You wouldn’t trade your role as a mother for anything in the world. Yet, that doesn’t make it any less difficult. You’re constantly trying to do things to ensure your children are provided for, healthy, happy, and safe. In doing all of this, it leaves very little time for you to do things that are vital to your health and happiness. Though many moms struggle with finding this balance, continuing to neglect your own needs can result in serious physical and mental problems.
So, how do you make your own health and wellness a priority as a mother? Here is some advice below:
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
Whether you’re in a marriage, co-parenting, or a single mother, there is always someone you can turn to for assistance. By relying on others to help you with the immediate and long-term needs of your children, you take some of the pressure off your plate allowing you to focus on your needs. You can ask your spouse, the other parent, your parents, or your friends to pitch in with anything ranging from transportation to and from school to after school activities and dinner.
With everything you have to do and remember on any given day, it is easy to forget about your own needs. The best way to prioritize your health and wellness is to pencil it into your day. Maybe it is best that you make the start of your day the time you focus in on your needs. If so, then opt to wake up at least an hour early. If you’re interested in a membership with gyms with yoga classes in them, look at the schedule to see which days of the week yoga class is offered and add it to your calendar. Maybe you can’t see your besties as often as you’d like, but a once a month brunch date can definitely be scheduled in. Do you want to practice your writing or painting? Schedule some time on the weekend where you can do this without interruption (that’s where asking mom and dad to watch the kids for a few hours comes in handy). Psychotherapist Haley Neidich states that the best tool for busy moms to manage their wellness and improve their mental health is to be sure to regularly meditate. She encouraged her clients to meditate twice a day for at least 5 minutes and says that involving your kids in the process can be a great way to teach them coping skills as well.
It can be hard trying to fit health and wellness into your schedule as a mother, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. The best thing you can do is not put too much pressure on yourself. If you can’t work out five days a week, focus on your personal interests every day, or kick those bad eating habits for a better diet program all at once, that’s not a big deal. Just start simple, with the food we consume, go to this website to check out how we can start simple in a healthy way.”Choose one day a week to work out for 15 minutes, give up one unhealthy item a month, start planning your meals for the next 2 days, spend 30 minutes a day doing one thing that makes you smile. As you continue to do these things and develop routines, then you can begin adding on more
Make it a Family Affair
Instead of trying to figure out how to work around the kids to prioritize your health and wellness, it may be best to include them. There are lots of ways to ensure that your children are happy and healthy while doing the same for yourself. You guys can take the dog out for walks after dinner, ride your bikes, or do exercises at home together. You can go grocery shopping, prep, and make family dinner together. You can also connect with your children on another level by showing them your passions and allowing them to get involved. Teach them about painting or sculpting, show them how to sew or knit, or even enroll in a few dance classes together. Whatever your passions are, you can get your children involved in a fun way that still allow you to enjoy things you love. Lastly, when you want to hang with your friends, schedule a playdate for your kids to hang with theirs.
As difficult as it may sometimes be to put yourself first as a mother, you have to continue to try. The more you invest your time, energy, and resources into your children without giving any to yourself, the more injustice you’re doing your entire family. Find ways to balance the scales by using some of the suggestions provided above for a happier and healthier you.