It’s easy to forget yourself at times, especially in these days where things seem to be moving at a breakneck pace. You are racing between getting your kids to school or juggling work, or trying to keep up with your social obligations while also trying to work on that project you volunteered for. While you do your utmost best to keep everything ticking over, it’s highly likely you are forgetting to spend time on yourself. Even the toughest moms need a breather at times and the opportunity to unwind. Here are a few things you can do to ensure you keep looking after yourself.
Try to remember when the last time was you actually LOL’d, and by those standards, it should be laughing out loud, the kind that makes whatever beverage you were drinking squirt out your nose. Laughing is extremely important to us humans. Scientists tell us that laughter, humor, and joy are an essential part of life. Laughing lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormones, and increases muscle flexion. It increases the circulation of antibodies in the bloodstream and makes us more resistant to infection. So if you can’t remember the last time you laughed, go find out the things and people that made you laugh the most.
Be sure to get a good night’s sleep every night. A good rest is essential for charging up the batteries. Sure, you might be used to being known for needing just a few hours sleep, but as you get older, that might have changed. Sleep is essential because as you drift off to sleep, your body begins its night-shift work. This work includes healing damaged cells, boosting your immune system, recovering from the day’s activities, and recharging your heart and cardiovascular system for the next day. You might need to consider how long ago it was you changed your mattress as it might be time to get a new organic mattress.
When was the last time you had some proper exercise? And by that, we don’t mean the daily jog up and down the stairs (although undeniably a calorie burner). Exercise is getting your heart rate up at a sustained level. Exercise makes the body pump more blood to the muscles. This will increase the blood flow, which is beneficial for your brain. During and after exercise, your brain will release endorphins, which help you during exercise and will elevate your mood after. We all feel we have to tighten up or lose a pound or two, but whether we’re figuring out how to lose weight after pregnancy or trying to work out how to fit it into our busy schedules, once we start to crave those endorphins we will inevitably make time. But it’s hard to do at the start. Begin by blocking out some time on your calendar and stick to it, which will be difficult to start with. But it’s essential. Making time to exercise will not only give you a better stamina, but it will also make you happier!
A good way to pace yourself is to meditate. Meditation literally clears your mind and calms you down, it’s often been proven to be the single most effective way to live a happier life. Meditation is often mentioned as an essential habit for improving focus, clarity, and attention span, as well as helping to keep you calm. There are lots and lots of ways to meditate. It’s not the goal to find a perfect form of meditation, it’s about forming the daily habit of meditation. It’s not hard to start: pick a time of the day, find a quiet spot, and spend 2 minutes clearing your mind and focusing on your breath. Keeping a yoga mat in the car so you can meditate whenever and wherever you get the chance. Spend 2 times each day, and you are on your way to a better you.