- Treat Yourself: While you’re busy taking care of everyone else, don’t forget to care for yourself. It’s so important to carve out time each day for you, kid-free, whether it’s working out, reading, or taking a relaxing bath. Put the kids to bed early or ask your partner to take the reins during this time. You deserve it and your health will thank you.
- Don’t Compare Yourself to Others: Don’t compare yourself to other moms. We’re all in this together, right? Take the time for compliments or spread some kindness and help another mom out. Being a positive role model, especially in front of our kids, will earn you praise and leave you feeling good.
- Find a Passion Project: We all wish we can make our passion and mom life work, right? Well, you can and you should never lose sight of what fills your cup. Join a board, volunteer, donate to a cause or start a knitting club. Whatever your passion, find a way to make it work. Doing something for you keeps your adult brain moving J and gives you a creative outlet for just “you” time.
- Fuel Yourself with Healthy Snacks and Meals: As a busy mom, we spend so much time prepping meals and snacks for our kids we forget to feed ourselves. Find a few simple snack options that are grab and go. Keep them in the car, your bag, or many bags as I like to say, and in the office. This ensures you don’t reach for the cookie in the break room or stop by and grab a “fast” bite to eat – often loaded with hidden calories and guilt. I love the small packs of nuts, cheese sticks, and snack size bags of berries.
- Stay Hydrated: Again, you are busy taking care of your children. Their needs seem greater than your own, much so that we forget to drink water. It’s so simple! Purchase a reusable water bottle and bring it with you everywhere. If it helps, set reminders on your phone to drink water every hour.
- Focus on Fitness: This is a no brainer! Stay on top of your health for your family. You don’t have to join a gym or jump on to the latest fitness trend. If your kids play sports, help them practice kicking around the ball in the backyard. Meditate if that’s what you’re into. Take the whole family out for a walk around the block after dinner. Creativity wins and the goal is to simply get moving.
- Keep Up with Annual Health Screenings: What is more important than being there for your family? Pick a date each year as a reminder to schedule your annual doctor’s appointments – pap smear, mammogram (ages 40+), and your annual physical. An iconic date like your birthday can be a great way to remind yourself to make those calls for an appointment.
- Give Yourself a Break: We try so hard to be the world’s best mom or make the coolest cupcakes for our kiddos class. Guess what? It’s ok to not be on point all the time. Scale your commitments to what’s available, making sure you have downtime.
- Less Screen Time: We all have work to do and emails to reply to. I promise your social media followers won’t miss you for a few hours. Make the kitchen table or family room a “no phone zone.” Engage with your family with no distractions, even if it’s just for one-hour.
- Let Yourself Have Fun: Between all the rushing around with soccer practice to sick appointments, it’s hard to sit back and relax. Schedule a monthly FUN activity like going to a trampoline jump facility, or bring a soccer ball to the park. The downtime will be appreciated, and laughter is a great way to stay healthy.
This post is sponsored by Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center.
Jamii Uboldi is a wife, dog mom and a mommy to an active two-year-old boy who doesn’t stop moving. As a full-time working mom as the Director of Business Development & Marketing for Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, board member of the Nevada Women’s Fund and Girls Scouts of the Sierra Nevada, along with a husband who’s often traveling, she’s a busy woman with lots to do – just like you!