I am a stay-at-home mom. This generally means, I don’t get paid for my job as a mom, at least not with money (but I do get paid with hugs and kisses, which is better, I think). Also, this means, that I don’t get sick days, EVER. I think that most of you fellow moms can relate, whether you work outside or inside of your home. I know that making time to take care of yourself is the furthest thing from your mind and yet, it is what will prevent you from getting sick and allow you to be your best for your family.
It’s so easy to put everyone else in your household first. I seem to do it all the time. I’m learning that when you take care of yourself, you are able to be the best mom and wife for your family which means you are able to care for your kids, and sometimes husband, when they are sick. I know that all Logan and Shadrach really want when they are sick is my love and attention. The last thing I want to do is worry about whether I’m going to come down with something too!
Last Monday, I gave you a list of my must-have’s for when your kids are sick. Today, I’m sharing simple ways you can take care of yourself so you can be the best YOU for your family.
Get Plenty of Sleep on a daily basis. This is the first thing I’m going to suggest. I’m talking about 7 or 8 hours of sleep each night. This is the area I struggle with the most. I’m a night owl and tend to find my second wind around the time Logan goes to bed. (Go figure) So, I tend to lose track of the time and before I know it, it’s 1:30 and I know that I want to be up by 6:30 am. However, I am very rarely up at that time. I usually end up in bed until my alarm clock *ahem* Logan wakes me up. 🙂
I believe going to bed and getting up at relatively the same time every day is beneficial and will help you feel so much better. So, turn off Netflix, and get to bed! 🙂 (This is a reminder to myself, mostly) Also a quick note to all you mamas that have little ones not sleeping through the night yet. I know this step isn’t possible for you right now. So just remember to do everything else I’ve suggested and know that sleep will come one day soon and hopefully before their 18th birthday 😉
Drink 64 Ounces of Water every day! I’m preaching to myself on this one too. Drinking enough water during the day does so much for your body. It really helps in making sure you stay hydrated and flushes out any bad germs. I’m sure I don’t need to explain the array of health benefits from drinking water. This is an easy one that doesn’t take a lot of effort or time. So go pick up a cute water bottle, and get busy drinking those 64 ounces of water! (Am I the only one that seems to drink more water when I have a fun, new cup or bottle to drink out of?)
Get 30 Minutes of Exercise at least 3-5 days a week. This does not have to be anything fancy AT ALL. It can be as simple as going for a walk with your kiddos. Or, doing an exercise video while your children play. However, you deciding to get 30 minutes of heart-pumping movement in your day will do wonders for you. It helps build up your immune system as well as give you more energy. Plus I always seem to feel better in my own skin when I take the time each day. This is “me” time that should be carved out each day. Schedule it if you have to, just fit it in somewhere. You’ll be amazed at how much easier you can keep up with your kids too, once you start exercising regularly.
Eat Lots of Fruit and Veggies every day. I’m not telling you to go on a diet. I’m just suggesting that you incorporate fruits and vegetables into each meal. I aim to have at least one vegetable with every meal. Getting enough fruit is not a problem, but, veggies are my nemesis. This is something I don’t always succeed at, but when I do, I feel so much better. I just encourage you to figure out what you need to add to your diet (or subtract) and find the easiest way to do it. Make sure you get all the nutrients you need to have energy and keep your immune system up!
Get Some Extra Vitamin C every day. This can come in many different forms. The best way to get it is with the foods you eat. Your body just absorbs it better. I also tend to keep Emergen-C stocked in our medicine cabinet and when Logan is sick, I’ll make sure to drink some every day. However, there are other vitamin C supplements out there that may work better for you. If your kiddo is coming down with something, have some there to help boost your immune system so that you can avoid getting sick (or not get hit as hard)
I know that taking care of yourself isn’t always the easiest. I also know from experience that when my child gets sick, all I want to do is hold him and cuddle with him. That means sometimes I get what he has. I notice that when I do take care of myself and follow these steps, I tend to get over it much faster (or sometimes even prevent it). I’m not guaranteeing that you won’t get sick. I’m just giving you some simple steps to keep it from getting to the point where it knocks you off your feet.
As a mom, even when I am ill, I’m still in high demand. Sometimes there are only certain things a mom can do. So I don’t always get to rest and have a sick day. Maybe I should rephrase that, I never get to rest and have a sick day. 🙂 Thankfully, I haven’t really had anything since Logan was born. I know this last time when he and Shadrach were down, I hadn’t been taking care of myself like I needed to and ended up sick a few days after they started feeling better. If only I had listened to my own advice right?
Don’t feel guilty for taking care of yourself! Make it a priority and in the end, you and your family will be glad you did. What are some other ways you take care of yourself? Do you have any tricks that ensure you don’t get sick along with your kiddos? I’d love to hear about it in the comments…
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