Wanting to be a more joyful mom? Looking for some relief from that “postal” feeling you have from time to time? Hoping that your children remember your smile more than your crabby, naggy disposition?
You and me both, Sister.
Motherhood is a challenging job, no doubt. But the rewards can be amazing. If we know where to look for them and have eyes to see them when they’re there.
One way to find more joy is simply to get outside.
Sometimes the cares of hearth and home can drag us down. You may keep an immaculate home or you may be digging yourself out. You may be super organized or you may be a work in progress.
Regardless, in the quest for more joy in our lives as MOMS, it’s good to step outside our four walls and take a long look around us. Perhaps you can take a hike in the woods, a walk along the beach or simply a loop around the block.
Make it a family outing.
Taking your children with you can be a wonderful change of pace for all of you. Recent excursions for our family have included trips to the park, skipping rocks in the river, and walking along the cliffs at the beach. The kids get exercise — and run off excess energy — and we all come home full of fresh air and tired in a good way.
Yes, there’s work involved when you all head out to the Great Outdoors. But, generally speaking, I’ve never found an outdoors outing to be a true failure. Now, a grocery shopping trip? That’s another story.
I’m not really a nature girl, but I’ve found that it’s a good thing to explore with my kids. They run and laugh and play. And I have a good time watching them. And skipping a few rocks of my own.
Recently, we planted a small planter of tomatoes and basil. FishBoy6 loves to help me water. We stand in the sunshine, get wet, and talk.
Weather trends may be against you during certain seasons, but there’s almost always a way to enjoy being outside if you’re tooled up appropriately. You may need to bookmark weather.com and reference it often. But the rewards to being outside on a regular basis are huge.
Find the place that soothes you.
Different locations appeal to different people. Does the beach relax you? Head there if you can. Prefer a hike in the woods, then get out. Whatever scenery is your style, find a way to make it more of a habit in your life.
I love the afternoon breeze and to relax on a blanket or in a hammock. But, I realized that the park is not the place to do this. I need to be counting heads or spotting climbers at all times. But, my backyard is a safe bet for letting the kids play while I relax in our shady nook.
And don’t be afraid to go it alone. If the kids are cared for, take off on your own (or take hubby with you), and stroll along the sand sans children. Moments away from the family yet still enjoying nature can be doubly refreshing.