Recently I was on Facebook, something that I don’t ever intend to check but somehow end up doing a dozen times a day. I was glad that I happened to look down with enough awareness to notice that one of my Mom friends had posted something.
This amazing Mama has a baby girl and a preschool son, similar in ages to my own. She’s been struggling with keeping her family healthy as endless rounds of coughs and colds have gone from one member of her household to the next. I feel the same, except we’ve been dealing more with ear infections. After asking for advice on wellness for her little ones, she stated that she wanted to make 2017 the year of Mama.
Whoa!! Hold up!! I felt like she was reading my mind! How do I make the next year not just about taking care of my children, but also about taking care of me?
Here’s my game plan. Feel free to add your own ideas for wellness in the comments below!
Exercise- Yes, I’m writing this post for FIT4MOM, but honestly I’d be saying this anyway. Exercise makes me a better person! I’m more confident, able to think more clearly, and happier when I exercise regularly. My husband notices when I haven’t been working out and very gently asks me if I need to go to a class if I’m being a bit snippier than usual. I have found my body works best when I cross train in many different ways. I like to give myself a challenge to train for (currently, I’m on a half marathon kick), back it up with full body workouts which I get at Stroller Strides, and then round out my sanity with yoga. Please don’t think that I get all of this in every day or even every week. I try to listen to my body, see what I need, and try to make that my priority. By doing this, I’m a better person and better Mom. Plus, I love the example that I’m setting for my little ones!
Eat Healthy- This is where I struggle the most. At the end of the day, I don’t want to think about what to have for dinner because I’m usually exhausted and inevitably we end up eating macaroni and cheese. My goal is to make a meal plan for each week and go to the grocery store a minimal amount of times. I do best when I focus on portions and eat a lot of vegetables, but everyone’s eating habits are different. Also, I’m going to stop eating the leftover chicken nuggets that are on my kids’ plates. :) If I can make time for Body Back this year, (maybe spring 2017), I really want to learn about their eating guidelines and check out the new recipes that they just added to the program. Rachel posted breakfast muffins the other day and they looked delicious and portable! Body Back focuses on promoting healthful eating habits instead of dieting, another great way to teach my kids how to be in control of their bodies.
Be Kind- For many, 2016 was kind of a tough year. Even if it was wonderful for you, I always like to try to find ways to better myself. It is so important to me to teach my kids how awesome other people are and how there are helpers in every situation. Sometimes, it’s nice to let the kids be the helpers themselves. Moms on a Mission aims to provide an opportunity for moms in the community to help others. In December, we helped to make the Christmas for several Moms and children in our neighborhood much brighter by providing gifts for the holidays. I was lucky enough to take the packages to Christ Lutheran church where many volunteers were getting them ready for wrapping and distributing. My four year-old Eli, was amazed at all the gifts and exclaimed “Wow! We’re going to make so many people so happy!” It truly does feel better to give than to receive.
Alone Time- There are the rare occasions when my shower goes uninterrupted or both kids decided to nap at the same time, but those are REALLY rare. I’ve found that if I’m going to take time for myself, then I have to schedule it just like the rest of my life. Moms Night Out provides a way for me to socialize and get out of the house. Its at a designated time that I can put on the calendar and the hubby knows that it is my time. I also use my yoga time as a way to reset and find a little quiet. Sometimes I feel guilty for needing time away from my kids, but I know it’s worth it when I come back and we’re all so happy to see each other.
I’d love more ideas on how to make 2017 the best ever Year of the Mama! Let me know your thoughts below!