Moms

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Moms, this post is for you.

I’m writing it on Day #6 of the coronavirus shutdown… the COVID-19 self-quarantine… our new normal. Whatever you call it, it has been 1 week since our world has turned upside down. When they extended the school closure to April 15, it really hit home for me to realize we have multiple weeks of uncertainty and days at home ahead of us as we all do our part to stop this virus from spreading.

In the past week, I have experienced a range of emotions. Anxiety over our economy and our many local businesses and community organizations that are suffering. Worry over my husband’s coughing. Annoyance that our Spring Break plans were canceled. Exasperation as I asked my kids to lower the volume for the 10th time {in one day}. Uncertainty as I try to figure out how Lakeland Mom can serve local families and do our part during this time while not adding to the “noise” we are all seeing everywhere online.

I have also experienced good emotions, especially when I’ve made an effort to look for the silver lining and just slow down. I took my dog on two laps around the neighborhood instead of one, enjoying the breeze with nowhere else to be. We played a family game 3 nights in a row. I stayed up past midnight to finish a great book {The Silent Patient} and slept in a little later. I made myself a list of things I can do while we’re stuck at home to be sure I keep my own spirits up while taking care of everyone else, you’ll find it below. 

We know each person reading this is different. Some of you are still going to work every day. Some of you are working from home with kids around. Some of you are not working because your employer is closed. Some of you already homeschool. Some of you are stay-at-home moms of little ones.

Whatever your situation is, we are ALL experiencing a new way of life as we practice social distancing, only take necessary trips to the store, and simply wait to see what the future holds. Whatever emotions you’re experiencing, consider them normal.

We always hear the sayings “take care of yourself first” and “make self-care a priority.” This has never been more important than right now. That doesn’t require a spa weekend or anything drastic, we’re talking about small things you can do throughout your day that will boost your happiness and save your sanity during this time of uncertainty.

Here is my personal list of ideas. Keep in mind that I work from home and now have 2 kids here with me all day, so that is my frame of reference. Use these ideas to make your own list of sanity-savers and happiness boosters!

  • Listen to music that makes you happy {Music ALWAYS makes me feel better}
  • Read a book, a magazine, anything that isn’t current news
  • Be alone {I’m an introvert – this is a necessity these days}
  • Take a walk – alone, with kids, with the dog, with your spouse, just get outdoors and into the fresh air
  • Text or call a friend each day
  • Facetime a family member
  • Go to bed early
  • Sleep in
  • Take a bath
  • Take a long shower AND play fun music for a double whammy
  • Sit outside – Enjoy the sunshine, read a book, watch the kids do an outdoor activity.
  • Color or paint – I’ll be digging out that adult coloring book I bought and never used.
  • Laugh – My husband and I LOVE comedians. Some of our favorite clean comedians are Brian Regan, Jim Gaffigan, John Mulaney, and Sebastian Maniscalco. Lots of free videos out there.
  • Exercise – There are SO MANY free workout videos on YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Video, etc. This is on my “to-do” list instead of my “done” list so I don’t have any specific recommendations.
  • Organize – I love cleaning and organizing our spaces but those projects never seem to make it to the top of my to-do list. Until now.
  • Make a schedule or a daily to-do list if that makes you happy. I plan to do 1 cleaning/organizing project, 1 Lakeland Mom project, read 1/4 of a book each day, plus plenty of time with my kids.
  • Keep a journal – I hope this time changes my perspective and my priorities and want to look back on it when it is a distant memory.
  • Set specific times to check the news, social media, etc. – if it is making you anxious, dial it back. 

Almost everything here can be done in 15 minutes or less. Find the time, find your little slice of happy. We will get through this!