2 Habits That Keep Life Balanced

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As a stay at home mom, you have so many roles that you fill. It can be overwhelming and exhausting at times.

You make sure the house is clean and tidy, take care of your families’ needs, run the errands, make the meals. And on top of all that you have responsibilities at church and in the community. You have a marriage to keep alive and then there’s making sure you are taken care of as well.

You probably even pay the bills, schedule appointments, take care of extended family members, chauffeur your family from place to place. The list could go on and on!

Sometimes we fill our lives with so many things that our lives start to become unbalanced.

Certain activities take up too much of our time while other areas are neglected.

Think for a moment.

What is one area of your life that is being neglected?

Is it your health? Your family? Your home? Your marriage?

I don’t ask this to make you feel guilty but rather to have you take an honest look at your life right now. If you ever feel like an important area of your life is being neglected, you know that your life is unbalanced, and you need to make changes. Here’s how to do that.

Habits for a Balanced Life as a Stay at Home Mom

1. Know your top 5 priorities.

Last year I read the book Say Good-bye to Survival Mode (affiliate link) by Crystal Paine, and that is where I first heard the idea to pick your top 5 priorities. When you know what your top 5 priorities are in life, you know what you need to be spending your time on to have a balanced life.

These priorities may change throughout the different seasons of your life.

That’s why it’s important to reevaluate your priorities from time to time. This may be something you do once a year or a couple of times a year. Five years ago, a balanced life looked different than my life does today because I’m in a new season of life and my priorities have changed.

If you have never thought about what your top priorities are as a stay at home mom, then take some time to think through them.

My top 5 priorities for a balanced life:

  • My Spiritual, emotional, and physical health
  • Feeding my family
  • Clothing my family
  • Making connections with my kids every day
  • Making connection with my husband every day

These priorities aren’t the only things that I make sure to do each day, but they are top priority. They get done before other things.

I relate my life to eating a meal.

I want to eat enough food that I am full and satisfied. However, I do not want to fill my body with so many wonderfully tasting foods that I am stuffed and uncomfortable.

Fill your life with what makes you satisfied but not uncomfortably stuffed!

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2. Make time for your priorities.

Once you know what you need to do each day to feel balanced, then it is time to make room for those priorities. If you don’t plan for those things to get done, they won’t happen on accident. You’ve got to be super intentional about making them happen.

My best advice for this is to follow a stay at home mom schedule. It doesn’t have to be a rigid, minute-by-minute plan that you must follow every day. Instead just think of it as planning in what order what you will do things every day.

Here’s how that looks in action with my priorities above.

Priority #1 was my spiritual, emotional, and physical health.

This is number one because when you take care of yourself, you’ll be able to take care of your family. This means I include the following in my day:

  • Wake up before kids and have quiet time.
  • Eat all 3 meals.
  • Go for a walk in the evening.

Priority #2 was feeding my family. 

  • On Thursdays I make a meal plan and grocery list.
  • On Fridays I go grocery shopping.
  • Each day, I think about the next meal and make sure I have a plan to prepare it.

Priority #3 was clothing my family.

  • Each morning I throw a load in the washing machine, put it in the dryer.
  • In the afternoon, I fold the clothes and put them away.

Priority #4 was making connections with my kids every day. 

  • I do this by eating meals with them.
  • I spend time playing with them in the mornings.
  • At bedtime I give them my full attention for about 30 minutes as they get ready for bed.

Priority #5 was making connections with my husband. 

  • We text throughout the day.
  • I spend one-on-one time with him each evening.

Each of these priorities has been specifically planned for throughout my day. This means those important things get done and my life feels balanced. I still have time for other things that may not be a priority but I still want to include in my life.

So be sure to list out the things that are most important for you to do each day. Then make a plan so that they get done. You’ll experience balance as a stay at home mom!

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20 thoughts on “2 Habits That Keep Life Balanced

  1. This is really good, Emily! I love the idea of a “top 5” list. I’m going to work on that this weekend. Also, I understand the need to re-evaluate blogging and SO appreciate your desire to do it with excellence. I cut back from 5 to 3 posts earlier this year and I haven’t regretted that decision. I find that I’m even more inspired to write and I’m proud of the work I’m able to accomplish on the blog. You have great content and I love reading your posts!

    1. Thank you so much, Whitney. I love your blog too and get so much inspiration from what you share! It is good to know others can relate to needing to cut back on blog posts. It was a decision that I really put off making, but I knew I needed to for a few months now. I’m glad to know that cutting back was the right decision for you too!

  2. This is good, Emily! I am in the process of tweaking and revamping several things and this has given some things to think about. Knowing your priorities is huge!

  3. Blogging is overwhelming! There is always something to be done. I went from blogging 5 times a week to 3 times a week, and am now at 2. I’m constantly reevaluating! And good for you about declining the daycare job. I’m actually hoping and planning to cut back on piano lessons next year so I have more time at home.

    1. Oh, I hope that works out for you, Kristen! Yes, blogging seems like a never ending job. I really enjoy it, but I don’t want it to become a burden. The job offer was actually a high school position with the benefit of free daycare. I guess I should have been clearer. 🙂 Nonetheless, it wasn’t for me!

    1. They really are important! I’m glad you can relate to having to cut back on the number of posts. Every season of life is different in the amount that we can handle, and I knew it was time for me to cut back.

  4. I can totally relate! I am struggling to get content out just once a week… and as soon as I finish writing, I hit “publish”, without proofreading more than once. I am totally stressing myself out and need to come up with a better system. It’s been so difficult working full time, posting on the blog, keeping up around the house, and most importantly keeping my relationships tight. Thanks for the reminding me to prioritize what’s most important.

    1. Hi, Angela! It sounds like you are very busy! I never knew how much time went into blogging until I started posting on a regular basis. I’m so glad this was an encouragement to you and hope that you will be able to find a system that works!

  5. I have just come across your blog and can’t wait to sit down with a cuppa and have a proper read! This speaks to me so much, I’m also a stay at home mum and managing the house, quality time with my toddler and husband, and also down time for me feels like such a juggling act…in which I’m constantly dropping the balls! I love the idea of identifying your 5 top priorities…this would really help me to work out what to focus my time and energy on. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Oh, Hannah, I can so relate! It does feel like a juggling act. Knowing my top 5 priorities was such an eye opener for me, and I hope that it helps you too!

  6. Wow you have a really great blog here . I have a blog as well and really haven’t wrote in months because life had been crazy and I felt really readers deserve quality over quantity. Definitely glad I found this blog, alot of great advice for any mom! Thanks for the tips. Makes me feel like there is hope after all :).

    1. Oh, Angie, you made my day! I truly want to be an encouragement to those who read my blog. Thank you for taking the time to comment! I agree, quality over quantity! I had to step back to one post a week for that very reason. I hope that you are able to get back into blogging soon.

  7. Emily, it is so nice to see you are writing from the heart and keeping it real. You make it easy on the rest of us showing that we don`t have to stress to be perfect and follow high standards but to keep it simple and focus on the real needs of our love ones. Thanks!

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