As a mother you always put your child’s needs before your own. It’s inevitable. However, we still need to care for ourselves! I’ve preached over and over how important that is in order to care for others. Here are a few ways you can take care of yourself.
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When we self-regulate well, we are better able to control the trajectory of our emotional lives and resulting actions based on our values and sense of purpose.
Amy Leigh Mercree
I. Eating healthy
I know, duh–very cliche. But it’s true. I always feel like crap or lethargic when I eat a lot of bad foods. For my 31st birthday last week we went to Red Robin for dinner because–FREE BURGER. After that meal I had to take a whole bunch of pepto because my stomach hurt. I’m not getting any younger, and neither are you. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF.
I’m trying to be more mindful of what I eat now, eating more protein, healthy snacks, etc. Like I mentioned before, if I don’t take care of myself how do I expect to take care of my family?
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II. Working out
Working out of any kind is extremely important. No don’t worry I’m not recommending a two hour workout at the gym! You can do anything from taking a quick stroll down the block, walking up the stairs rather then taking the elevator, Pilates, anything. I really enjoy yoga and should do it more often. Before having kids I use to do yoga at least two to three times a week!
A 30 minute work-out is better then not doing anything at all.. SO GET OUT THERE!
I don’t do this enough but reading is definitely relaxing and a way to relieve stress. I use to read a lot prior to kids and need to seriously get back into it. I enjoy reading Nora Roberts and Nicholas Sparks (didn’t peg me as a romantic did you?). Whether it’s Sci-Fi or Non-Fiction, kick back and relax with a good book some time.
I know, I chuckled when I read that too. If you read my AuCuTee Review post you’ll know that this mom is struggling in the sleep department in a bad way. According to Time Magazine, adults between the age of 24 years old to 64 years old should be getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep, a day.
Wow, I don’t remember the last time I got 7 to 9 hours of sleep! There are many different ways to help sleep: drinking tea, reading a good book, white noise machine, a bath, bed time routine, etc. Definitely get more sleep! Lack of sleep causes weight gain, anxiety, poor health problems, etc.
Writing in a journal or blogging has definitely been a great stress relief in my life. As most of you know Jaxson has had a bunch of hospitalizations and his future is unknown. I found that writing about our adventures is a stress reliever for me. I have seen others getting creative in a bullet journal. If I didn’t already have an Inspired Year Planner I would buy myself a bullet journal.
Take care of yourself friend.
How do you take care of yourself?