Reclaiming your health after becoming a mom is probably one of the hardest things to do. It is something that is constantly pushed to last -if ever at all. Being a mom means that more often than not, your needs are last to everyone else in your family. I know this because I’ve been there for a few years. I have neglected my health in more ways than one and I do not want you to do the same.
Over the last few months, I have tried many techniques to reclaim my health and here is my top 10
1. Love yourself. This might be the most one of the hardest things for moms to do. After we give birth, we hate out bodies, we lose our sense of self, and begin to question every single about everything. Hello, Mom guilt! And duh, you are amazinggggggg!!!!
2. One Step at a time! To be realistic and successful in your goal to reclaim your health. You need to think one step at a time. Set accomplishable goals. For example, if you want to read a book, start off by setting a goal of a few pages or even one chapter a day! Do not set a goal of reading an entire book in one day! As a result of not accomplishing that task, you begin to feel discouraged.
3. Start off with 5-10 minutes of ME time. And by me time, I mean anything that will make you happy! A longer shower, hiding in the closest eating a bag of chips, going for a walk by yourself, staying up for 5 minutes after the kids go to sleep to just be you.
4. Set Limits! Do what you can and nothing more. Do not feel like a bad parent because you are not entertaining your child every 30 seconds. If letting them watch the TV or IPad gives you a minute to do something else, do it! Do what works for you! Don’t worry about other moms, they aren’t you and aren’t living your life!
5. Learn to Say NO! This goes hand in hand with number 4. Say no to your significant other, your kids, your parents, and your friends, anyone who is trying to make you do something that just isn’t feasible. Say no and do not feel guilty. Again, take care of you!
6. Drink Water. Believe it or not drinking more water will help reduce feelings of fatigue, headaches, dehydration, and many other! Start small, swap out one drink for water, and see how you feel! Then go for 2 drinks. You begin to notice a difference!
7. Eat Healthier! Trust me, I am not a clean eater. I love chocolate, cookies, and bread. All things carbs! What helped was swapping out my typical peanut butter sandwich for salad once a week! Then I went to twice a week and so on for lunch. I noticed a huge difference in my energy and ended being full longer with eating salad! One meal or snack at a time!
8. Support System! Having a good support system in crucial in trying to reclaim your health. Talk to those around you; let your significant other know your feelings and what you want. Be specific. You will be surprised by their response!
9. Music! Who doesn’t love a dance party!? Dance it out, sing it out, blast the music, anything that will give you a rush of endorphins! Even get your kids to join in on the dance party! J
10. Time for Fun!! Time and time again, the day in and out of the daily grind gets to everyone. The kids are driving you crazy, work is on your last nerve, even your significant other may get there too and you just need a break! Take a minute, a deep breath, and try to remember to have fun.
At the end of the day your kids love you. Not what you do for them, not what you made them for dinner believe it or not they just want you. You are more than enough! Kids want to play with you, laugh with you, and spend time with you. Try to see the light and the good in situations and go from there.
One day at a time, one step at a time, one technique at a time. All moms need to remember that they are just as important as everyone else and I hope this helped motivate you to take some time to reclaim your health.