Many mums I know are super busy juggling being an awesome mum with working or just all the demands that they face on a day to day basis. Being a mum is a full time role, so trying to do anything else on top of that is going to drain us.
Often mums are always putting others first as well. They will happily give up a good nights sleep, the last piece of food or even doing what everyone else wants to. This drains us and is not a great way to take care of yourself. If you don’t take care of yourself, then there may not be anyone there to look after your children one day. The sad truth is that if you don’t consider your health first, you may not be around to care and nurture for your children or their children in the future. Poor eating, lack of sleep and lack of exercise can eventually lead to conditions that can be fatal. It is therefore imperative that you take care of yourself so that you can continue to care for those that you love in the future.
Here are some practices that I am trying to implement to make sure that I am taking time to care for myself, so that I can cope with being a mum and all the demands that that entails. My wellbeing is important. You know that once mum gets sick most households struggle to cope with everyday stuff.
4 Tips To Take Care Of Yourself.
1. Eat right – Fuel your body with the right foods so that you have enough energy to get through your busy day. You can also tackle possible unwanted weight by eating the right foods and not starving yourself. Your children learn good food habits (or bad) from you! Watching you pig out on carb loaded take out makes it ok to them. Educate yourself on what your body needs and try new recipes. Be the example.
2. Take time to exercise – get to the gym. Go for a walk or run. It will improve your overall feeling of wellbeing, and will ensure you have the energy to chase your kiddies at the park.
3. Take some ‘me’ time to re-charge – it doesn’t have to be all day, five minutes to finish your cup of tea will do it, the world won’t end. Take a walk. Enjoy a bubble bath. Whatever gives you some time for yourself and your thoughts, enjoy it. Then when you return to ‘mummy life’ you are refreshed and ready to take on all their needs.
4. Go to bed early – it’s not always easy, sometimes the whole world can feel like its against you in getting under those covers before midnight, but some of the time its our own fault. Don’t stay up folding washing, tidying up, or catching up on social media news. Switch off your devices. The only solution is to get to bed early and get some much needed rest. Your body needs more sleep than we averagely get. Its suggested between 7-9 hours is ideal, but our body needs more like 9-10 hours to recharge properly.
These actions aren’t hard. Often as mums we feel guilty for taking time for ourselves or something we need, but it is super important to make sure that we are, so that we can cope and thrive with the demands that we face. Its really important to take care of yourself mummy.