So it’s two weeks after the holidays and you are still feeling burnt out and run down from it all. Maybe you’ve been sick for the past month, or are working overtime to pay off that holiday bill. The kids have finally come down from the ‘Holiday High’ and you think – there has to be a better way! I’m happy to tell you, mama – there is.
We live in a world with high demand for our time and attention, especially as mothers. So how do we work towards achieving balance in our lives, all the while accomplishing the day-to-day tasks involved with running a family. It ain’t easy, but here are a few tips that can help. Added bonus – kids need to learn these lessons, too!
- Schedule time for self-care. When I ask women in my practice what they do for self-care, they usually respond about exercise. Exercise is great, but it’s not really ‘self-care’. Think time with your girlfriends, a hot bath, reading a good book, laughing on the floor with the kids, a gentle walk in nature. What nourishes your soul? Find this and plan time for it.
- Establish a routine. Our bodies – and especially our hormone systems – run on an internal clock that regulates sleep and awake times, stress and sex hormone release and many other bodily functions (like blood sugar control). Setting a regular routine with the same bedtime and wake times (even on weekends), enables our body to establish patterns that support proper hormone function.
- Don’t skip meals! I know firsthand that this is a hard one for moms. But skipping a meal (especially breakfast) means that your blood sugar tanks, and beyond feeling hungry, you’ll end up feeling tired, irritable and a bit brain-dead. Making a meal plan for the week can be a great way to ensure that you have food on hand when it’s needed. Consider sitting down as a family on the weekend and planning out healthy meals for the week, with a variety of options for breakfasts and lunches, and perhaps a set plan for dinner.
Being a modern momma can be very challenging at times, and it may seem that balance is impossible to achieve. I’m not always able to commit, and there are many days when self-care/bedtimes/regular meals don’t happen, and sometimes balance means eating a donut in the bathtub while Elmo entertains. But aiming for the above can at least set the goal of taking care of your body and soul, and get you on the road to balanced living.