As moms, we often put ourselves last on the mile long “to-do” list. Putting yourself first requires planning and commitment. It’s important to design a balanced life by making choices that feed your body, mind and soul for a healthier, happier life. Easier said than done, right? Here are a few ways to avoid the guilt and take some much needed you time.
Feed Your Body the Good Stuff.
Good food fuels your body, so make sure you are giving yourself lots of high-quality ingredients. If you want your children to grow up making healthy food choices, it’s important to set the right example. Have an all veggie night, make a trip to the farmers market, make cooking a family activity and take some time to plan quick, healthy, easy meals. Check out our Pinterest board for some ideas.
As a parent, your schedule fills up quickly and when you don’t have plans, you may just want to stay in and “relax.” Be sure to make time to stay connected with friends and family. You may not be able to make weekly get togethers or date nights happen but try to connect without the kids on a regular basis (#relationship goals.) Try a monthly date night, Brunch or coffee, a pizza or movie night so that no one has to feel obligated to entertain.
Keep Up with Your Health.
You wouldn’t let your kids miss an annual check up, physical or dental exam, so don’t let your regular visits fall by the wayside. When your body signals that something may not be right, listen. Neglecting your body’s signals can result in serious health issues down the road. Schedule your check ups, annuals, skin exams, shots and dental appointments when you schedule any kind of appointment for the kiddos.
Get Your ZZZ’s.
A full night’s sleep, wishful thinking right? I mean you can get a lot done when the kids go to bed! We know from research that constant lack of sleep comes with health consequences: increased appetite leading to weight gain, increases the risk of depression, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and overall a bad case of the crabby patties. Establish (as best as you can) a regular bedtime routine and stay clear of caffeine, stimulants and alcohol in the evenings.
Stay In Tune with Yourself.
As a mom, it's easy to lose yourself in the day-to-day of family life: getting the kids to school, laundry, cooking, paying bills, cleaning, etc. Before you know it, you're a faded reflection of your former self. The antidote? Pursue hobbies. Write. Exercise. Read. Staying connected to our interests keeps us joyful.
As the saying goes, “we can't pour from an empty cup." Start making time for yourself by taking small amounts of time for just you. 10 Minutes here, 15 minutes there and a consistent sleep routine will work wonders for the soul. Be patient with yourself, love yourself, be yourself and treat yourself with the same compassion that you show others.