Tip # 7 is Find Time To Take Care of Yourself Physically
Moms spend the majority of their time taking care of their kids. We make sure they are well fed, clean, healthy, take their vitamins, and get enough sleep. That’s what moms do, right? But, do you take care of yourself with the same intention and attention that you care for your children?Is taking care of your physical self a priority in your life? We emphasize the importance of nurturing our spiritual and emotional well-being, but taking care of your body is important as well. I have a love/hate relationship with exercise. I can hop on that exercise train with great gusto (just look at a couple of my Healthy Me posts) but it doesn’t take long for me to get lazy and hop on the couch with even greater gusto! If I’m not intentional about exercising and eating healthy it can easily slip to the bottom of my priority list. When I neglect my physical well-being I’m always disappointed because I just feel blah. I know how fantastic it feels to be in optimum shape, to eat good food and to feel comfortable in my own skin. The problem is life gets busy and when it does I conveniently skip out on me. If I skip out one me then it effects how I work, my relationships, and my overall mental state. I’m not at my best because I put me last. Single moms don’t have a lot of spare time, but if you take care of your physical self then you are giving a gift not only to yourself, but to your kids. You will avoid burnout and be a good role model for them!
Find a form of exercise that suits your lifestyle and that you enjoy. If your physical body is tired and out of shape it leads straight to burnout. A fancy gym membership is not a requirement, but what is essential for you to do is to form a habit and a determination to be intentional about getting in some form of exercise. I found that walking after I drop Anya off at school was good for my body and my mind. Morning walks for me are an ideal time to pray, slow down, and heighten my senses to the world around me. When I get my morning walk in, I’m not as lethargic and I feel more motivated for the day ahead. What I eat also has a huge impact on my energy levels. If I stuff my mouth with sugary high fat foods, all I’ll want to do is nothing! Being on the go can make it difficult to eat healthy, so you may have to get a little creative, but it’s worth it! Here are some tips that I use to try to keep my physical state in working shape!
- Cardio- I try to get in at least an hour of walking in the day. Everyone’s schedule is different but if you can get in at least 30 minutes of cardio you see a big difference. If you need to make walking a family affair that is okay too! Can’t get a walk in at all? Try just walking the stairs in your home a few times. Anything that gets your heart rate going will help! If you want to record the number of miles you are walking try one of the many free apps that let you know how many miles you are logging. I use an app called Runtastic and it totally motivates me to go further!
- Strength Training- I do crunches, squats, and lift 3-5 pound weights for my arm. It is really important to keep our core strong. You can do this while watching television or listening to a podcast. This is so easy and you can almost do it anywhere.
- Sneak Exercise in Your Day- Park further away from the grocery store, do squats while you’re drying the dishes, anything that will get your body moving just do it!
- Vitamins-Take them!
- Fruits and Vegetables- Eat more veggies and fruit! The great thing about veggies is you can eat as much as you want! Hone in on those vegetables you enjoy and implement them in your meals
- Eat Leaner Meats and More Fish– I love salmon and can eat it every day, but if you like meat try a leaner version like turkey meat which is delicious!
- Prepare Healthy Snacks- Take time to divide healthy snacks in baggies, so when you are hungry you can just grab them and go. Some snacks that I always have on hand are almonds, grapes, clementines, hard-boiled eggs and granola bars.
- Drink Water- Water is essential for a healthy body. Drink water whenever you can! It is great for your organ, your skin and it fights off exhaustion.
A healthy you is a better you so take time to get a little pampering in too! Take a little longer in the shower, treat yourself to a refreshing body scrub, paint your nails, anything that will give you a little oomph will certainly help you feel better and renewed! Remember you deserve it!