In the busyness of our everyday lives, Mom often comes last. But, it does not have to be that way. There are a number of things that you can do for you through your day. I really believe that when you make time for you, you become more grounded and happy and you also become more fully present for your children.

Happy Mom = Happy Kids

When you are cranky from a bad day or situation, kids will often follow suit resulting in a spiraling-down effect, which can cause some tension in the home. It can leave you feeling drained and can even make you feel like a terrible mother for preventing the situation to happen. By ensuring that your head is clear, refreshed and calm, the positive energy passes to your children, making for a much happier home.

Of course, it's not always that easy, as kids also have their own personal energy and their own daily issues. This can mean that your kids may have their own negative energy built up inside of them, but as the Mom – the “grown up” – you can attempt to turn things around and have meaningful conversations with them about what's going on in their world. By doing this, your kids will be more likely to open up to you, which is extremely important.

Here are 5 things you can do through your day to ensure you keep yourself grounded, positive and energized:

# 1 Sneak out for a walk. Getting out for even just a 10 minute walk can get you re-energized and ready to take on the rest of your day.

# 2 Listen to motivational CD's. Put them on an MP3 player and listen to these during the day when you can.

# 3 Take 3 minutes to stretch. If you work in an office and sit at a desk all day, it can be so easy to get cooked up in your work that you forget to take a break. At least every 45 minutes, stop what you're doing, get up from your chair and do some minor stretches, like bending over to touch your toes and reaching your arms up high in the air. Feel your body rejuvenate as you do this.

# 4 Keep a gratitude journal. Taking just 5 minutes out of your day to write down things that you are grateful for is a very powerful exercise. It allows you to focus on the positive things in your life, making the negatives appear a little less important.

# 5 Take a lunch hour yoga class. Grab some friends and head over to your local yoga studio for an exhilarating class that will get the cobwebs out of your mind and get your zen back on!