Mom Self-Care. I didn’t really know what this even meant the first few years of my son’s life. I didn’t understand the concept. I tried a few times when I was finally cleared to exercise to go to the gym but since I was breastfeeding it was extremely uncomfortable and plus I missed my little guy. I mean I only had so much time in the day to spend with him since I was busy finishing up graduate school. All day I was taking care of patients in clinic, then I would come home to take care of him, and of course try to squeeze in some time with my husband. I didn’t realize that I was being self-neglecting and honestly after taking care of everyone else I was drained and had no energy left. The first year it was all about my son. His needs came before mine and that’s how I continued to live for the next few years until I realized I was going to emotionally and physically destroy myself. He was over 2.5 years old when I really looked in the mirror and realized those pregnancy pounds won’t miraculously come off, little did I know that those years changed my body permanently and that neglect destroyed it. You see, many don’t understand that those piles upon piles of stress can really affect not only your mind, but also your body negatively. There is no one else to blame but your self. You are the person who is responsible for your body and for your health. If YOU chose to put everyone else in front of yourself, then YOU made that choice. No one else did that for you. When they go over the safety measures on an airplane before take off they usually say put on the mask on yourself before you put it on your child so you can be able to help them. This applies to everyday life as well because if you don't take care of yourself you will not be able to take care of your kids, and they depend on you. Learn to love yourself and take care of your health. You can choose how you live. You are the only person responsible for what happens. When one starts blaming other people and other situations the only person who suffers is you. There is a tendency to fill yourself up with tons of unneeded negativity and that destruction comes slowly from within. Therefore, I learned to let go. Let go of the past and build on your future. Always move forward. Do it before it is too late. Accept the responsibility for your health, your body, and your mind. Start slowly and set three simple goals.
For me it was easy to make time to feed my son in the morning and give him is vitamins. I didn't for one second stop and make time for myself to eat breakfast and take vitamins before we rushed out the door. The only person who can stop you from achieving these goals is you. Make a change for better health. Write down your simple goals and put them somewhere visible. It will make your day and make you feel so good when you have accomplished them and then add to them. Set larger goals. If you don’t take care of yourself no one will. Make a self-care plan for yourself and follow through. One needs to be healthy and happy to have a healthy and happy family. At the end of the day, you will realize that leading a healthy lifestyle is actually a great example for your whole family.
Healthy, Happy Mom=Healthy, Happy Families
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