This post contains affiliate links.
Starting the New Year with a back massage sounds pretty nice, doesn’t it? A busy mom’s schedule can be overwhelming when you are juggling kids,work, family and sports. Many of us moms run ourselves ragged with very little time set aside to take care of ourselves. While our little athletes are running in the Red Zone, we are running ourselves into the stress zone. Stress can lead to a variety of health risks like chronic pain, chronic fatigue, even fibromyalgia.
Take a Walk Outside
We all know that daily exercise is important for your physical health, but it can also have a positive affect on your mental health! Something as simple as a half hour walk can calm your mind and strengthen your body. Those effects are multiplied when you exercise outdoors, especially if you are surrounded by green. The fresh air provided by trees, grass, and other plants has a wonderfully calming effect on your brain.
Take a Deep Breath
Even if you cannot find time to get out in the fresh air, your brain still needs that oxygen. Research stress-relieving breathing techniques to help quiet your mind and relax your tense muscles.
Make a List
The most overwhelming part of having a busy day is the way your mind races around all those responsibilities. Take the time at the beginning of your day to make a list of things you absolutely must accomplish. When you see the list written on paper, you can begin to actively plan your day instead of fretting over details.
If your daily list is too big, you may have to cut some stressers out of your day. That may mean deliberately saying no to some commitments or delegating those responsibilities to those you trust. Even superheroes have sidekicks. Make use of yours!
Neither your body nor your brain can function correctly without proper nutrients. Make a concerted effort to eliminate processed junk and add in more fruits, vegetables and healthy proteins. Carry a refillable water bottle around with you so you are keeping your body hydrated. Take care of yourself, momma!
I did not have much relief of my fatigue and tension until I discovered a great rheumatologist who really knew these symptoms well. I was ready to listen to his approach and try supplements. They really do help me feel better and help me get through the day with more energy and less pain. These supplements help to break up the knots in my body and loosen my stiff neck — much like a good massage.
My resolution for the New Year is to take better care of myself, and I hope you will join me in making this promise to yourself. Let’s all take care of ourselves this year. A healthy mom is so important for our families!
This site is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide specific medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should always seek advice from a physician or other qualified health care provider for your individual medical needs.