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Being a parent is a wonderful journey. While it certainly has its stressful moments, it is well worth the effort when you see your kids smile or when they hug you. However, it’s important that, in your goal to be the best mom to them, you don’t neglect your own health and well-being.
You must have heard by now the adage that you can’t take care of others unless you take care of yourself first, and that’s very true. These 5 tips will help you practice self care to be at your best for your family.
Tip #1: Don’t Neglect Your Eyesight
Spending long hours in front of a screen or reading can negatively impact your eyesight, but too often, people neglect it. Your eyes may feel tired and dry if you have eye strain.
As with anything, the earlier you catch a problem with your sight, the easier it is to correct it. So, don’t overlook warning signs that your eyesight is deteriorating. Get an eye exam and if the optometrist suggests reading glasses then be sure to get yourself a pair.
Tip #2: Take Time for Yourself
It doesn’t have to be a lot of time; even 20 minutes each day will do, Of course if you have more time then take it. When you have these moments of alone time, do your best to put aside worries and tasks and spend those precious minutes doing something that matters to you.
Rather than doing something for the house or the kids, do what makes you happy. Maybe it’s yoga for stress relief. Or, maybe it’s indulging yourself in watching TV. You deserve it. And it will have a great effect on your morale! Or, maybe it’s indulging yourself in watching TV. You deserve it. And it will have a great effect on your morale! Using a child care finding service such as Toddle will give you peace of mind whilst you take a well-earned rest.
Tip #3: Make Time to Exercise
Fitness is important on so many levels. There is, of course, the physical level, as regular exercise keeps your body fit, improves blood flow, strengthens your muscles and reduces the risk of various diseases.
Secondly, there’s the psychological aspect. As you may or may not know, your body releases serotonin as you exercise, which is also known as the happiness hormone. You are literally becoming happier by working out. If you’re not able to get to the gym then you can always have a look at these bodyweight workouts that you can do at home.
Last of all, exercising means showing up and reminding yourself that you matter. It’s a good little thing that can really brighten up a bad day.
Tip #4: Watch What You Eat
This point is doubly important because you’re probably also cooking for your children. By feeding yourself healthy foods, you’re also instilling healthy eating habits in your kids.
It often seems easier to just eat something you can make quickly. But it’s often high in fat or salt. In the end, you’re doing your body a great disservice by not watching your diet.
Tip #5: Sleeping Beauty
There’s always something preventing you from getting your much-deserved shut-eye. No one’s questioning that; moms are busy!
But by not getting the necessary amount of sleep (e.g. 7-8 hours a night), you are harming your body, and putting yourself at risk of diseases like depression and diabetes. Being tired can also make you cranky and impatient with your family.
Final Words on Taking Care of Yourself
The bottom line is that you reap what you sow. Remember that your children are watching and learning from you each day, mom. So, by taking good care of yourself, (both physically and mentally, you are teaching them to do so, too!