Once the kids get up in the morning, it is easy to jump right into parenting mode and forget to eat breakfast. However, eating a healthy breakfast is just as important for you as it is for your children. Skipping breakfast can make you feel tired or sluggish throughout the day, and makes it harder to concentrate. It also makes you more likely to overeat in the afternoon or evening when you finally get a chance to eat.
Try putting your breakfast together the night before, so you are less likely to skip it the next morning. You can make hard-boiled eggs and set aside a low-fat Greek yogurt with fresh fruit and oats. Or, try preparing “overnight, no-cook refrigerator oatmeal” for a tasty and filling treat.
It is easy to go hours without drinking water or other fluids. However, dehydration can make you feel tired or leave you with a headache. If you start to feel like your energy levels are dropping, chug a full bottle of water. You may be surprised by how quickly you will feel revived.
Give Yourself a “Time Out”
To be the best mom you can be and be present for your children, sometimes you need to give yourself a time out. Having as little as five to 10 minutes to yourself can help you feel recharged. It is okay to put the baby in her crib for a few minutes or to tell the older kids to play in the yard for 15 to 20 minutes, so you can have a breather.
Also, schedule longer stretches of personal time into your calendar, as you would with any other appointment. Use these times to get your nails done or visit with a friend. Remember, a happy mom equals happy children.
Transition Between Work and Home
For working mothers, it can be hard to leave the stress from work at the office. Nonetheless, it is important to transition between your work and home self. When you get home from work, go for a brisk 10-minute walk or have a cup of tea. Do something that you find fun or relaxing, so you can leave your work at work and be present for your family.
Take Care of Yourself Too
You spend most of your time taking care of your family. Don’t forget to take care of yourself, too! Without doing so, you may end up feeling resentful or stressed out.
Taking care of yourself might mean taking a warm bubble bath at the end of the night, or it might mean treating yourself to something you’ve always wanted. For instance, many moms would like to improve the aesthetic concerns that pregnancy and breastfeeding often cause. If you can relate to this sentiment, contact Dr. Bohley for help. He offers a range of cosmetic procedures that can help you get your pre-baby body back, so you feel like yourself again.