Happy Valentine’s Day momma! Many think of this as a day to celebrate your “sweetheart” – but why not celebrate YOU as well!? Do something today to spoil yourself. Go workout. Take a hot bath. Maybe even sneak a piece of chocolate (full of antioxidants, right?)
When you take care of yourself, you show up better for others.
We all know it, we just don’t all do it. Maybe there aren’t enough hours in a day… and you’re constantly putting yourself last. Maybe you work outside of the home and feel guilty leaving the kids to go to the gym at night. Maybe you don’t have childcare. No matter the reason, convince yourself that “you are worth it” and try to find a couple hours per week (or more!) to focus on yourself. If there is a will, there’s a way.
And do NOT let guilt creep in! It is OKAY to take care of yourself & prioritize your own personal well being. In an article titled, Why its not selfish to take care of yourself, the authors state their research findings… the more time working mothers spent taking care of themselves, the better were the emotional and physical health of their children.
In case you need some more convincing, here are some thoughts from some fit moms around Columbus….
“As a working mom, I understand the challenge of balancing family, kids, work, healthy eating and exercise. I feel most capable of this balancing act when I make my health a priority.” – Sara W, RISE Fitness Community Trainer & Run Coach
“I show up for myself every day and I come work out here because I want to show my two sons that girls are strong. I feel like moms all the time put themselves last on the priority list so my thoughts are, you need to put yourself at the top because every day I show up… I give myself one hour just for me, just to get stronger and because that makes me better, then I’m a better mom. When you have people to take care of, it’s important that you take care of yourself.” -Gretchen, co-owner of System of Strength
“I wake up early to get in some ME time. As a mom, its super important to take care of YOU. You can’t give from an empty cup.” @Fit4momDublin
So how can we add more “me” time into our routines?
First, figure out what recharges you. Hot Yoga? Group run chats? Reading one book per month like @wanderlustontherun? Think about what you can do that both fills you up and makes you a healthier version of yourself. Then make time to do more of those things.
Next, schedule it! Get those weekly pamperings on the calendar so you can make them happen! Some ideas to get you started…
- Become a morning person and do the workout before the kids get up (read our previous morning posts Rise & Run and Conquer that early morning workout).
- Take the bath after the kids are in bed. Maybe with a book, a glass of wine or maybe you just close your eyes and relax.
- Enlist a buddy you can swap play dates with – they watch them while you #selfcare and then you switch!
- Find a gym or fitness studio that has childcare – The Dublin Rec Center, Barre 3 in Powell & RISE! Fitness Community in UA are some, just to name a few.
- Incorporate your littles into your workout… if you have the patience. 🙂
- Check out a Fit 4 Mom workout, and in the process, meet a whole community of other fit-minded mommas like you!
- Stroller pushing will make you that much stronger
- Do some yoga with your little one(s)
- As they get older, kids can run with you! Check out the RRCA suggestions on strategies and distances for youth running.
Your kids (and family and co-workers and friends and any other human in your life) need you to be the best version of yourself. So make time to take care of that self.
You deserve it.