It gets to the point that, as parents, we feel that we are fighting a losing battle with our health. We’ve got so many different priorities in life that, gradually, we slip down the pecking order. We try and do everything we can for our children, even if this means that we struggle as a result. This is not the best attitude. Of course, we want to do everything we can for our children, but we’ve got to give ourselves the right components to be healthy and happy too. It doesn’t have to be difficult, but it’s about giving yourself the right things in life to give yourself that all-important health makeover. What are the things you should consider?
Fixing the Little Issues You Have With Yourself
Whether you are thinking about straightening your teeth, or desperately trying to get rid of those wrinkles, if you look in the mirror and think of yourself as someone with a lot of room for improvement, you’ve got to play the odds. There are certain things that you can do to fix the little issues you have, such as getting braces or incorporating a new skincare routine, but you’ve got to decide if these problems will really make you happy in the long run. Fixing the little issues with ourselves should be from the inside out. When there are little things we have problems with, it’s about prioritizing what would really put a spring in our step. If you’ve got an annoying tooth which you obsess over, it’s easy enough to get this fixed. On the other hand, if you’ve got a problem with the bump in your nose, will plastic surgery make all the difference? You have to think.
Addressing Our Overall Health
Fixing health problems is not a one-size-fits-all practice. When we feel exhausted all the time because of the pressures of parenthood, we’ve got to look at the mental health aspect, the physical health, but also if we are doing enough to promote self-care for ourselves. Addressing our overall health by having health checks will, at the very least, make sure that we are medically fit and healthy. But if we aren’t feeling 100%, despite the blood tests saying we are, we’ve got to dig deeper. Is there a problem with your diet? You may be eating well, but there’s a lot of anecdotal evidence to say that some people react poorly to certain foods, even though they are supposedly good for us. A very good example is the deadly nightshade family of vegetables. If you have pains and aches in your joints, you might want to try an elimination diet to remove certain culprits. We have to remember that our body is trying to tell us something or is trying to protect itself, and this is what inflammation is there for. If we are constantly feeling foggy or tired, it could very well be our body trying to fight something.
Finding Time for You
There are so many things that we’ve got to do in life. And there’s not enough time to do it all. But if you feel that all you are doing is getting on and off the treadmill of preparing your child’s lunches, cleaning the house, and paying bills, it’s time to do something that you would enjoy. Taking time out of your life gives you the opportunity to gain perspective on the situation. Many parents who have gone through lockdown this year have found themselves going through the same actions every day without a break in the monotony. Now is arguably the best time to find little practices that you can take with you after life returns to normal. Finding time for you could be about incorporating a hobby or about a practice that you can do every day just to check in with yourself. Whether you don’t like the idea of meditation or you feel the pressures of the ironing pile overwhelm you, and you’ve got to do this before you can relax, taking the opportunity to step away from the situation can give you the mental and physical distance to learn about you again.
Our health is important not just because it gives us the energy to handle whatever is thrown at us but it’s about that all-important opportunity to recharge and give our body, brain, and soul what it needs. Being a busy parent is not easy when there are a million things to do, but if you start by addressing these three areas, you will be happier to look in the mirror, feel better, but also prioritize yourself.
How have you given yourself a mommy healthy makeover? Let me know in the comments below!