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Caring For the Busy Mom's Heart

I believe we need a self care revolution. My goal as a holistic health coach to busy moms is to make self care as normal as brushing our teeth and that morning cup of coffee (or green tea, whatever the case may be). 

In my ideal world, you might plan dinner, plan your errands and then plan your next epsom salt bath and download a new guided meditation. I want us to prioritize our self care as much as we prioritize the care of everyone and everything else. 

Self care is vital to good health.

You can eat a kale salad everyday but unless you care for yourself on a deeper level you will only be able to take your health and wellness so far. That is why every mom that works with me knows that we are not just going to talk about meal plans and superfoods. We are going to talk about caring for ourselves, mind, body and soul, as well in order to achieve true wellness. 

Implied in that equation is caring for the busy mom's heart. It seems pretty timely to focus on the busy mom's heart as we get ready to celebrate Valentine's Day. This is not a task that should be assigned to a sweetheart or significant other. Caring for our heart is on us. It is something we must prioritize as part of a healthy lifestyle. 

Caring for the busy mom hearts doesn't have to be complicated either. 

 

The key to a healthy heart is a healthy diet. 

The key to a happy heart is gratitude. 

 

You need both. 

 

Today we are focused on the latter.

I am going to share my 3 favorite ways to live with more gratitude in order to care for your busy mom heart:

  1. Guided meditation that focus on gratitude- Lately I have been practicing guided meditation during the day when I have some time to myself or first thing in the morning. I have noticed a huge difference in my mood, demeanor and happiness. There are many guided meditations that you can find on the internet, but here are two I love. Try these or find something that works best for you. 
  2. Gratitude Journal- This is a perfect way to end the day. Taking even just 5 minutes to jot down the people and things you can be grateful for each day is a simple way to practice gratitude. Personally, it reminds me just how lucky I really am. Every mom that tries this practice notices the positive effect it has on the heart. It is simple and effective.
  3. Say "THANK YOU" and say it often- In fact, over-say it. Show it, too. This weekend I named 3 people who helped me in some way last week and then I sat down and wrote them thank you notes. I had already thanked them and hugged them at the time of the favor/gesture. But I wanted to go a little further. I know that my extra effort will be appreciated but more than that, I have to tell you, writing those thank you notes made me feel really good, too. It felt great to pause and show true gratitude for the friends in my life that I can truly count on. Who can you share some extra gratitude with? 

These are three simple ways that the busiest mom can care for her heart even when time is hard to spare. Choose one of these suggestions or even something else that works for you and see the change it brings to your life. Share your experiences, your questions and your victories with us in our online community, The Real Moms Collaborative. 

 

Thank you so much for reading! 

 

 

 

How a Busy Mom Can Be a Fit Mom!

If you read my posts it is likely because you are a busy mom that cares about your health and the health of your family. Our paths have crossed because you want to make healthy living easy enough to fit into your busy life. I share a lot of ideas about food choices, recipes and strategies for healthy kitchen habits.

 

But we both know that good health is more than just food.

 

On the road to better health, my clients (who are busy moms like you and I) often talk about more than just food. We might talk about stress management, sleep issues, relationships, self care or a list of many other things. 

 

As the Inner Circle member moms know, we have been spending a lot of time and focus on SELF CARE over the last few weeks. We have covered topics like dry brushing, journaling, yoga, meditation and more. These are easy and effective ways of taking good care of ourselves, something we often overlook but certainly should not.

 

When talking about self care I always bring up fitness.

 

Fitness is a separate category all its own, but it is definitely part of self care as well. It is important to take care of ourselves physically but there is more to it than that. Let me see a show of hands if you use exercise for more than just a way to stay in shape. Maybe it is your way to take a mental break, clear your head or de-stress. This is definitely true for me! 

 

You probably already knew that though, right?

 

The problem isn't convincing us that exercise is important and all the reasons why. The problem is that we are busy. Often we feel too busy to fit in fitness. We are balancing a hectic schedule and sometimes the day gets away from us before we follow through with an exercise plan.

 

I am not alone, right?

 

It has happened to me more than I like to admit. There are days when I lace up my sneakers and THINK I am going for a run in the afternoon... but by the time I am done picking everyone up from their activities, feed them and make sure homework is happening, it can be bedtime! 

 

I knew there had to be a better way. What I figured out as a way to fit in more fitness is what I want to share with you here....

 

 

4 Ways to Fit In More Fitness

  1. Schedule it in your calendar just like any other high priority. You write down the t-ball games, tutoring schedule and doctor appointments. Write down the days and times you plan to run, head to yoga, and go to Zumba. 
  2. Try new ways to stay active to keep yourself engaged and motivated! Yoga, Zumba, Crossfit, cycling, running, bowling, boxing, Tai Chi... there are so many ways to keep things fresh and avoid getting bored with your exercise routine. Try something that sounds like fun and mark it in your calendar!
  3. Find simple and manageable routines and backups. As a mom, I know that I might have an excellent plan for the day that includes time for exercise but then a sick child, a missed school bus or a cancelled babysitter can throw a wrench in those plans. I have a few favorite 8-minute Tabata-style routines that I can use as a backup if going to the gym is suddenly out of the question. And my dear friend Diana created a very special Tabata-style routine just for the Real Moms' Inner Circle, complete with an instructional video! If you are a member mom, or are ready to become one, you don't want to miss it.
  4. Set some GOALS! If you know me you know if love to RUN. But even as much as I love running, life can get in the way of a good training routine...if I let it. So I keep myself accountable by setting some goals. Signing up for a few races helps me keep my eye on the prize. Two races I am training for right now are the Perfect 10 and the Philadelphia Marathon. (EEK!) What goals could you be setting to keep you on track? Maybe you can come and run one of these races with me! 

When we make fitness manageable and a "non-negotiable" (with some mild flexibility, of course) we can make it work. When we schedule it in, do something compact and that doesn't take up a ton of time and even when we make fitness something fun and have a goal in mind it allows us to see how we can make it fit into our busy lives. 

Thank you for reading.

 

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