When you become a working mom, healthy living seems to go out the window. Your baby comes first, then your job, spouse, home management and maybe your own health comes at the bottom of the list.
It doesn't have to be this way. Healthy living is even more important now that you're a mother -- don't you want to play with your grandkids some day? Read on for healthy living tips that will make a big difference in your life without too much effort.
When we think of beginning a healthy living program, exercise naturally springs to mind. Perhaps it's mommy and me yoga, using your baby for resistance. Or you can sign up your preschooler for ballet while you take a Zumba class in the next room. (That's what I did.)
The important thing is that you work exercise into your healthy living plan and weekly schedule. Ideally, you're getting cardiovascular exercise at least three or four times a week, whether it's before the kids wake up or during your lunch break. I realize it's not easy to establish the routine, but once you do, it gets easier. Your grandchildren will some day thank you for having a healthy living plan now!
Next on the healthy living checklist has to be food. I don't know one adult woman who doesn’t struggle with food, to some degree. We know that a healthy diet for ourselves and our family is important -- so why not start today?
Begin with the small change of cooking dinner at home every evening, instead of grabbing take out or warming up a frozen meal. These quick and easy dinner recipes demonstrate that healthy living doesn't have to take more time.
Next, make one healthy change in your own diet, whether it's resolving to stop snacking while you cook or swapping your afternoon scone for a stick of sugar-free gum. You're on your way now.
Enough with all this exercise and healthy eating. Time for some pampering. Healthy living also includes getting enough rest, avoiding undue stress and taking 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. Next thing you know, you'll catch one of the colds or coughs that your kids bring home from school.
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. So do it, already!
Speaking of unwinding, one sure way to release your tension and escape for a while is an intimate encounter with your husband or partner. Sex is one of the last things on your mind when you've just had a baby. The first few times after giving birth are unlikely to mark any lifetime high points. But if you make time for date night and remember why you fell in love in the first place, you just might get yourself in the mood -- and recapture some of the old magic.
Sex is important to a happy marriage and that, in turn, is the foundation of your family. And, hey, who can turn down a good orgasm?
No matter how successfully you achieve your healthy living goals during the regular routine of school and work, you'll eventually hit a wall. The routine will become unbearable. That's when it's time for a vacation 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. Enjoy your family, and remember that we work to live -- not live to work.