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Miki Tips: For the Mamas

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For the Mamas

You’ve heard it before. Healthy, happy mamas make healthy, happy families. It can be daunting, no matter how old your kids are, to make time for a shower, let alone for a workout. And as moms, we’re hard wired to put others first, often to the detriment of our own health and wellbeing. But here’s the truth – if you don’t make time to take care of yourself, it will get harder and harder to take care of others.

Recently, a bunch of us chimed in to offer fellow member Sofia some advice for balancing a full-time job, a new baby, and a consistent workout routine. Of all the collective wisdom shared, there were a few common threads:

1. Get on a schedule and stick with it. Make fitness a priority, the way you would a meeting with your boss. Block it out in your calendar and schedule around it. Or, get up early and get it done before the kids are awake. Whatever your preference, make it a priority. Treat that time as sacred. It’s yours.

2. Prep, prep, prep. Take advantage of your weekends to do food prep, grocery shopping and meal planning. That way you don’t have to think twice about what to fix for dinner. If that sounds like too much work, and you can afford it, consider a meal delivery service like Territory Foods (use code CFDHmeals for two meals on the house!). It may seem like a small thing, but those efficiencies will add up over the course of a week.  (I know that if it weren’t for Territory meals, the parents of the Devaney-dottirs might go hungry.)

3. Prioritize. Spend some time making lists of daily tasks that are must-dos, things that would be nice to do, and things that you feel you should be doing but really could care less about. It goes without saying that you should immediately ditch that last one. Focus on making time for the things on your must-do list, and forgive yourself for the rest.

4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Who says we have to do it all? Have your spouse or your mother-in law watch the kids while you work out. Outsource things like housekeeping and yard work once in a while so you can make time for yourself. Which leads me to the most important tip…

5. Self care is a must. Don’t feel guilty for putting yourself first sometimes. Taking the time to take care of your health and fitness is going to make you better able to handle everything – your job, your family, your daily responsibilities. You will be teaching your kids by example that self care is important and they will be more likely to follow in your footsteps.

Be good to yourself. You don’t have to be perfect. Just be you.

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