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How to Thrive as a Mom

This is a quick post from Kari, a friend of mine that I’ve known since college.  She has written a book for young moms and wants to tell you a little about it.  This post contains my affiliate links to her book.  I’ll turn it over to her now.

Dirty diapers, fevers, vomit, kisses, snuggles, midnight feedings, more kisses, boo-boos… motherhood is full of so much. Ever since I became a mom 6 years ago, I feel as though I have been stretched in ways I never would have imagined. There have been moments of pure craziness as I attempt to thrive as a mom when most of the time it seems like just surviving the day is enough.

Sometimes surviving is what happens. In my first summer with my little baby and toddler, I felt like I was barely surviving. It was exhausting and challenging. I know that some of you are currently feeling these feelings as well. Your days are filled with reheated coffee and the ups and downs of motherhood. It seems as though you are fighting a never ending battle.

We all know that life with little ones is a brief window of time, but when you are in the depths of this season, it can seem like an eternity. I kept hearing older moms tell me that it will get easier as they watched me push the stroller and contain the toddler. While I knew this was true, I also knew that I didn’t want to wait for it to get better. I wanted to start thriving now- not later.

I want you to know that you can thrive as a mom. There is so much more to life than simply surviving it. You can start thriving right now! Over time, I have started to change some things in my life and I am noticing a difference. It is all based on simple things such as embracing your gifts, letting go of perfection, quitting the comparison game. It is a lot of letting go and doing less- not more. All simple things that produce life changing results.

It can be easy to fall into the habit of holding onto the bad moments.  Cheerios are spilled all over the floor, tantrums are thrown and it seems as though the entire day is over and it isn’t even lunch time!  However, we can learn to stop in our tracks and let go of the bad.
  • 1) Figure out your triggers. What is it that tends to Send you downwards into a bad day? Write these down.
  • 2) Prepare yourself. Now that you know what these triggers are, you can mentally prepare yourself and have a plan. I was having a really hard time with mornings. It seemed like things would constantly go wrong. After some time, I decided to start waking a little earlier. This gave me time to have some coffee and prepare for my day. It is a simple solution and my mindset is ready for what happens. (This is Ashley popping into say that if you want inspiration for waking up early check out MakeOverYourMornings.com – it’s a game changer!)
  • 3) Let go of the bad. It may sound so simple but it is a vital part of thriving. We must let go of the bad moments, and move forward. Holding onto these things will cause us to be blinded to the good moments that are hiding around the corner of a bad moment.
What are some ways you have learned to thrive as a mom?

If you would like to read more on these tips to thrive as a mom, check out my e-book, Why Just Survive When You Can Thrive. It is purposefully written with short, easy to read chapters- perfect for the busy mom. It is currently only $2.99 for the Kindle on Amazon or you can purchase the PDF here.

Why Just Survive When You Can Thrive

* Keri Snyder shares over at Living In This Season where she encourages moms in all different seasons. She is married to her husband Nick and they have three children. They live in Charleston, SC and love beautiful weather and beaches.

7 Natural Ways to Stay Energized

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Natural Ways to Stay Energized

Some days, you may feel like you need 10 cups of coffee to function. Sure, coffee can give you a temporary boost, but there are other, natural ways to get an energy boost and feel more alert.

1.) Apples. When you’re tired, you might get a craving for sugar. Stay away! Eating a sugary snack will only lead to a crash later on. However, eating an apple will appease your sweet tooth and give you a steady sugar boost. Plus, it’s healthy!

2.) Stretching. Certain yoga poses can help re-energize you and can easily be done in the workplace. Try doing a forward fold next time you’re tired. Just stand up and bend forward. Touch the floor if you can, but if you can’t, that’s fine too. Hold it for 20-30 seconds. This pose will get your blood circulating and flowing to your head, which will make you feel more awake and alert.

3.) Take a walk. I know it can be hard to take a walk break when you work eight hours a day, but at least try to take a five minute walk every hour. If you don’t have time to exercise in the evening, at least you got in 40 minutes of walking while you were at work! This gives you a chance to get outside and be in the sun, which will instantly make you feel better.

4.) Exercise. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity five days a week. Not only is exercise important for your general well being, it will help you sleep better which means you’ll be less tired on a daily basis. Furthermore, some days you may feel too tired to work out, but exercising will instantly wake you up. Try exercising in the morning before work for a week to see what effect it has on you.

5.) Stay hydrated. Sometimes you feel tired because you’re actually dehydrated. According to Active.com, “Dehydration leads to fatigue because it impacts the flow of oxygen to the brain and causes your heart to work harder to pump oxygen to all
your bodily organs, making you more tired and less alert.” Invest in a big, BPA-free, water bottle to bring to work and make sure you’re drinking enough throughout the day.  This water bottle is currently on my Amazon wish list. 🙂

6.) Stop drinking coffee. Sure, coffee will wake you up, and you may even drink a cup every morning. That’s fine. But keep in mind that if you’re drinking coffee in the afternoon, it may be affecting your sleep, which leads to fatigue the next day. Try not drinking coffee past 3-4 p.m.

7.) Chew gum. No coffee on hand? Have a stick of mint gum. (This Simply Gum looks pretty great but I haven’t tried it yet) The minty flavor and smell may help you wake up. If you can’t chew gum, try having some mint tea or lighting a minty candle.

These are just a few natural ways you can help yourself feel energized throughout the day. Next time you feel tired at work, try one of these before reaching for that Red Bull or 5 Hour Energy!