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As a mom, how often do you find yourself putting the needs of others before yourself? Of course, we want to take care of our children and make sure that they’re taken care of in every way possible. But if we aren’t taking care of ourselves, it can be difficult to do that. How many times have you let your own health issues take a back seat because something else came up? It really doesn’t take much to take care of ourselves and today I want to share 10 wellness tips for moms. Really this could be for women everywhere, but as a mom, I know I’m plenty guilty of putting my health and my own needs on the back burner to make sure that my family is taken care of.
As a stay at home and work at home mom, I often find myself getting caught up in one task after another. Be it household, parenting, or business related; there are often days where I blink and it’s time for dinner or time for bed. I’ve come to realize the importance of taking a break, even if it’s just for ten minutes, to do something other than what I’m doing. As a blogger, I’m at my desk and while this may be optimal for work- it’s not always optimal for fitness and wellness.
So how do I counteract this?
For starters, I try to follow my own ten wellness tips and I also try to incorporate ten minutes of movement for every hour that I’m sitting down. This could be as simple as playing a game with Squeaker or getting outside and going for an extended walk later in the day. Whatever the case may be, I know that it’s important to get up and get moving.
10 Wellness Tips for Stay at Home Moms
- First and foremost, look at your diet and how often you’re eating. Wellness and health, for me, begins with what I eat and how often I eat. I was a two meal per day person but now I try to eat five small meals a day: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two small snacks in the mid-morning and early-afternoon.
- What you’re eating is also important. Sure, you might be eating three meals a day but are those meals balanced? And are you then later snacking on overly salty or overly sweet foods? I’m not trying to criticize your food choices, but just to take a look at them. Sometimes, when your body is craving sugar, it may need protein. One easy way to fill this craving is by having yogurt.
- Many of us, myself included, like to start our day with a cup of coffee or tea. And then, throughout the day, we may find ourselves consuming more coffee or tea to keep us going. But, if you’re doing this simply to get a caffeine boost, you’re really doing yourself a disservice. Your body may crash eventually, leaving you tired later in the day. One simple way to combat this is by drinking more water during the day. Staying hydrated is important, and you’ll definitely do yourself more favors drinking water than coffee or tea. Not a fan of water? Try infusing it with fruit or herbs.
- If you aren’t already, consider adding vitamins and supplements to your diet. Many women do not get the recommended amount of calcium. Osteoporosis runs in my mother’s side of the family, so I’ve been trying to stay on top of my calcium intake- either through drinking milk, eating yogurt, or other methods. Vitamin E, as an example, helps to boost your immune system and for those of us concerned about wrinkles- Vitamin E may even help reduce the appearance of wrinkles later on.
- If you smoke, do whatever it takes to quit. I was a smoker for several years but after becoming pregnant with Squeaker, I quit for good. I’m proud to say that I’ve now been smoke free for 2 1/2 years. And yes, I will admit, there are some days that I would love to go down to the local store and buy a pack… but then I look back on the past 2 1/2 years and realize how much better my overall health has been.
- Try to exercise daily. Even if it’s only ten minutes a day, it’s still daily exercise and it’s still getting you moving. A quick walk around the neighborhood or playing on the playground with your kiddos can do a world of wonders. Or you might look into a mommy and me gym class, or mommy and me swim time, or mommy and me yoga. Whatever it is that you decide or whatever fits your lifestyle- do it.
- Try to avoid stress. Yes, I know this one may seem almost impossible to do. But try to combat stress before it happens. Make a list, get yourself organized, meditate for ten minutes.
- Keep your regular medical appointments. This includes your OB/GYN, primary care, eye doctor, dentist, etc. While some days it may seem tempting to just blow it off, this is definitely important when it comes to taking care of yourself.
- Do something that’s just for you. Find a hobby, read a book, take a bath, enroll in a course, start a blog… the ideas are almost endless. But finding something and doing something that’s just for you and not for anyone else can be incredibly gratifying.
- Give back. Whether it’s your time, your money, your talents… find a way to give back. Get your entire family involved in volunteering in your community or have a family challenge to see who can save the most money to donate to a charity.
Just starting out on your health and wellness journey? Unsure of where to start? Be sure to visit your local Walmart on this Saturday, October 10th for America’s Biggest Health Fair. You’ll be able to learn about all kinds of ways to start changing your life in just ten minutes.
What wellness tips would you share with someone just starting out? Will you visit America’s Biggest Health Fair on Saturday?