Mother’s Day is the 2nd Sunday in May where we take time out to thank, appreciate–honor–our mothers and other women in our lives. BUT–really? Is one day adequate? I think not! You don’t need to give your Mom breakfast in bed every day, but DO encourage her to follow some (or all) Kayla Rigler’s tips! You’re Mom’ll be much healthier and happier…and if you lived in my family you’d know the universal law of Nature: “If Mama ain’t happy, then ain’t no body happy…”
Yours in Play!
Mothers are known for burning the candle at both ends as they try to take care of their loved ones and themselves. As moms put others first, they often put themselves last. This all can eventually add up to an overwhelmed and stressed out mom. If this sounds like you, then read on. I’m going to give you some tips to put that spring back in your steps.
Get Some Sleep
If you are lacking in sleep, you are going to be less productive and easily put on extra weight. The extra weight can make you feel even more sluggish and depressed. The bottom line is that you need your rest. Most adults need between 7 to 8 of hours sleep each night. If you absolutely can’t get that in at night, then schedule in a daily daytime nap. People who get enough sleep will have more energy, be less moody, live longer, and maintain a healthier weight. You owe it to yourself and your family to hit the hay more often and for a longer amount of time.
Exercise is a natural destressor. You won’t need a gym membership either, unless you enjoy going to the gym to workout. A walk, bike ride, run, or video workout can all serve a very important purpose in your well being. Do as the Nike slogan states, “Just Do It.” That first step of putting on some exercise clothes may be the toughest step. If you haven’t worked out in awhile, that’s ok. Take baby steps. Accept the level of fitness you are at, and improve from that point.
Your body needs essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, and water each day. Don’t neglect your body or downplay the importance of fueling yourself with nutrition. Would you put dirty gas in your vehicle? Of course you wouldn’t. If you did, you wouldn’t make it too far down the road, and your automobile would expire much sooner than necessary. Think of your body that way. Did you know that certain foods will even act as natural antidepressants? If you are feeling down in the dumps, try eating some of these foods: avocados, chia seeds, sweet potatoes, walnuts, and broccoli.
You may wonder how “indulge” could follow get some sleep, workout, and eat well. Let me explain. It’s good to take care of your body, but it helps to splurge too once in awhile. Whether it be on a double decker banana split out at your local ice cream shop, or a trip to the spa. By taking some time out to recharge your batteries and enjoy something you like, you are going to return to everyday life, as a happier mom. If you don’t believe me, just try it. And put all guilt aside. Don’t think about the money you are spending on yourself, or extra calories you are inhaling. Just take a moment to enjoy.
Get Some Sun and Fresh Air
Studies have reported that those who get outside, are happier and less depressed than those who don’t. The vitamin D that the sun creates in your body, can help to fight off depression. Getting out in the fresh air can even make you feel less stressed. The last time I checked, fresh air and sun were still free and non-taxable gifts. Take advantage of the sun and fresh air by getting outside. Schedule it in if you need to. Take your kids along with you. It will do you all some good.
Get on the floor and play with your dogs and/or cats if you have them. Studies have been conducted that show that spending time with your pet can reduce your blood pressure and do wonders for your mood. When I’m busy, it’s easy to step over the dog laying in the middle of the floor rather than taking time to get down on my hands and knees and say good morning. Try to spend more time with your pets and watch your mood improve quickly and drastically.
Will This Matter in 10 Years?
When life gets overwhelming, and something seems like it urgently needs my attention, I ask myself one question: Will this matter in 10 years? Next time you feel stressed, try asking yourself that same question. Will it really matter if dust is collecting on your shelves or if the laundry is now piled up higher than you? Or will it matter more that you took the day off and went sledding with your kids or made memories that may be shared for generations to come? When you think about what really matters, chances are those things that are stressing you out today, will make you laugh.
The word “recreation” means to “re-create.” When you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, it’s time to take a timeout. Go do something that you love that centers you again. Think about those things that you love to do, that you haven’t made time for in a while. Or try something new. Here are a few ideas: painting, camping, kayaking, or reading a book in a comfy spot. We all need to re-create, so make sure to take timeout for recreation!
I hope that this article helped the supermoms out there, to take off their capes for a bit and unwind. Even Superman didn’t wear the cape 24/7. By taking time off for yourself, you are going to be helping your family too. I’ve gone over some tips to try to include in your busy schedule. You don’t have to try them all, but try to pick at least 2 things to implement at this time. Make sure to not feel guilty about taking the time for yourself, or you will defeat much of the purpose. You owe it to yourself and your family to take better care of yourself. I hope that by taking some of these steps today, you can have a much less stressful tomorrow!
About the Author
Kayla Rigler is a content writer and email specialist for OurStart. She resides in Quarryville, PA with her husband and newly born son Adam. When she isn’t helping us out, you can find her sleeping, eating pickles and mac and cheese, and bingeing The Office