Managing a career and family can take a toll on your mental and physical health. If you want to succeed at working motherhood it's important to take care of yourself then everyone else. Otherwise you may suffer from burnout where you are so exhausted you can't take care of anyone including yourself.
But these are words you've heard before, right? The typical "put your air mask first" type of advice.
The truth is if you continue to take care of everyone else's needs... before your own (aka the disease to please) you will burn out. The good news is there are small changes you can make that will make a BIG impact on your self-care. Here they are in no particular order.
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You probably know what kind of exercise you'd like to fit in your weekly schedule but you lack accountability to do it. Get accountable by:
- Getting your friends involved. Purchase an activity tracker, like FitBit, and challenge your friends to hit their goals.
- Join a local Facebook page and report your exercise results.
- Make plans to meet friends out for a walk, run, or a time at the gym.
- Challenge your husband to a workout after the kids go to bed. Couples who sweat together stay... together!
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It's funny that when I became a working mom I discovered that food was fuel. If I ate unhealthy food I could feel it's effects compared to when I made healthier food choices. I was, all of a sudden, responsible for so much, that I couldn't afford to eat poorly.
If you're not sure how to make a change to your diet Pinterest makes it incredibly easy to find quick healthy meals. Turn Pinterest into an online recipe box of meals to try and then if you like them mark them as a... favorite you can go back and make again.
Have your kids get on Pinterest with you and select delish foods they want to try, too. Making your change in diet a family affair will turn into an adventure you don't have to go alone.
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Yes, you need 7-8 hours of sleep a night, should avoid stress, and take care of yourself. Easier said than done, right? Not if you have a plan to do so! Don't you feel more in control of things if you've mapped out what you're going to do?.
We are all busy. But if you let the to-do list run your day instead of setting your priorities thoughtfully and reasonably, you'll be a ball of stress in no time. Next thing you know, you'll catch one of the colds or coughs that your... kids bring home from school.
Whether it's a long walk after dinner, or a Saturday afternoon escape to the spa, find some small thing you can do to indulge yourself. Only you know best what will recharge your batteries and make you a better mom to your kids.
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Speaking of unwinding, one sure way to release your tension and escape for a while is an intimate encounter with your husband or partner. Sex is one of the last things on your mind when you've just had a baby. The first few times after giving birth are unlikely to mark any lifetime high points. But if you make time for date night and remember why you fell in love in the first place, you just might get yourself in the mood -- and recapture some of the old magic.
Sex is important to a happy... marriage and that, in turn, is the foundation of your family. And, hey, who can turn down a good orgasm?Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Unplug From Work and go on Vacation
No matter how successful you are at achieving healthy living goals during the work week, you'll eventually hit a wall. The routine will become unbearable. That's when it's time for a vacation from work.
Take enough time off that you can truly get away from the office and demands of home. Cut the cord (or wi-fi connection) and trust that they can handle any emergencies that arise without you. Enjoy your family, and remember that we work to live -- not live to work.
When you make healthy choices a priority you'll improve your quality of life, be able to make better choices both at work and at home and just in general get happier.