Any other moms out there always looking for ways to improve their overall well-being? 🙋♀️🙋♀️🙋♀️
You know, the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy?
When it comes to health and fatigue, moms rate them as worse (health) and higher (fatigue), when compared to women without children.
It’s not all bad, and we aren’t trying to focus on the negatives, BUT, becoming a parent is a HUGE huge huge transition for anyone going through it, so we want to talk about a few ways to help you figure out your new normal.
Top Complaints From New (Millennial) Moms
According to Ask Wonder, the main complaints focus around balancing time (feeling rushed), feeling tired, and feeling stressed.
Let’s break it down:
- Sleep Loss (58%)
- Stress (54%)
- Physical Exhaustion (51%)
- Sore Nipples/Breast Tenderness (48%)
- Backache (46%)
- Weight Control (45%)
- And More
That didn’t even touch on the topics of loss of self or isolation, money issues, and lack of free time.
Combine being exhausted, with loneliness, constantly rushing from thing to thing, and oh yeah, keeping little humans alive! That’s A LOT.
How Is Well-Being Defined?
The CDC breaks it down nicely when it talks about well-being including the presence of positive emotions and moods and the absence of negative emotions. Overall well-being can really be broken down into several areas. We will discuss those below with ideas on how you can improve your well-being.
- Physical Well-Being: Taking care of your body and feeling energized enough to tackle the day. It’s hard to feel amazing if you have constant aches or concerns over your body.
How To Improve Your Physical Well-Being: This encompasses A LOT, so I’ll try and narrow it down to a few key things. Physical well-being is living in a balanced state of body, mind, and spirit according to AANA. What does that mean: daily exercise to keep your body strong, healthy nutrition to fuel you and give you natural energy, and a focus on sleep (to allow your body to rest and rejuvenate).
- Economic Well-Being: Having present (basic needs like food, housing, utilities, health care, transportation, education, child care, clothing, and paid taxes) and future financial security (to take care of emergencies, meet financial goals, build financial assets, and maintain desired income throughout your life).
How To Improve Your Economic Well-Being: This is a big one! If you can’t afford to feed yourself, not a lot of other things matter. Once your basic financial needs are met, here are a few tips to set yourself up for future success: work to pay off all of your debt, have a 3-6 month emergency fund, and save for retirement. If you want to learn more about finances, Dave Ramsey does a great job of breaking it down. And finally, look for a career that brings you joy, has growth opportunities and meets your financial goals.
- Social Well-Being: Having supportive relationships is one of the strongest predictors of well-being. Being a mom can be a lonely job. Even though we are never alone (with littles following us around :)) we still crave some adult connection.
How To Improve Your Social Well-Being: Set up mommy and me playdates. Let your kids have some friend time while you catch up with other moms. Join a book club, gym, or other hobbies! It might be hard to get together with friends right now but with technology, you have the opportunity to connect with people all over the world through things like Facebook Groups, online PenPal sites, and Zoom!
- Emotional Well-Being: The ability to function in society and meet the demands of everyday life. People in good mental health have the ability to effectively recover from illness, change, or misfortune.
How To Improve Your Emotional Well-Being: If you are working on your physical, social, and psychological well-being, you are also working on your emotional well-being. But here are a few more things to look out for: express your feelings in appropriate ways, strive for balance, and be aware of your emotions. Look out for things that frustrate you or make you sad and find ways to address those.
- Psychological Well-Being: This is a combination of positive relationships with others, personal mastery, autonomy, a feeling of purpose and meaning in life, and personal growth and development.
How To Improve Your Psychological Well-Being: Oftentimes, mamas feel a little depleted in the personal growth and development department. Between changing dirty diapers, refereeing arguments between older siblings, and cooking (cleaning, homeworking, working, etc.) it’s hard to find time for personal growth. The thing is, moms are growing every day. Whether that’s becoming a better (more efficient) cook, or sewing the latest Halloween costume, or learning how to do a sweep clean of the house in 30 minutes (before people stop by), don’t sell yourself short, you’re learning and growing daily!
- Development and Engaging Activity: Think of babies and young children. Free play is not only natural and fun for them, but it’s how they develop. This is how they learn about the world. They also learn things like confidence, self-esteem, resilience, interaction, social skills, independence, curiosity, and coping with challenging situations. Just because we get older doesn’t mean those things stop. Continue to “play”. Reading, writing, rollerblading, coloring, 4-square, whatever helps you learn and grow.
Finding Comfort In Your Well-Being
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Working on your overall well-being is a neverending job. And we are always creating products to help you live your best life. Whether that’s sleeping better, helping you get more energy, and helping you chillax, we are here to help you simplify and improve your life!