Women are busier than ever these days. Whether you’re a stay at home mom or you work outside the home, you’re juggling a multitude of things. We’re working, keeping house, raising our kids and trying to take care of everything and everyone.
As crazy as our lives get, we must also take care of ourselves or we can’t properly care for those around us. I’m a busy mom, doing it all with no nanny, housekeeper or family to help but I carve out time and look after myself with exercise, proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. There are simple things we can do that really make a big difference.
- Eating healthy foods goes a long way because not only is proper nutrition better for you in the long run but certain foods like beans, eggs, nuts and bananas give you the energy you need to get through your busy day.
- Get your heart pumping and work up a sweat every day. Well, try for at least most days of the week. Exercise wards off disease, boosts your immune system and energizes you. Even if you only have 15 minutes, you’ll reap some benefits. If time is an issue, break it down into three 10 minutes sessions and before the day is over you will have a half hour under your belt.
- Get together with your girlfriends. Studies show that socializing and connecting with others is as beneficial to our health as not smoking. Take a walk, meet for coffee, get a group together and let loose, there’s nothing like a fun girl’s night out to rejuvenate you!
Give yourself a break. A little downtime really helps you regroup. Even if you take just 15 minutes, it will help. I know it’s not easy for some of us to be ‘idle’ especially if you are one of those people that doesn’t feel productive unless you’re getting something done. I can be like that. One of my friends once said to me, “Kelly, you’re not a human being, you’re a human doing!” I do like to keep on top of things but I have learned to appreciate downtime. A little time for yourself is essential for your well-being. Spend it any way you wish – read a book, flip through a magazine, meditate, watch a little TV or just be. It will help you refocus and retain your energy.
Kelly Bonanno is a city girl turned suburbanite, mom to 2 boys, ages 6 and 10. She is passionate about healthy, eco-friendly living. She shares lifestyle tips and trends on those topics and more on her blog: http://www.savvysuburban.com.