It’s Time to Make Time for YOU!
Whether you are a stay at home mom, a full time working mom, have round the clock help, or do it all by yourself, the word “MOM” is synonymous with BUSY. Not many can argue that fact. Being a mom means being busy. Plain and simple.
Every stage of our children’s lives present us with challenges and constant decisions; Breast vs. bottle, diaper rash, ear infections, play groups, doctors’ appointments, solid foods, crawlers, walkers, talkers, terrible twos & threenagers, pre-school options, riding the bus, school plays, little league games, first dates, and college applications. The list goes on and (ugh) on. Here are some well-knowns about those challenges that most mothers can agree upon:
- They are physically draining
- They are mentally draining
- They consume our thoughts
- They stress us out
- They are constantly changing
- They never end
- They take up So. Much. Time.
Riddle me this: Out of all the hours in the day that you spend doing, or planning things for your kids….how much of that time goes back to you? Now I’m not talking about sleep (Is that even a thing?) or the occasional date night or girls night out or that one time you were able to attend book club but basically hid in the back because when were you supposed to have time to read a book? No, I’m talking about time actually devoted to MOM. Mom’s health, Moms wellbeing, Moms strength and stamina?
Making the time to exercise should take priority over your kids. Really. Ever wonder why on an airplane they say “In case of an emergency put your oxygen mask on first, then help your kids and others?” It sounds selfish right? Wrong. If you are not well enough to care for yourself….how will you be well enough to care for others? No doubt in my mind that my first instinct would be to put that mask on my two little boys. But then what have I done? I can’t be out of commission and not there for them. I NEED to be there for them. NOT being there is my absolute worst nightmare. Think of your health the same way. If you don’t exercise, if you don’t have the physical health, strength, and stamina to be there for your kids, one day your body will catch up with you and all the demand you place upon it. Health concerns for women are a very real thing that we shouldn’t be turning a blind eye to. Heart disease, high blood pressure, depression, osteoporosis, obesity, diabetes, and the list goes on. So many have the frightening ability to stop us in our tracks. Then what? I can’t even bring myself to think of the “Then what” possibility. So exercise is my guilt free priority. There are certainly other factors that can play a big role in the development of health issues but I am taking control of those I can. Not just for me. But for my kids. Take control of YOU. When one day seems shorter than the next and you can’t possibly think about fitting in ANY exercise time for you and the weeks are flying by and the excuses are running hot…remember this one quote:
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” – Benjamin Franklin
– Sarah C., Exercise Physiologist at DHAC