Life is busy. Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent, a full-time working parent, or somewhere in-between, life can get crazy, and it’s really easy to let yourself slide down your list of priorities. A lot of women that I talk to, especially moms, struggle with making time for self-care when life gets busy. Even though it’s our go-to to care for others before we care for ourselves, I can’t be the best mom, the best wife, the best person in general if I’m not taking care of my health!
In order to make that happen, I have simple and effective habits that I can do every day to set myself up for success mentally and physically. Not all of these happen every day, but when I’m consistent (not perfect!), I feel such a huge difference in my attitude, my energy, and my progress toward my health goals.
- Meditation–I used to be a skeptic with meditation, but once I gave it a try, it has helped immensely with my anxiety disorder. I start my day with 10 minutes of guided meditation through the Headspace app; this lowers my stress first thing and helps me be ready for a positive day.
- Water–I drink water like I’ve been wandering in the desert for 40 years. It’s almost embarrassing when I go out to eat how many times my water glass gets refilled! Staying hydrated is vital to your overall wellness since EVERY single system in your body needs water to function properly! I start every day with a big glass of water to kickstart my system (before coffee!), and I drink about 100 oz throughout the day. (To figure out the minimum amount of water you need each day, take your weight and divide it in half–that is the number of oz you should drink each day minimum!)
- Exercise–this should be a no-brainer for wellness, ya’ll. Being active is good for your heart, for your mind, and for your body. For me, the best way to make sure I’m consistent with this is to choose a program to follow, and to make sure that my fitness is accessible; I use a streaming workout system that I can do at home, and I do it in the early morning to make sure I get it done before anything can interrupt my day.
- Shakeology–I drink my super shake every single day for optimum nutrition, and my recipe tastes awesome, gives me energy, and sneaks some greens in, too. Chocolate shake, 1/2 cup almond milk, a handful of ice, 2 tsp almond butter, a banana, 1 cup spinach, 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes, and 1 tbsp local raw honey. I get superfoods, healthy fats, and greens all in one meal, and I feel amazing!
And that’s it! It’s not groundbreaking, but it makes a huge difference in my health and in my life. Making these habits a part of your wellness routine will help you, too!