It’s time to change the conversation around motherhood and healthy living. It’s about feeling good and doing the things that lift you up, no matter how big or small. Little victories are significant on this journey. Motherhood is a total whirlwind, but you can be healthy, happy and fulfilled, and still put your littles needs at the top of your to-do list.
As a health coach, setting goals with intention is critical. It’s about looking at the bigger picture and working backward on how you want to get there, and then giving yourself permission to put in the time and have space.
Here are five things for you to keep in mind when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
- You can (and should) make time for yourself. You have to make yourself a priority. The days can feel long. Do this in whatever way feels good to you. Maybe it’s a long shower, a hot cup of coffee before your kids get up, doing your hair, reading a book, meditation, a workout, even quiet time. You do YOU. If it feels good, it’s worth taking the time to make it happen.
- You (and your family) can eat healthy, even with picky eaters. What you eat makes all the difference in how you feel. A few small starter ideas for those who struggle, try blending veggies into pasta sauce, make fruit smoothies, switch white rice for brown, and use seasonings. Get your kids involved too! It’s an excellent way for them to learn about food and feel invested in the process.
- Let go of what you “should” be doing and do what makes you feel your best. Silence the noise and find time during the day to check in with yourself about how you’re doing. Do more of what makes you feel great and begin to eliminate that extra “stuff.” On our best days, we feel like we can conquer the world. Let’s have more of those!
- You will re-discover yourself (new moms, this one is for you). It won’t happen overnight, but I promise you will find your way back to yourself. Keeping a journal can help get things out of your head, giving them a place to be and offer a source of reflection as you find and define your new self.
- Everything is a phase; the good and the bad. It all flashes by, and you never know when that last middle of the night feed will be, or the last time they’ll willingly eat a veggie or want to snuggle. Just know that when you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, tomorrow is a new day.
Remember to take it one day at a time. That’s all we’ve got.