No word is perfect enough to describe just how hard being a mom can be. Aside from taking care of the kids and your husband, you also need to make sure that all chores at home are taken care of. You worry about the family’s finances, often prompting you to find a job to help sustain the family’s needs. This is often the very reason mothers all over the world are tired, unhealthy, and burned-out.
To help you start taking better care of your health, the following are some mistakes that you need to stop making:
Skipping your own checkups
It is quite easy to drop everything on your to-do list just to take your kids to their pediatrician. But when it comes to your own health, skipping your own checkups can be a breeze. Remember that your health also matters. It is important to find a doctor who understands your unique needs and experiences. Instead of choosing just about any doctor, do your research and find yourself a reliable women’s doctor.
Planning your kid’s meals but not your own
Many working mothers would only cook for their kids all the while skipping their meals, eat so quickly, or simply grab fast food to make it through the day. Your kids may be your top priority, but that does not mean you should already stop minding what you eat. You, too, deserve fresh, healthy, and tasty meals to give you enough energy throughout the day. For best results, plan out your meals, take your time eating, and make enough food that will last to cut your cooking time.
Giving yourself a limited time to rest, sleep, and exercise
Many mothers would work long hours just to keep up with everything written on their to-do list. The usual result is a tired mom who doesn’t get to spend their free time staying active and get adequate rest and sleep. No matter how busy you might be, make sure to free up some time to rest, get enough sleep, and insert exercise in between chores. Find ways to make the most out of your free time and don’t be ashamed to ask for help.
Give yourself a break
Moms are tired creatures who will never run out of chores and things to take care of. This can be the very reason it often feels like there are not enough hours on the clock to take care of all the responsibilities on your plate. But know that you are still human and that you also need to rest and deserves to be happy and have fun. Don’t take your “me time” for granted. Find time to socialize, spend quality time with your friends, and pursue a hobby. Ask for help if needed, and don’t be guilty of requiring some assistance, be it from your family, friends, or some professionals.
While being a mom is a rewarding experience, we cannot deny the fact that many tend to forget about themselves, especially their health. With your busy schedule and all the things you need to worry about, it is quite easy to take your own health for granted. But if you keep on thinking this way, your mind and body can eventually give up on you. If you don’t prioritize your own health, then you will find it harder to keep up with your role and be there whenever your family needs you.