MOMentous Moms Top 10 ways to Stay Mommy Strong

When you become a parent for the first, second, third or anytime really, there is always a chance that you will lose a piece of yourself. A piece of who you were; either before you had children or before your life got more chaotic, from having more children! If this happens, sometimes you get sad, depressed, frustrated; you may feel weak.

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All of us at MOMentous Moms have felt this way at one point or another.

We would like to give you the best ways we found to stay Mommy Strong!

  1. Showering uninterrupted! – Now I’m not saying it has to be alone, just not with your little bundles banging on the door. Whether it is alone or with someone else, having an uninterrupted shower can make all the difference. This can be one of the most challenging things for a new mommy to find time to do! So, put the baby down for a nap and instead of cleaning, go get sudsy!
  2. Get a good sweat going – Working out is one thing a lot of us miss. We loved going for a run alone or heading to the gym. If you cannot do it alone invest in a great jogging stroller, but honestly, being along, with your music is the best recipe.
  3. Date Night – As most new parents will tell you the thing they miss most, is, well, each other! Being a parent, it is easy to miss the person in the trenches with you. Find a sitter and take that handsome man or gorgeous woman out for a night on the town. Even if it’s just an hour for ice cream, it can help TONS!
  4. Catch some Zzzzz’s – Napping is something that you thought went away when your baby went past 6 months. That is not always the case. Little ones are non stop balls of energy and sometimes they wipe a parent out. Even if you don’t sleep, carve out quiet time for both you and baby. Reading, meditating or just sitting is great.
  5. Girls Night!! – Missing the woman you use to be? Missing your girlfriends? Get them together and go! Doesn’t really matter what you do, just make sure to carve out time for your old friends. The saying, you will need the people you knew when you were younger, is true. It helps you keep things in perspective. If they happen to be mommies, have the daddies take the little ones and switch next week.
  6. Dressing Up – I know that a lot of the suggestions up here require it but what about going to the grocery store or mall looking fabulous! Getting out of your mommy clothes rut can be a huge mood booster!
  7. Get Back into the Kitchen – We are not talking dinner here, we are talking gourmet! Find someone to watch the kids and grab your cooking buddy, even if all they do is pour you a glass of wine. You will feel like you are on a date. BTW, no cleaning the kitchen afterward, cuddling is a must.
  8. Mani/Pedi Anyone? – If you can fit in both, fantastic! If not, even one can make your day regardless. Really any pampering is amazing, massage, facial, you name it! Everybody feels better when their feet or nails look beautiful, even if you are rocking yoga pants and tank tops.
  9. Shopping – Some of our moms know the power of retail therapy! Buying something amazing, that you can afford, can bring a persons spirits up tremendously. Just make sure to actually find the time to rock that great purchase!
  10. Last but Certainly not least, DANCE IT OUT! – We are huge fans of dancing out of our funk. When something is bothering you whether it is by yourself or with a friend, put on music that makes you feel great and dance! Dance until you cannot feel your feet. This is one that even the little ones might join in on 😉

We hope some of these tips will help you stay mommy strong. Remember you are no good to anyone else if you are not good to yourself! 

Stay Mommy Strong,

Your MOMentous Moms

This was first published on July 19th, 2014.

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9 Comments

  1. As a mom of three I never do anything for myself. I really would love to get a pedi or catch some ZZ’s. Having 3 kids 3 and under I never seem to get enough sleep.
    Brittany Dickerson recently posted…Date Night at HomeMy Profile

    1. I have one kid under three and I am exhausted all the time I cannot imagine 3! If possible, hand them to dad and sneak out for an hour long pedi, it will refresh you!
      MOMentous Moms recently posted…Baby Number 3, or No, or….My Profile

  2. So fabulous! Expecting our fourth child in January, these tips are right on time! We do utilize most of them already like a weekly date night, I workout 5 days a week, but haven’t had a girls night in years it seems and a mani/pedi would be great too! Thanks for sharing!
    -Natasha | http://www.lovelyyoublog.com

    1. Thank you for reading! I know girls night was something I had pretty much stopped doing and we made a point to start doing it at least once a month. It is SO nice to be out with my friends and be able to have a conversation without stopping and yelling at someone or addressing a cry every 5 minutes. Very worth it!

  3. Such great tips. Sometimes I become overwhelmed in the planning of events to have a moment of peace and quiet that I end up giving up (we have a special needs child and childcare is virtually impossible at times). Will definitely try and be better!
    Laura Martin recently posted…Insurance battlesMy Profile

    1. I am the same way. I used to ask my friends days in advance and say when do you want to do it and half the time I got so bogged down the get togethers or time away ended up not happening. That is why even something like a shower or dressing up just a little can be a lifesaver. If all else fails dance it out!

  4. Such great tips! Especially dancing… I just zone and let the music take me away!

    1. It is my FAVORITE! I love just dancing until I can’t feel my feet and now that my daughter is older she gets in on the fun!

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