Being a mom is a full-time job. We’re taxi-drivers, meal makers, hair stylists and clothing cleaners. We pick up toys and drop off friends after weekend sleepovers. A moment of personal space is as rare as a kitchen floor without crumbs. So how do we create Pinterest-worthy birthday cupcakes and sew the perfect costume for the 2nd grade talent show without looking like a frazzled, over-caffeinated mess?
Give up multitasking
There’s a sense of exhilaration, a rush, that comes with knocking out task after task, while talking on the phone and slicing veggies for dinner. However, before long, multitasking will leave you feeling defeated and absent minded. Do you ever find yourself tuning out your kids? Or asking your husband to repeat himself—again? These are just a few side effects of doing more than one thing at a time. It takes away from the present moment and causing you to divide your energy among tasks, priorities and people. Stay in the moment and prioritize the people around you.
Get enough sleep
In a perfect world, we’d wake up without an alarm clock, bright eyed and ready to take on the day. However, most mornings, we find ourselves hitting the snooze button and pining for that first cup of coffee. We all know how important exercise and a healthy diet are, yet many of us underestimate the importance of sleep. Not only does sleep allow us to recover, but our bodies rely on this time to balance hormones and restore our immune health. Hormones that have gone haywire can lead to irritability, increased cravings for sweets and a suppressed immune system. Aim for at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night and consider using a sleep mask and ear plugs to increase the quality of your sleep.
Avoid running on empty
We’d never neglect to feed our kids breakfast, right? So then how come hours can pass before we slow down long enough to stand at the sink and devour the leftover crusts from a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Rather than go all day without food, plan to eat every few hours to avoid drops in blood sugar levels which can cause your energy to plummet and your cravings to skyrocket. Be sure to consume your carbohydrate rich foods (fruit, pasta, oatmeal, crackers) with a protein (cottage cheese) or fat (peanut butter) to help improve satiety and to provide a slow, steady stream of energy throughout your body.
Take a day off
Does it seem like everywhere you look there’s something to do? A bill to pay, a bed to make, a pile of clothes to clean? The emotional toll of physical clutter is real. When the house is a mess, you’re likely to feel more stressed. While slowing down or taking a day off (gasp!) may feel like you’re sinking rather than staying afloat, the time off is necessary. The lists will be there tomorrow. Every now and then, let go of the need to be get things done and focus on the time with your kids instead.
Make time for YOU
Speaking of taking a day off, what have you done for YOU lately? Are you getting to the gym as often as you’d like? Are you scheduling manicures and hair appointments as often as you once did? While it may be difficult to get away during nap time and while carpooling from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., schedule time for yourself. If you don’t take care of yourself and make your physical and emotional health a priority, who will take care of your little ones when you’re running ragged and ready to collapse? You’re their number one motivator and they need you to be your best self.
The days are long and years pass quickly. Embrace the time you have with your children and remember to take care of YOU. Be present for your children by prioritizing the time you have with them. Go phone-free at dinner time, ask them questions about their day and be a part of their world by playing with them.
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