Taking those first steps in creating a healthier lifestyle can be so overwhelming and daunting. As mums, we are so used to giving to everyone else and making sure everyone else’s needs are being met and often we neglect ourselves and forget to do things that light us up. We often need to be reminded that a healthier, stronger and happier you, results in a person who is better equipped to care for those depending on you.
I think as mums we can often lose sight of ourselves and lose sight of what we love and enjoy. In fact, I remember after I had Hendrix, my husband asked me what my interests where, and to be honest, I couldn’t think of one thing other than my child. All my energy, thought process, and actions were all taken up by just wanting to be the best mum I could be and I forgot about my needs. I did soon learn (well it took over a year) that a happier mum usually results in a happier child. We need to stop losing sight of what is important to us, who we are and what we loved to do pre children. After all, we are not just mums, we have our own identity too. When you start to take opportunities to do something for yourself, your whole persona changes, you get that fire in the belly and you get that zest and excitement for life, and as a result you become a more attentive and patient mum.
I know what you may be thinking, ‘I just don’t have the time’! My response to you is… start small. In the beginning it may mean going for a 15 min walk alone a couple of times a week, taking a bath, going out for a coffee with a girlfriend, doing a home workout when the kids go to sleep, meditation, lighting your favourite candle and reading a book, calling a friend uninterrupted, going to the gym once a week. You need to find something that you LOVE and schedule it in. Put it in the diary and make it happen. In the beginning that mum guilt may creep in, but once you start and realise that this will not only benefit you, but benefit your children as they reap the rewards of a happier mum, that dreaded mum guilt will pass.
For me, training is my therapy. Training releases those feel good endorphins that make you feel on top of the world once finished. Yes there are days where my motivation is missing, but that’s where discipline kicks in and I always remind myself, that no one ever regrets a training session once its complete. Exercise can become so addictive, and what a good addiction to have. Now, I know going to a gym isn’t for everyone, but this is where you need to find what form on exercise works for you. When you find a way to move your body that you enjoy I can guarantee you it will never feel like a chore again.
If there are 24 hours in a day that have been taken by our kiddies, surely we can claim 30mins of that back?
I would love if you could come along for the ride and join my MUMMY REVIVAL FREE 30 DAY CHALLENGE starting on the 14th of January. You will gain so much and it will allow you to start forming some amazing healthy lifestyle habits to kick start your 2019. Who is with me?
I would LOVE to hear from you!