Don’t wait until it’s too late. Follow these helpful tips today!
Managing a career and family can take a toll on your mental and physical health. If you want to succeed at working motherhood it’s important to take care of yourself, then everyone else. Otherwise you may suffer from burnout where you are so exhausted you can’t take care of anyone including yourself.
But these are words you’ve heard before, right? The typical “put your air mask first” type of advice.
The truth is if you continue to take care of everyone else’s needs before your own (aka the disease to please) you will burn out. The good news is there are small changes you can make that will make a BIG impact on your self-care. Here they are in no particular order.
Find exercise accountability
You probably know what kind of exercise you’d like to fit in your weekly schedule but you lack accountability to do it. Get accountable by:
- Getting your friends involved. Purchase an activity tracker, like FitBit, and challenge your friends to hit their goals.
- Join a local Facebook page and report your exercise results.
- Make plans to meet friends out for a walk, run, or a time at the gym.
Create an irresistible self-care plan
Yes, you need 7-8 hours of sleep a night, should avoid stress, and take care of yourself. We are all busy. But if you let the to-do list run your day instead of setting your priorities thoughtfully and reasonably, you’ll be a ball of stress in no time. Whether it’s a long walk after dinner, or a Saturday afternoon escape to the spa, find some small thing you can do to indulge yourself. Only you know best what will recharge your batteries and make you a better mom to your kids.
Unplug from work and go on a holiday
No matter how successful you are at achieving healthy living goals during the work week, you’ll eventually hit a wall. The routine will become unbearable. That’s when it’s time for a holiday from work. Take enough time off that you can truly get away from the office and demands of home. Cut the cord (or wi-fi connection) and trust that they can handle any emergencies that arise without you. Remember that we work to live – not live to work.
By Katherine Lewis: www.thespruce.com