Put Yourself First
Put Yourself First
You know how on airplanes, they always tell you to put your own oxygen mask on first before helping others? That concept isn't just for surviving an in-flight disaster. It’s a handy tip to surviving motherhood too.
Moms spend a significant chunk of their time and energy (meaning all of their time and energy!) making sure everyone else around them is taken care of and looked after. Your kids are hungry, you feed them. They’re bored, you entertain them. They’re sick, you stay up all night taking care of them. No questions asked. Usually when moms hear “put yourself first,” the guilt kicks in almost immediately. Your family comes first, and it’s usually before you and your needs. It’s just what mothers do.
In honor of Mother’s Day this year — the official day where you’re allowed to take all the credit for all the hard work you do — we have a challenge for you. We challenge you to spend some time taking care of yourself. Put your needs first for a change. Take care of your body and health by exercising.
In order to keep your emotional and physical tank running full and healthy, you have to take time to refuel. Your health is a priority and we challenge you to make it one.
Here are some ways you can put yourself first, guilt-free:
- Exercise - Exercising is the natural energy producer. If you’re sick and tired of feeling exhausted at the end of the day from chasing around the kids and running errands, exercise. Go for a run, hit the gym, stretch it our in a hot yoga class. It may seem counterintuitive when you’re wiped out to get up and exercise but it works, every time, guaranteed. Exercise allows for better moods, a better night’s rest, and loads more energy throughout your day. Plus, your kids watch what you do and will imitate what they see. They see you working out, making time to keep yourself healthy, they’ll do the same. It’s a win win.
- Food - If you meal prep, you’re already a champion and you just keep on doing you. We applaud you. But if you don’t, here’s a tip. Take five or ten minutes in the morning to make yourself a wholesome breakfast instead of skimping out for the sake of time. Make sure you make yourself meals that you like and food that’s good for you. Kids have funky diets and taste and sometimes for the sake of keeping it easy, you’ll just snack on what they eat. Eating food that’s healthy and good for you will leave you feeling revived.
- Make it a ritual - This is important. Regularly schedule these me-time sessions where you will unapolegtically focus on you. Pencil in a set amount of time every week to go to the gym to workout and don’t feel bad. Put you and your exercise needs first and it will soon enough become habit. Because being a healthy mama is being a happy mama!
What are your tips for putting yourself first? Share in the comment section below!