As moms we have a tendency to want to do it all. We get so overwhelmed with the things on our plate, we forget about the most important thing – our health and self care.
We are all busy moms whether we stay home and take care of the kids and home or we work full time and take care of the kids and home once the workday is done.
I’m writing this post because I realize how much taking on too much can affect my health and well being.
One day, I woke up feeling dizzy and nauseous. It was an unsettling feeling that kept me from doing anything. I just wanted to sleep and felt like I didn’t want to do anything in fear of feeling off balanced and nauseous again. After trips to the doctor, I found out I had a case of vertigo, which is an infection of the inner ear. When the inner ear is infected it can cause you to have that unbalanced, nauseating feeling, and in some cases, feel like the room is spinning as you are sitting still. Think of it like the feeling that you’re drunk, except you haven’t had anything to drink.
It also made me realize about how I’ve been treating myself health-wise. Thinking about what I’ve eaten or drank the week before this happened to me, I was drinking coffee in the morning, a strong black iced tea in the afternoon, along with eating fried foods, cookies and ice cream. Along with no supplements in the form of vitamins. My body might have just gone haywire with all the processed foods and caffeine I was consuming. Also, I hadn’t been getting enough sleep either, and I definitely felt a bit stressed out and overwhelmed too.
The most important, SLEEP
Seriously, sleep is so important. No matter what, us mamas need to have a good night sleep. We have a long list of things to do, and we will always feel like there isn’t enough time in the day. We just need to do ourselves a solid and go to bed at a reasonable time. Think about the time you absolutely need to get up in the morning, and add 7-8 hours to that. For me, I have to wake up by 5:45am latest, so I’d need to go to bed by 9:30pm. It sounds so early, but that should be the goal time you are in bed. The list of things to do will always be endless so do what you can until you need to recharge your mama batteries. It will also keep you from getting sick, if you are getting adequate rest.
Be a list maker
For us working mamas making lists at work is helpful to make sure you get your job done. At home it matters just as much. A list for groceries, what meals to cook and what needs to be done in order to make sure the home doesn’t become a hot mess is a great idea. Use your phone, an app like Trello, or even a good old fashioned list on a piece of paper in a notebook to keep you accountable and on track.
Treat yo self!
Take time for you. Whether it is a walk outside listening to music or a podcast, getting your nails done, or even a yoga or cardio session, do this for you. Do something that is for your well being. We love our kids so much and do everything we can for their well being. We have to remember our well being too, as a favor to them!
Eating healthier. For me it is a struggle, and it may be one for you too. I am on the journey to eating healthier and will be sharing more on this in later posts but making sure we are eating good food can affect our health. Drinking lots of water and just being mindful of what we feed ourselves impact how we feel and go about our day.
By doing all of these things, you will not only feel better, but happier. Your happiness and overall wellness reflects how you act towards your kids and your spouse. Also, it will affect how you treat others and how you deal with whatever comes your way throughout the day!
How do you practice self-care for yourself? Share it in the comments!
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