I’m not sure if that’s a woman nature but we often tend to look after everyone around first before thinking about ourselves. Especially moms like us, doing everything for, around and with kids, completely neglecting our needs. No time for healthy food choices, no energy for exercises and no way to pamper ourselves whatsoever. Well, sometimes we don’t even have time to think about it all…Can you relate?
I agree, with a new arrival to the family, everything is changing, it’s unpredictable, the days don’t go by exactly how we planned them and the reality of motherhood may be far from what we expected.
I get it, I’m a mom myself I know how BUSY, TIRING and OVERWHELMING being a mom is, especially when you’ve just had your first baby. It’s a giant roller coaster. One moment you’re feeling you’re on top of the world and the next moment you’re crying your eyes out feeling completely powerless! You most likely want to look after yourself but how on earth do you find the energy and TIME to do so…
Let me ask you this:
How long have you been putting yourself last, looking after everybody but yourself?
How long have you wanted to do something for you but there were just not enough hours in a day?
How many times have you said: “I’ll start tomorrow” only to find out that tomorrow never comes?
I bet you were shocked by the answers yourselves. Neglecting your wants and needs became a new “normal” for you. Is that the way it should be?
Well, no…you know what, they say, “you can’t pour from an empty cup”, so if you don’t start making yourself a priority, sooner or later you won’t be able to serve the loved ones around you. Have you ever wondered why all airlines ask you to put your oxygen mask on first before you put one on your child? There is a reason for it – you need to look after yourself first, period.
That aircraft safety instruction makes so much sense… of course, as mamas, we would put our own oxygen mask on first to make sure we’re taken care of and in good shape to take care of our babies… but why do we struggle so much to apply this thinking in day-to-day life?
Why do we consistently sacrifice our needs, thinking that putting out loved ones first is better… but actually end up drained, miserable and no better for it?
Let me tell you something – your health and well-being need to be in your top 3 priorities. You need to make healthy eating habits and physical activity part of your life; you need to make time for it. It’s not either or, it’s not a hobby, it’s your responsibility mama.
Healthy lifestyle doesn’t end when you have a child. It’s even more important now than ever, crucial for your physical, emotional and mental sanity. All those wonderful endorphins – happy hormones are released when you are active having tremendous effect on how you feel.
Looking after yourself will help you look better (and that includes fitting in that favorite jeans again!!) but what’s even more important – it will help you feel better, having more energy, more radiance and more joy. It will help you gain your confidence back, being that hot and sexy mama again.
Spending time on your own, having ME time, that little escape when you can clear your head and breathe…for me, every time when I’m back from my run or training session, I feel like a better mother, better wife and a better person. I’m looking at things from a different perspective and I’m ready to face challenges of motherhood again. I’m sure that resonates with you, right?
Your kids watching you looking after yourself will have the best mama role model, you will be the strong foundation for the entire family. So mama wait no longer, do something for yourself today, make yourself a priority and be:
It’s time to stop putting everyone else first.
It’s your turn to look and feel fabulous !
You are worth having the body you want, you are worth doing the things you love, you are worth living the life you want, you are worth being the best version of yourself. Don’t wait for the perfect moment mama, you only have one life, start living it to the fullest Now.
Be Fit, Be Healthy, Be Happy.