We know that Moms are really worth celebrating all year round. From nurturing newborns to feeding and supporting families, to rubbing little tired feet at night or helping with homework, a Mother’s work truly never ends, not even when children head off to College. And we’re thankful for that. Mother’s Day makes sure we stop to celebrate and hopefully spoil the Moms, Grandmas and Mom’s-to-be in our lives.
But there’s more to consider as we celebrate Moms in May. May 11-17 is National Women’s Health Week. As the special women in our lives work hard to look after everyone around them, this is a good time to make sure that the moms in your life—including you, if you’re a mom reading this—are actually making their own health a priority, too. Sometimes in the busy-ness of looking after others, they forget to look after themselves. Does this sound familiar?
Making health a priority doesn’t have to be as daunting as it sounds. Sure, checking in with your doctor every once in a while is a good idea, but on a daily basis, it can be the little things that count being active on a regular basis, eating healthy, getting enough sleep and managing stress are all simple steps that can help to improve or maintain health and well being.
Being active can be as simple as going for a walk around the neighborhood every day. Research shows that just 30 minutes of light exercise a day, can help reduce anxiety levels. Not to mention, regular exercise supports heart health. May also happens to be National Stroke awareness month, a condition that affects twice as many women each year as breast cancer—another good reason to keep moving! Whether it’s walking, biking or swimming, the key is to find an enjoyable exercise routine, otherwise it will be difficult to motivate to do it.
Eating healthy can seem daunting, but eating more fruits and vegetables alone can help to improve feelings of well being and fend off anxiety thanks to the myriad vitamins, minerals and antioxidants found in fresh produce. Another tip for eating healthy is to focus on the outer aisles of the grocery store: dairy, fruit and veggies, meat, fish and poultry. Of course, an exception can always be made for seeking out the dark chocolate!
And then there is rest and relaxation. Taking 20 minutes out of the day to meditate can reduce anxiety and increase the ability to cope with stress. It can also leave you feeling rejuvenated. But ultimately nothing replaces sleep. A good night’s sleep alone, can improve concentration, memory and renew physical energy. But if getting a restful night’s sleep proves challenging, try soaking in a bath before bedtime, or using aromatherapy to help you relax.
Remember Moms, if you don’t look after your self it’s hard to look after the loved ones who need you. And we do need you! Thank you for all that you do.