The daily pressures of family life, raising our little rugrats, can consume our peace of mind as easily as they consume our energy. How can we find serenity amid the chaos -- and hold onto it for more than a fleeting moment?
So you busy moms, here are three self-care tips you must do in order to ensure a healthy and happy life:
1. Get exercising: Whether you need to exercise more often or just want to shake up your regular routine, choose activities that motivate you to exercise consistently. Take an outdoor yoga class. Sign up for a 5K race. Hire a personal trainer. Try your hand at Tai Chi. Buy a Pilates DVD to do at home.
2. Feed your body well: Good food fuels your body, so make sure you eat and drink high-quality ingredients. "It's a natural tendency to put your children first," admits Sara Haas RDN, LDN, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and mother of a 4-year-old daughter. "But you need to nourish yourself with proper foods. It's great for your kids to see you practicing self-care because you're modeling healthy behavior."
3. Get connected: Don't let your busy schedule squeeze out time for socializing. Join Make the first Friday of each month date night, for example, or schedule a one-Saturday-morning-a-month coffee date amongst your social circles.