Becoming a mom changes every aspect of your life. You can no longer get into a regular long shower nor go for that few hour chitchat with friends because of all the piled up responsibilities waiting for you at home. Embracing motherhood will make you see that there is another side of the world that you haven’t discovered yet. You would come to that point where you no longer care about yourself because you need to focus on the needs of your family. In the healthcare diaries, it is always the mom who sacrifices a lot just to provide everything for the kids and the husband.
No matter how busy you are as a mom, you also need to take care of yourself. It may not be easy especially for those who are first-time moms. Here are some easy ways you can give yourself the needed physical and emotional pampering without forgetting about your responsibilities:
Take vitamins daily.
Your body has changed when you gave birth. You now need more nutrients especially if you are breastfeeding. And even if the kids have already grown, you still need to add more nutrients to make sure that you will not experience physical conditions that can result in a nutrient deficiency. You are the one that serves as a light to your family. You need to take care of your body because it is your most important possession.
Do mini workouts.
A mother needs to work from sunrise to sunset. And sometimes, there is no more time for workouts. If you want to be physically fit, you should allot thirty minutes to less than an hour for mini workouts. You can do this while everyone else is asleep early in the morning. Wake up thirty minutes earlier than the usual and jog around. This way, you will still have some cardio exercise. You can also include few minutes of stretching. This will help you feel more active the whole day, and it can also help you sleep better at night.
Eat real meals instead of just grazing all day.
Make it a habit to eat a full breakfast before starting your day. The mistake of a lot of moms is that they do not take eating a priority and just eat whatever is available in uncontrolled amount. This can cause obesity, and on the other side, it can also be a reason for you to experience nutrient deficiency that can lead to other more severe conditions.
The body needs water for the brain to function well. If you are dehydrated, you will find yourself feeling dizzy, inactive and even experiencing a headache the whole day. If you do not want your activities to be stopped, you have to drink a lot of water.
Get the sleep you need
Being a mom is tiring, especially if you are doing everything at home. You will find yourself unable to move actively because you are tired. This is why you need to get the sleep you need. When the kids are all tucked in bed, go and get some sleep. Leave the other responsibilities for tomorrow.
Get regular physicals
It would be great if you are going to choose a sport or an activity that you can engage in. Choose one day of the week for this activity. This way, you will still have something that can keep your body active.
Make exercise fun
When you are a very busy person, you do not find exercise to be beneficial to your body. This is why you need to add some perks to exercise. You can add some special effects to it that can make you motivated. You can consider outdoor activities. This way, you will be able to appreciate the world around you.
Keep healthy snacks on hand.
Moms have this mistake of buying unhealthy food. If you want to maintain a healthy body, be very careful of the food that you eat. Always put some healthy snacks at home, this way you will not be tempted to eat something that will not be beneficial to your health.
Here are some other tips that will help you lessen stress as a mom:
Start small. Do not be overwhelmed with the tasks at hand. Do it one at a time.
Talk it out. If you are feeling stressed about something at home, take time to talk about it with someone you trust.
Enjoy nature. There is a healing power in the environment that will help you recover after a tiring day. Open the window, look out as you drink that cup of coffee.
Take a break. You do not have to beat yourself up. Take that much-needed break. You can stop what you are doing for an hour and just continue whenever you are ready.
Rise early. This will help you organize all the things you need to do for the whole day.
Adapt. Everything will eventually change. Do not cage yourself with the thought that you can still get the life you had before. Embrace the change, and you will see how beautiful life is with your family.
Laugh a little. Do not take life seriously. Always find time to laugh and relax a bit.
Just let go. If there are things that made you feel upset, do not put it inside your head. Let it fly with the wind.
Being a mother is very rewarding. You just have to balance your family and personal life for you to achieve a peaceful and happy life with your family.
Ryan Varela is the CEO of Boost Health Insurance which provides customized and affordable health care plans for thousands of customers across the United States. Ryan has nearly a decade of experience in the healthcare industry and continues to serve the greater need to educate and deliver access to affordable options to those who need health care the most.