With so many things to do in a day, it’s very easy for busy moms to disregard their own health in favor of their family’s wellness. If this sounds like a familiar dilemma to you, remember that taking a break isn’t a selfish thing to do. As I previously chatted about, there is nothing wrong with a mom taking the time to take care of herself, because your health matters just as much. That said, here are some ways to keep healthy even when you are incredibly busy:
1. Don’t Skip Breakfast
There’s a reason why breakfast is often touted as the most important meal of the day. A good breakfast will help you meet your daily nutritional needs as well as give you much-needed energy to face whatever tasks await you. Eating a healthy breakfast also has a positive mental effect, since it sets you up for making healthier choices all throughout the day. You willingly take the time to prepare breakfast for your kids, so why not give your health the same treatment? Fortunately for busy moms, there are plenty of 5-minute healthy recipes to be found online.
2. Schedule Your Self-Care
It’s normal for a mom to put everyone in the family first before herself. But even superheroes need time off, and you are no exception. Amidst all these mommy duties and work, you have to set aside time for yourself. Blogger Shivani Garg explains that your me time will benefit everyone, because it helps keep you happy and relaxed — and therefore in the right mindset to care for the whole family. You can use this time to rest, pamper yourself, or even exercise so that you remain healthy despite your busy schedule.
When it comes to your self-care, be sure to study what routines or products work best for you. For instance, if you’re looking to get your body back to its pre-pregnancy state, then slowly working your way up from walks and light jogs to more advanced workouts like Pilates and yoga may be the key. Research what sort of routines work best for having a toned stomach area once more. Meanwhile, products for pampering and beauty come in all shapes and sizes — from oils to treat stretch marks and regenerative creams to remove wrinkles. In her review of a breast-enhancing soap product, Pretty Me emphasizes the need to approach new items with skepticism and read through independent reviews. It also helps to review the different product ingredients and research how they can work for you — in this case, how they can tighten, tone, and structure the skin around the bust. For achieving your fitness goals, it definitely doesn’t hurt to research and try additional solutions, as they may actually work for you.
3. Accept Any Help
In line with your scheduled me time, do accept help whenever it’s offered. If no one has reached out, then don’t hesitate to ask. While you’re away enjoying your planned self-care, leave the children duties to your partner or a relative. Remember that you don’t need to carry the full weight of these responsibilities by yourself 24/7. Allowing your partner or relatives to take the helm in caring for your children is good for them. That’s because it lets your children create meaningful relationships and allows other adults in their life to get to know them better.
4. Go For Nutrition Hacks
It’s natural for busy moms to take shortcuts when it comes to their nutrition. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as long these shortcuts are still healthy. For instance, when packing snacks, don’t make do with low-carb junk food or sports drinks. Instead, bring bite-sized vegetable pieces or fruit cuts. You can also go for granola bars for an energy boost in the afternoon.
Another shortcut you can take come in the form of health supplements. Sometimes, body fat stays despite all efforts in exercising. Supplements, therefore, can complement your health goals, but only when formulated well. While taking health capsules is indeed a hack, it should not replace diet and exercise. Rather, it’s best taken in conjunction with them.
5. Keep A Journal
Writing in a journal at the end of a day can be therapeutic. The Working Mom’s Balance blog notes that journaling is a form of stress relief and it can help you get through difficult seasons in your life. When you release your thoughts and feelings onto paper, you can look back on them and figure out what to do next — whether it’s about solving a difficult problem or improving relationships with your family. This also helps you understand yourself better by showing you your own thought patterns. You can then work on how to properly address these feelings and be better at peace with yourself.
Do you have any health and wellness tips for busy moms? Let us know what you think in the comments below!