Modern mothers perform miracles every day. From managing their kids, to holding down a job, to fulfilling social obligations, a mother’s workday never truly “ends.” Unfortunately, because so many moms are focused on helping their family, they often neglect themselves and their own well-being. The good news is, it doesn’t take much to start developing better habits for a healthy lifestyle. To that end, here are four easy ways moms can take better care of themselves:
Go to Bed
Easier said than done admittedly, but one great way to increase your energy levels and boost your mood is to get a healthy amount of sleep. Most professionals recommend adults should sleep anywhere between seven and nine hours per night. If you’re not indulging in the requisite amount of shut-eye, then you’re actually making everything more difficult for yourself the next day. Though it may be tough to establish a regular bedtime, make it a priority to hit the hay on a regular schedule.
Simplify Your Diet
Dieting is never easy, but there are steps you can take to ensure a diet goes as smoothly as possible. First, learn to cook meals that are not only healthy, but also uncomplicated. The fewer ingredients you have to work with, the better. Secondly, prepare as many meals as you can beforehand, and be willing to heat up leftovers after a larger meal. And lastly, seek out one or two low-calorie condiments that can add flavor to any dish without wrecking your dieting plan. Pro tip: regular old hot sauce can help you out in this regard.
Do you feel compelled to volunteer for things? Are you always the one who drives the kids to a soccer game, or hosts the Halloween party? If so, you need to adopt a new mindset and learn when to say no. Enlisting the help of others might not come naturally to some people, but it’s critical to learn when your body –– and your mind –– needs a break.
When in Doubt –– Call a Doctor
You wouldn’t take any risks when it comes to your children’s health –– so why roll the dice when you’re feeling unwell yourself? Though many adults avoid going to the doctor, it’s important to remember that you can always consult a medical professional if you’re concerned about a potential health issue. It doesn’t matter if you’re worried that you might have torn a muscle at the gym, or you have a more sensitive issue that’s bothering you –– doctors have seen and heard it all before and will know how to assist you with your problem. (Resist the urge to play doctor yourself on matters below the belt, by the way. It’s virtually impossible to recognize if someone has a yeast infection or STD without medical consultation, for instance. So when in doubt, call a pro for assistance.) Whatever you do, don’t hesitate and make a bad situation worse through your own indecision.