Life is crazy busy these days. I think an argument could be made that the demands we all face are even greater than they have been in years past. As a homeschooling mom of 9 who works in the home, I know all too well of the kinds of demands you’ve probably got placed on your time. There are so many responsibilities to uphold at the same time, and just when you think you’ve got your day figured out something seemingly urgent comes flying your way. No matter the demands, roles, and responsibilities you and I face, we cannot escape the reality that in order to keep juggling everything, we’ve got to be healthy. As tempting as it might be to put your health in the backseat, nothing will demand attention more than a health problem. That’s why it’s important to focus on your health every day – and it’s so easy to do! Here are a couple important things to keep in mind about your health. Ultimately, you are the only person who can do something about your health. Sure, you can learn, receive support, and even work on it with others, but in the end the action needs to be taken by you. Your health is still your health and your responsibility. Taking care of yourself is also a gift to others. When you’re in better health, you’ll be more able to care for others, fulfill your roles and responsibilities, and you’ll be a happier person because of it. If you’re someone who has thought that making healthy choices has to be complicated, then you’ll see how simple it really can be with these 5 tips.
Here’s how to be a happy and healthy mom.
Eat a healthy diet
A healthy diet doesn’t have to be complicated, overwhelming, or involve all kinds of special foods. Do a little bit of reading, ask your healthy friends or family members about what they do, and make smart food choices one small step at a time.
Get enough rest
Remember, I’m someone who has 9 kids. I know how hard this can sounds if you’re a busy woman and mom. But, I also know the toll not getting enough rest takes on your body in the longterm. But, not getting enough rest also greatly affects you in your everyday life. When you’re not getting enough rest you’re not as alert, you’re not as patient, you’re more likely to make mistakes and poor choices, and everything you do will take more effort and probably time in the long run. Getting a bit more rest likely won’t cost you time. In the end, you’ll most likely regain that time because you’ll be have more energy and be more accurate and efficient.
Know your health risks
As much as you might not want to think about it, like me you also have to take your health seriously. This includes when your health appears to be in good shape. Early detection in anything is key, and this is especially true when it comes to breast cancer. The truth is, one in eight women develop invasive breast cancer, at some point in her life. As a woman in my mid-forties, I am taking charge of what I can do to become aware of my health risks. I’m so thankful for the tools available today – including mammograms. By the time women are in their 40s they should be getting annual mammograms since early detection is so important. There are even mammography screening guidelines you can read. With early detection comes more and better treatment options with increased opportunities for better outcomes. Schedule an annual mammogram, too. In addition to getting a mammogram, as a woman you can take your health more seriously by taking Beaumont’s free breast cancer risk assessment. It’s free, just takes a few minutes, and you don’t even have to leave your home since it’s done right online on the Beaumont website. It took me only a few minutes to take the test, and my results show that I am at a low risk for breast cancer. Knowing this has really put my mind at ease. When you’re done, you’ll better understand your overall risk for developing breast cancer. Knowing the answers to questions about ancestry and family history, lifestyle, and age as well as other risk factors will all help you become even more proactive when it comes to annual screenings, genetic counseling, and simply being more aware of your own health risks. If you find you’re at increased risk, you’ll know it’s a great time to have a conversation with your doctor.
Do something for you
It’s so easy to be so focused on everything we need to do that we just leave anything we’d like to do for sometime later. And then later never comes. Like me, you probably prioritize task after task and check a fair amount of them off your list. But something you enjoy doing or taking just a few minutes for yourself never appears on your list. This was me for years. But, it’s not really me anymore. I’ve learned that putting myself off for another day costs way more than it saves. Sometimes I stop and buy a $5 bouquet of flowers at the stand down the road. Other times I spend an entire half hour reading a book. At other times I just sit out on my porch and look at the night sky while doing absolutely nothing else. Doing something for you doesn’t have to take a ton of time and it doesn’t even have to cost any money. It’s just a matter of doing something that fills your heart and soul.
How am I supposed to find the time to exercise? If this is you, I hear you. But, this is something that is simply a non-negotiable for me, and it always has been. My life is certainly busy, and with 9 kids I have my fair share of responsibilities. Would it surprise you to hear that I actually don’t find the time to exercise? That’s right. I don’t find the time to exercise. I make the time to exercise, which is an important thing to understand. When it comes to something like exercise, you’ll likely never find the time to exercise. If you want to make exercise happen, you’ll have to make the time to exercise. With nine homeschooled kids, a business to run, a home to care for and more, I know exactly what it means to be “too busy.” But like me, you can’t take care of your responsibilities without first taking care of you. Doing everything you can to keep yourself healthy physically, mentally, and emotionally is the best gift you can give to yourself and your loved ones.