Listen Up, Moms — Your Health is Important, and Here's Why
As a mom, you're no stranger to how demanding parenting can be. And because of that, you've got to make sure your health is a priority so you can really nail the mom thing. And just in case you need a little refresher as to why your health is so important, here's some food for thought.
Because Everyone Depends on You
You've probably heard that in order to take care of anyone else, you need to put on your own oxygen mask first. This is by far one of the most accurate statements regarding motherhood... and yet, so many moms don't take the time out they need to make sure their mask is on. Are you one of them? This doesn't mean you need to book extravagant spa treatments, rack up your credit cards on new clothes, or take a vacation away from everyone (although... a trip would be fun!). So, what does it mean? It means waking up earlier than the kids so you can do a yoga sequence, 30 minutes on the treadmill or enjoy that first sip of coffee in total peace. It's making sure you get that shower in and put on an outfit that makes you feel refreshed and ready for the day. It's preparing yourself a decent balanced lunch instead of eating peanut butter and jelly crusts while standing at the counter. It's knowing when to sit down and breathe. Bottom line?
Your family depends on you to be there, and it's up to you to make sure that you're the best version of you. Sometimes that might mean taking a closer look at your health to determine where you could use some extra help. Maybe you've been wanting to shed those last ten pounds but haven't been able to work at it consistently. Maybe you're just feeling sluggish and lacking energy. Luckily for moms everywhere, there are supplements and programs available that can target specific issues to get things back on track. Unify Health for example, offers supplemental programs while focusing on overall wellness and mental health — two very important things, especially for moms.
Because You're a Role Model
As a mom, you are an incredibly important part of your child's development. And as you know, kids are like sponges — they soak up so much. And because of this, it's important that you're the best role model you can be. But before you feel the pressure, this doesn't have to be complicated or groundbreaking. It's the little things that make a big difference. When they see that mom drinks a lot of water, gets exercise, eats and serves healthy meals (but shows it's also good to indulge in moderation!), flosses and brushes twice a day and always applies sunblock before heading outside... that will all add up. So as you're taking care of yourself, remember you're also giving your kids a great foundation for developing their own healthy habits.
Because Stress is Not Your Friend
It's nothing new that motherhood and stress go hand in hand, some days more than others. And sure, stress is a normal part of life and everyone has it... but it can't take over, either. Are you guilty of being a martyr? If you are, it's time to change that. What's so scary about stress is that it's not good for your health, especially if it's ongoing and not managed well. The solution? Figure out ways to manage stress every day and learn to read the signs your body might be giving you. Make it a point to stop, take a breath and focus on ways to come back down and regain control.
Being a mom is far from the easiest job in the world, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. And for it to be this way, you need to make sure you're the healthiest you can be.