Less Stress and More Joy: How to Enjoy Being a Mom

Being a mom is one of the most challenging—yet rewarding—roles we can take on. It’s a job with no pay and hours that don’t allow regular breaks. But it’s also full of moments of joy and great satisfaction when you see your children grow up strong and independent. And while there are times when feeling stressed or overwhelmed with all the responsibilities is normal, it doesn’t have to be the only way to experience being a mother. With faith in God, positive mental outlooks, and practical tips for balancing your life, you can find less stress and more joy in being a mom!

Define Your Priorities

As a Christian, it is vital to define your priorities to ensure you have time for yourself, your family, and your faith. It can be so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life that we forget to take care of ourselves and nurture our relationships with loved ones and God. By taking the time to prioritize our responsibilities, we can ensure that we are giving each aspect of our lives the attention it deserves. When we prioritize time for ourselves, we can better care for others. When we prioritize time for our family, we strengthen those bonds that are essential for our well-being. And when we prioritize our faith, we draw closer to God and find peace and purpose in our lives. When you define your priorities you can experience less stress and more joy.

Create a Plan

Some areas of life require more attention and care than others. Like your kids, for instance. They’re naturally going to be attention hogs, and rightly so. It’s important to take stock of the other aspects of your life and create a plan to manage them in the best way possible. Going about life willy-nilly usually causes more stress than joy. Start by writing down specific action steps for the areas you’ve identified as needing more care, along with deadlines and reminders to stay on track. Keep your plan organized by breaking it down into smaller, achievable goals. Don’t forget to review and adjust your plan regularly, so you can stay flexible. After all, we know being a mom means being flexible! Take the time to identify these areas, create a plan, and trust in God’s guidance as you move forward on this journey called life.

Get Organized

God wants us to live a life that is filled with joy instead of stress. In John 10:10 Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” One way of experiencing that abundant life is by staying organized. If you find yourself struggling with day-to-day tasks, it’s time to take a step back and figure out ways to streamline your routine. It may seem overwhelming at first, but with the Lord’s help and a positive attitude, you can conquer clutter and chaos. Go back to your plan and see where you may need to make adjustments. What is stealing your joy? Next, create a schedule that allows for breaks in between tasks, so you can recharge and focus on what’s important. Remember, God is on your side as you embark on this journey toward more joy and less stress.

Make Time For Fun

It’s so important to make time for fun in a life that can be filled with responsibilities. Taking a few moments each day to do something you enjoy can help relieve stress and bring a sense of joy to your life. Spending quality time with your family is vital because it strengthens bonds and creates memories that will last a lifetime. As Christians we should remember that life is a gift from God and it’s important to enjoy it to the fullest. So, whether it’s playing a board game, going for a walk, or simply having a conversation, make sure to prioritize fun and time spent with loved ones. If something on your to-do list doesn’t get done, just move it to tomorrow’s list.

Connect With Other Moms

We know motherhood can be a wonderful, yet challenging experience. It’s comforting to know that you’re not alone in this journey. Connecting with other moms who understand the struggles and joys of motherhood can be so helpful. You’ll find that there are supportive groups or individuals who can offer advice, share their experiences, and simply be there for you during tough times. Groups like MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) offer local groups where moms with young kids can gather for fellowship, fun crafts, and inspirational messages. It’s important to build a community of women who share your values and beliefs, and who can offer encouragement and hope. Through these connections, you’ll realize that you’re not only a mom, but a valuable member of a community of strong, loving, and caring women. So why not take the step today to reach out and connect with other moms? You’ll find that you’ll be blessed beyond measure.

Practice Self-care

In times of stress and uncertainty, it’s more important than ever to practice self-care. As Christians, we know that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and we are called to care for ourselves as such. This means taking time to rest, nourish ourselves with healthy food and exercise, and spend time in prayer and meditation. Remember, taking care of ourselves isn’t selfish, it’s necessary for us to be able to serve and love others well. So take a deep breath, be kind to yourself, and prioritize self-care in your daily routine. The Lord is with you every step of the way, giving you strength and peace as you care for yourself and those around you.

Being a mom is one of the most challenging yet rewarding roles out there. But it’s essential that you nurture yourself, as well as your family and faith, to not only survive but to thrive. Take some time to manage your life purposefully and connect with other moms who can understand and relate. Additionally, make sure you create moments in the day for fun and relaxation so you can maintain balance while balancing all motherhood’s demands. Don’t forget to practice self-care frequently so you can recharge your batteries. And we recommend downloading the Abide app for daily meditations that will help to bring inner peace throughout this journey of motherhood. With God as your guide, be bold and fierce in pursuit of bettering yourself — no matter how hard it might seem. We know that you are capable of accomplishing great things!