I don’t know about you, but the last few months have been a whirlwind! We have been so busy in different ways and then in other ways, preoccupied with huge life changes. It has been a weird time for our family! If you are curious just how much change and stress our family has experienced this year, connect with me on Instagram and you’ll get a small view. However, I have found it more important than ever to choose wellness despite being in the trenches of a busy season. Anyone else go through 2020 and now 2021?!
NOW IS THE TIME TO TAKE CHARGE OF OUR OWN HEALTH!
I am a homeschooling mom of eight and we are busy! I know how easy it would be to let my health slide, but whenever I am tempted to do that, I know that likely means I need to pay even more attention to my wellness!
Health and wellness has always been a huge part of my life. I dabbled in pre-med and nutrition in college and have had a lifelong passion for it my entire adult life. It has served me well over the years of raising a family, especially now when one of my children is in treatment for leukemia. I have never been more grateful for my background in health and nutrition!
I would love to share some ways you can be intentional about your wellness, even during seasons of business.
How To Choose Wellness As A Busy Mom:
1. Clean Up Your Nutrition –
This is the first thing to concentrate on when you are in a busy season. You do not have to have a “perfect” diet, but aim to cut back on the sugar and processed foods, and add in some extra veggies and healthy fats. You’ll be amazed at what a difference it makes! I use the Carb Manager app to track my daily food intake and it really helps me see where I am lacking each day. I follow a keto diet and have never felt better.
2. Get Enough Sleep –
I know as busy moms, we all roll our eyes when someone tells us to get some extra sleep. As a busy mom with eight children at home, I get it! But I also know that almost everything in our bodies is connected to getting adequate sleep. Our immune system is affected, our mood, our weight, our mental clarity… adequate sleep has a positive affect on all these things! Aim to get seven hours of sleep each night and go to bed at a consistent hour each night. Another thing I like to do is wake before my children, and it’s hard to do that if I am up all night!
3. Take Quality Supplements –
Even if our diet is pretty clean, some supplements will likely benefit you. We all have nutritional gaps, and a lot of that has to do with the way food is processed today. I have a cabinet full of vitamins, tinctures, and supplements for my family. We tend to take more supplements to keep us healthy during the winter months, when we aren’t outside so much. I would much rather focus on prevention than try and catch up when we get sick. Being prepared is key! My whole family also drinks this superfood shake daily all year round, but especially during the colder months. I know they are getting quality vitamins and superfoods and they have no idea just how many veggies are included! Mom win! Grab it with my favorite 20 minute workout here.
4. Focus On Self Care –
Self care is a bit over dramatized in the media right now. However, there is some truth to the idea of taking care of yourself, as you can see from this article. I know I feel better when I get dressed and fix my makeup in the morning. I use my essential oils in my diffuser each day and topically for a variety of benefits. It makes a huge difference! My stress level tends to lower and my productivity increases.
I notice a huge difference in my day when I take a few minutes each morning to put myself together. I have perfected the 5 Minute Mom Makeup Routine! I also take a few minutes each morning and night to focus on my skincare routine. It makes a huge difference not only in how I look, but how I feel!
Self care can mean getting up early before the kids wake up, reading a good book for a few minutes, or listening to a podcast. I get my Bible time in before my kids wake up and sometimes again in the afternoon. The idea is just to take a few minutes to fill your cup.
5. Drink More Water –
Water makes our bodies go round! Really though, we all know we need to drink more water (and maybe less coffee!). Aim to drink about half your body weight in ounces of water each day and watch the difference. You’ll sleep better, your skin tone will improve, your energy level will increase, your digestion will improve… the list goes on and on! I track my water in my planner so I can see it throughout the day. My girls and I also have this water bottle that is a fun way to keep track of our water intake.
6. Add in Movement –
Another groan here, I’m sure! We all know that we should be getting in about 30 minutes of exercise a day. This can mean lifting weights, going up and down stairs in your home, pushing a stroller on a walk, or doing an intense workout at home or the gym. The idea is to move your body more than you are used to each day. Exercise raises your endorphins and actually boosts your energy levels throughout the day. Not only that, but exercise has a great mood boosting effect! I tend to workout more for the stress relief than anything else! Pick something simple that you can stick with. You may enjoy reading Reasons To Get Healthy Now. If you want to start working out at home but don’t have a lot of time, check out my absolute favorite program right now. Nutrition and fitness in one package, and only takes 20 minutes a day! As an added benefit, you’ll have private access to me to help you along!
If you are ready to take your health seriously this year, consider joining my New Year’s Challenge for moms!