Here are some flowers for all the mothers out there. Enjoy your special day!
Please remember, as you take care of your family, make sure you take care of yourself too.
I think exercise and paying attention to what I was eating helped me be a better mom, especially when my kids were young. It’s so easy to get spread thin. Tending to children is joyous and exhausting at the same time. If you take a small slice of your day to walk, lift, stretch, kickbox, dance…whatever gets your heart rate up, you’ll ease everyday stress and frustration, sleep better (when the babies let you), and be able to better handle all those unexpected twists life sends your way.
It’s easy to think that you don’t have the time to workout or think about what you eat but, I assure you, it can be done. You just have to be a tiny bit creative and make it a priority.
When my oldest son was a baby, I wanted to workout but I didn’t want to leave him for very long so on weekdays, I’d walk him in his stroller in the morning and lift weights at night after he went to bed. On the weekends and vacation days, I’d go to the gym. That involved rolling out of bed, washing my face, brushing my teeth, then slapping on a black baseball hat to cover the bedhead and hurrying out the door. There was no fancy-ing up after that, just family time. I wasn’t exactly the vision of glamour but my workouts kept me on a nice, even keel and I enjoyed hanging out with my son much more than if I’d been a perfectly coiffed but stressed out mommy. Sometimes there was laundry in the basket too long, sometimes the dusting had to wait, sometimes the closets weren’t completely in order but we were happy and healthy.
Taking a few moments to take care of yourself isn’t a luxury, it’s important, for you….and those you love.
This blog was nominated for the Primio Dardos award by fellow blogger Wilson Agaba. How lovely to have someone enjoy visiting and reading about life in the gym. You can visit his blog, Storing Hope, to see what he’s up to.