If you’re like most moms, you’re probably feeling a little run down right about now. I know I am! The coldest months of the year bring a lot of good things, like the holidays, snow skiing and even the chance to warm up with favorite winter dishes. But it can also mean snow days cooped up inside, illness that spreads from one kid to the next and days too short for a never-ending to do list. I have no doubt that you’re doing a great job taking care of your family. After all, that’s what moms do best! But what about taking care of you?Moms take care of everyone - but who take care of them? #selfcare #welovemoms Click To Tweet
Running yourself ragged inevitably leads to fatigue. When you’re not at your best, it’s hard to give your best to others. I can’t stress enough how important it is to make taking care of yourself a priority.
Here are a few self-care tips for busy moms:
- 15 minutes of time for you, and you alone.
No matter how busy your day is, it’s important to take a little time for yourself. Find at least 15 minutes every day to do something just for you. Take a hot shower or bath, curl up on the couch and read a book, shut off your phone and just sit quietly or meditate, drink a glass of wine, etc. Find something that makes you happy and make it a priority to work it into your daily schedule.
- Ask for help.
No matter how much you’d like to, you cannot do it all. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with asking for help. Ask your husband to do the dishes while you put the kids to bed. Ask a friend to watch your baby so you can make dinner or take a quick nap. Ask a neighbor to run an errand for you so you can spend a little alone time with one kid while the other one naps. Your support network is strong and they’re more than willing to help you out when things get a little crazy. You just have to be willing to ask for it.
- Learn to go with the flow.
Stress is one of the leading causes of illness. Life is busy and there will always be crazy days, but learning to relax and deal with things as they come, instead of freaking out every time something doesn’t go as planned, will do wonders for your health- both mental and physical.
- Take care of your body.
That means making time to eat lunch yourself after you’ve fed all the kids, getting up a few minutes early to give yourself a chance to eat breakfast before the baby wakes up and working out a schedule with your significant other that allows you both to get a workout in several times a week. Eating well and being physically active will help you stay healthy and allow you take better care of the ones you love!
Taking time for you is not selfish or silly. It’s a crucial component of a happy, healthy mom, which translates into a happy, healthy family!
Having healthy breakfasts and snacks on hand is so important for busy moms. Here are some recipe ideas to help fuel your busy days:
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Regan Jones is Cabot’s National Nutrition Communications Manager and the main voice behind @CabotRD on Twitter. Self-described as a “registered dietitian by education and food-lover by birth,” she writes for the Cabot Creamery Blog from her home in Georgia.