As a mother, you probably spend most of your time worrying about the well-being of everyone else in the family, instead of yourself.
If you’re struggling to find time to look after your own health, remember that a healthy mum will be better able to focus on the kids, as well as demonstrating good habits to the family.
I am more than guilty of putting everyone and everything ahead of my own needs, and then realising that there’s not much left in the tank for me.
So if you’re in the same boat, follow these simple tips to carve out some time for a healthy mum lifestyle.
- Exercise snacking. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean eating while exercising, but this rather squeezing in mini workouts when you can. This could be anything from doing some squats while you wait for your cup of tea to brew, doing toe raises while you brush your teeth, or using a spare five minutes to do some sprints up and down the stairs. You could even challenge yourself to do as many as push-ups, squats or sit-ups as you can during the advert break of your favourite show.
- Take time for friendship. Stress is one of the biggest knocks on good health, and taking some time for yourself to see your friends is one of the best ways to keep your stress levels under control. Maintain your friendships to keep a healthy support network in your life, and to get a break from parenting.
- Get plenty of sleep. Ok, so we all know that nobody is getting enough of this, but hear me out. After chasing the kids around all day, it can be tempting to stay up late at night to watch TV, sort out the admin that you can’t do during the day, pursue hobbies or spend time with your spouse. While it’s important to get some you time, don’t sacrifice sleep. Getting enough sleep will help you stay less stressed, healthy and well rested.
- Find exercise that you enjoy. If you have to force yourself to the gym or out for a run, you’re not going to stick to it. Instead, find an exercise that you find fun. It could be swimming, a dance class, yoga or even joining a team sport like netball.
- Make exercise a family affair. Start teaching your children to enjoy being active. Spend weekends doing active things as a family, like walks, bike rides or sports in the garden.
- Find a positive way to manage stress. Instead of letting stress build, find your fail safe stress busters. Go for a walk, have a bubble bath, or relax with a cup of coffee and a book. Find what works, and make use of it instead of letting parenting stress bubble under the surface.
- Eat proper meals. It can be easy as a mum to find yourself joining in with the kids’ snack time, picking leftovers off their plates or snacking on extra food as you’re preparing their meals. Instead of filling up on snacks, or adding in extra calories by eating leftovers, try to stick to healthy, proper meals by planning them in advance. If you have time, try to batch cook ahead of mealtimes so that you can just reheat it quickly once the kids have gone to bed.
- Team up with other mums to stay motivated. If you’ve got a squad of friends either with kids or through your children, why not form a team to keep you on track? Meet for walks or exercise classes, or maybe do a healthy cooking class together.