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Whether you’re a working mom or a stay-at-home mom (SAHM), your schedule is quite busy. From cooking, cleaning, and running errands to running board meetings and meeting deadlines, you’ve got your work cut out for you. It’s almost as though there are not enough hours in the day to get things done, let alone carve out time for your own health and wellness concerns. This is a commonality for busy moms.
You spend so much time taking care of everyone else that you often neglect to check on yourself, especially from a health and wellness perspective. So, as a mom with a busy schedule, how do you fit in time to care for yourself? Are there any shortcuts?
Of course, there are shortcuts… What mother do you know who has done everything by the proverbial “book?” Motherhood in itself is a whopping pile of trial-and-error, but once you get your footing, you develop your own schedule and “swing of things,” so to speak.Fitness and lifestyle goals place more pressure on an already very busy schedule. But here are a few tips for all you busy moms to help you stay on track and stay fit and healthy this year!Click To Tweet
But this ease of coming into your own as a busy mom doesn’t always come as quickly for some as it does for others… And that’s where these tips and tricks to stay healthy and fit will come in.
Taking care of your physical and mental health is so important… How else do you expect to take care of your little ones when your own health is out of whack?
For the busy mom with a busy schedule, these tips are for you…
Helpful Tips to Stay Healthy and Fit When You Have a Busy Schedule
Ask For Help
As a busy mom, you don’t expect yourself to be supermom all the time, do you? Well, if that’s what you expect out of yourself, you’re going to run yourself ragged trying to keep up with those fictional ideas.
The saying “it takes a village” didn’t just come out of nowhere… That quote was directly meant to state that raising a child, or children, is no easy feat and that it takes a village to show a child “the way.”
That’s not saying that you couldn’t do it yourself, because there are moms out there raising their kids by themselves all the time. The saying is more so to eliminate the guilt of asking for help.
Many mothers put this added pressure on themselves that they shouldn’t be asking anyone for help when they should be making it easy for others to pitch in and help them.
Asking for help can come in the form of asking your spouse or partner, asking family and friends for help, or hiring a nanny a few days out the week… Whatever scheduling help you need, know that you have resources around you.
Get Your Fitness In On-the-Go
As a busy mom, that often means that you’re frequently on-the-go.
As a way to not neglect your own personal fitness goals, you may want to invest in a jogging stroller or baby carrier as a way to get your body back after having a baby.
Change Up Your Eating Habits
The days of “eating for two” have long gone, and now you’re simply eating for yourself. Those chili cheese dogs, donuts, and late-night ice cream runs will no longer suffice or contribute to the overall health and wellness of your body.
Now, that’s not saying that you can’t enjoy “bad” foods now and then… but as a busy mom, you want to consume foods that will give your energy the boost it needs to take on the responsibilities each day brings.
This will require you to get in the kitchen and cook now and then.
It’s also important to note that cooking every day may not fit in your schedule either. Still, when you’re on-the-go and need an energy boost, raw cold-pressed juices will give your body the vitamins and nutrients it needs without the added sugar and preservatives that come with processed foods.
Learn to Be Flexible
If you don’t learn anything else from being a mother, you should learn to go with the flow and be flexible… This is the one thing that can be the most beneficial to your mental health.
You may have certain things planned, but then the next thing you know, a monkey wrench gets thrown into your whole plan… So what do you do? Panic… freak out… throw a temper tantrum? Absolutely not.
By mentally preparing yourself to be flexible amid possible setbacks, you’re saving yourself lots of gray hairs and stress.
As a mother with a busy schedule, your physical and mental health is just as important as the physical and psychological health of the family you’re taking care of. Despite your busy schedule, make sure you’re taking time out to care for yourself.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.