Let’s face it. The life of a mother isn’t a walk in the park. Raising children, maintaining a household, working, and juggling personal relationships is a lot of work. Tackling each day causes many women to develop unhealthy habits. Unfortunately, over time these unhealthy habits can lead to mental and physical conditions. Not to mention, a lesser quality of life.
All you want is to be the best mom, wife, employee, daughter, sister, and friend you can be. Yet, to be any of those things requires you to be in the best possible health. That means, eliminating those unhealthy habits and finding alternative solutions to living the busy mom lifestyle. Here’s a look at some of the most common habits and ways to make improvements.
One of the unhealthy habits most moms are probably guilty of – skipping breakfast. Your mornings are filled with getting the kids ready for school, packing their lunches, and making sure they eat. Who has time to enjoy a hearty breakfast with all that on their plates?
Breakfast is by far, one of the most important meals of the day. It’s the nourishment that the body needs to function properly. Keeping up this habit reduces the nutrients your body receives each day, disrupts your blood sugar levels, causes unhealthy cravings, and more.
How can make sure you’re eating breakfast as you should? Get up a few minutes earlier to prepare it or you can start making quick things like fruit and veggie smoothies.
Though it would seem that sleep deprivation and motherhood go hand in hand, not getting the right amount of rest each night will catch up with you. Trying to wing it on a couple of hours of rest can increase your risk of developing diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. It can also impact your mood causing you to feel irritable. Not to mention slowed productivity, brain fog, and a host of other effects.
There could be several reasons why you’re not getting enough rest. If you’re stressed, it is best to work through those problems so you can sleep peacefully. If you suffer from anxiety, insomnia, or other health condition that could alter your sleep patterns, then talk with a doctor or therapist to receive treatment.
If none of these are your issues, then perhaps it’s your sleeping environment. Where you sleep can have an effect on how well you sleep. If your mattress is older than 10 years, consider looking into newer, healthier brands like Essentia with organic materials for better rest. Installing a programmable thermostat would allow you to have better control over the temperature at night. Lastly, remove distractions like televisions and cell phones and develop a bedtime routine.
Trying to Take On the World
Its somehow in a woman’s nature to try to take on the world all on her own. Whether she’s a single mother or a married woman with a supportive husband, she feels the need to be and do everything for everyone. Though it’s wonderful to want to be there for everyone in your life, trying to tackle it alone will wear you down – fast.
Life is hectic enough without trying to put more burden on yourself. You end up pushing yourself until you’re mentally and physically burned out. This can lead to everything from chronic stress to resentment of the very people you work so hard to love and support.
Don’t be afraid to say no or to reach out for help when you need it. You have friends, relatives, and other supportive adults in your corner that will assist you. Whether it’s assistance with making meals, getting the kids from school, having some downtime, showing up to a school event, or just a listening ear, you should allow people to help make things easier on you.
Things are always going to be hectic in the life of a mother. Be that as it may, it is important for moms to take better care of themselves. If you’re guilty of skipping breakfast, not getting enough rest, or trying to be a supermom, then perhaps it’s time to make some changes to those unhealthy habits. Utilizing the advice provided above will help to ease your tensions, improve your health, and most importantly, support you in being the best mom you can be.