I’m positive that you can relate to life being a bit crazy at the moment! As mamas and mamas-to-be, we tend to take it all on! Personally, lately I have been feeling a bit more tired than usual, and I know for a fact it’s because of all of the extra “stuff” I have taken on inside of my head.
Now, a lot of self-development professionals will most likely tell you this; “you have too much on your plate and need to take time for yourself” or the simple, yet oh so unrealistically annoying, “wake up earlier” direction, that everyone seems to think is the answer to all.
Here’s the thing, Mama, I get that your busy and can’t just drop things to take care of yourself when you’re feeling tired. I also get that you are exhausted, and adding one more extra thing on your to-do list, like “waking up earlier” to take care of yourself, may be the straw that broke the camels back for you. That’s okay… The way you take care of yourself and stay healthy does not have to look the same as anyone else.
On that note, seriously, you still have to put some kind of extra effort into taking care of yourself, if healthy is what you desire. For that reason, I am breaking down 4 simple healthy habits that you can easily implement into your daily life, today. Healthy habits that don’t feel energy-steeling, that don’t overwhelm you, and that give you a few options to help you take care of yourself in the midst of the exhaustion that comes with growing and taking care of babies.
I also feel the need to mention that I am not giving you this list, hoping you complete all of them, every single day. No! I am, however, giving this list to you to give you a beginning. Sometimes we just need a “beginning”. So, take this, quote on quote, “beginning”, try implementing the habits into your life as you see fit, and slowly add to it as taking care of yourself reveals as more of a priority with each partake.
1. Exercising In Ways That You Enjoy
We all have heard that exercise should be a priority and a habit that we practice every day. However, for a lot of busy moms, making exercise a priority is difficult because
a.) they don’t have time and
b.) it never sounds as good as catching up on the newest episode of This Is Us with your favorite mug of coffee.
Yep, I totally get that! This Is Us is the SHIZZZ! But, I promise exercising doesn’t have to feel like a hassle and can actually add to your energy when done right.
For this healthy habit implementation, let’s make exercising enjoyable for you, personally. Now, everyone likes different ways of exercising differently, and there are a ton of options to choose from. Pick one or two to try off the list below. Here’s the key, don’t assume you’re not going to like it until you try it. But, after you do try it, if it feels like you would way rather sit on the couch than exercise still, you need to pick a different one. As moms, we got so much going on, exercising should be a joyful release and certainly doesn’t have to be done in a specific setting or way.
Light Weight Lifting with Cardio
2. Breath Work
Now this one can easily be perceived as a big, fat waste of time as a busy mama. However, it is actually an amazing way to center your mind and strengthen your core/pelvic floor too. So don’t knock it until you try it.
There are a bunch of different ways to implement breath work into your life as a healthy habit. Two of my favorite ways and the ones I find most beneficial are
Breathing to reset (Pause Breath Work by Samantha Skelly is a great resource)
Connection Breath to strengthen and relax your core/pelvic floor
Both serve different purposes and both are effective. If you are having a hard day, breathing to reset is a great habit to practice. On the other hand, connection breath is great to practice during pregnancy to prepare for birth, the early postpartum days to re-strengthen your core, and during exercise to add more of an emphasis on your core connection.
Implementing this healthy habit into your life is simple. Don’t think too hard on it. If it feels good at the moment, practice it
Hey girl! I know taking care of yourself as a mom is hard AF! I created this free video series to knock down society’s expectations and timelines of postpartum recovery and show you how to intentionally care for your body and mind in a healthy way.
I didn’t realize how important this healthy habit is until I found myself lonely and unmotivated AF, trying to figure out how to raise my son. So, what they say is true; “you NEED mama friends!” Whether you have a husband or boyfriend or not, they are so necessary to your mental AND physical health.
Furthermore, you have a few options here:
- Make it a habit to get out of the house and join some mommy groups.
- Make an effort to see your friends.
- And/or connect with other mamas online.
Now, I will be the first to admit that getting out of the house to meet friends is hard, but honestly, it really is necessary.
However, on days where you are just plain exhausted and don’t have the energy to get out, online mom groups could be your new best friend. If you are looking for some genuine mommy friends and a supportive atmosphere to be raw and open, come join mine! I would love to have ya!
4. SIMPLE Self-Care
Whenever people tell me that I need to do more self-care, I literally just want to shout at them, “Do you see my screaming baby in my arms?! Do you think I have enough time to add another thing?!” But, over the past (almost) 2 years of being a mama, I have learned that self-care is oh-so-necessary to live healthily.
I’m not talking bubble baths and wine. Although that would be nice, it won’t happen often enough for it to become a habit. I’m talking SIMPLE self-care actions that you can do while being a mom.
Here’s a few examples:
- Sleep a little longer today, instead of waking up before your little.
- Wake up before your little and have some quiet time.
- Drink your favorite drink often.
- Enjoy yummy, healthy treats by pre-preparing them for the week.
- Fuel your body with nutritious foods.
You, now, get the idea that self-care doesn’t have to be extravagant. It can literally fit into your day-to-day life if you intentionally treat it as self-care.