Keep on moving. Never stop moving. I know y’all understand. Sometimes being a mom can feel a lot like being on a hamster wheel. Just. Don’t. Stop.
At every turn, it seems that someone needs to be fed, someone’s pooped their pants. Someone needs to be taken somewhere, and someone else needs to be picked up. Not to mention my job, exercise, or my occasional need to shower.
Sound familiar? I’m sure it does.
With young children, it can often seem like we can’t even take a single moment for ourselves. Forget a morning to sleep in after a rough day or god forbid: an entire day off! Hah.
Here are a few things I’m doing to make sure I keep one foot in front of the other every day.
1) Supplements: I’ve continued to take my pre-natal vitamins and Vitamin D well past my pregnancy. To those, I’ve also added Ester-C 24 Hour Immune Support. I take the 1000 mg supplement once a day to provide around-the-clock immune system support.*
You can get Ester-C at Walmart on the supplement and vitamin aisle. According to the manufacturer:
A daily dose of Ester-C gets into your white blood cells, and stays there for up to 24 hours, which is longer than regular Vitamin C.* Plus, Ester-C is specially manufactured, which means its non-acidic and gentle on your stomach.*
2) Exercise: Yup, it’s the ONE thing I’m working hard at including in my day that’s just for me. Exercise is vital to me feeling my best. I clear my mind, get my heart rate up, burn some calories, and sweat. I know it can be hard to fit it in to your day. But, this is one thing worth getting up early for. And, y’all know how much I value sleep.
3) Fresh Foods: During the winter months, it’s easy to rely on convenience foods and frozen foods for meals, but if you ask me, it’s worth making something fresh every day. I mix up a kale salad with orange segments as a side dish for dinner, a strawberry banana smoothie for a post-workout pick-me-up, or roast some broccoli to through into an Asian quinoa salad for lunch.
4) Get Outside: I’m an indoor exerciser (treadmill, strength training, etc.), but I don’t feel like a whole person unless I spend about 30 minutes out in the fresh air every day. I’m not heading out in the dreary rain or anything, but if the sun is shining (even if it’s cold out there), we’re all bundling up and walking around the block.
5) Caffeine: I know this line item should probably be something like water. But, coffee has water, right? My daily coffee keeps me going. And in the interest of keeping this list authentic, it had to be added.
What’s in your mom-arsenal to keep you and your family performing their best?