Busy Moms are you Following the 30-30-30-30 Rule?
By Stella Ryne
It’s possible even for busy moms to maintain balance in their lives despite the fact they need to juggle between their family and their career. The key is to know when to put yourself first and make decisions that will help you lead a joyful, fulfilling life with as less stress as possible. Here are the self-care things you should introduce to your life if you are a busy mum.
Get enough sleep
It’s easy for busy mums to get carried away with everyday obligations and decide to cut on sleeping in order to get more things done before the kids get up. You should forget about this strategy and give your body the eight-hour sleep it needs. Studies have shown that people who sleep only six hours or less increase the risk of depression, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, as well as gain weight. In order to sleep more easily in the evening, don’t start emotional discussions before going to bed or drink stimulants such as alcohol and nicotine.
Make your 30-30-30-30-rule list
Many busy moms feel guilty when they take the time to pamper themselves. To avoid this irrational feeling (because you DO deserve some “me” time), make a list of your to-do’s and assign 30 minutes do each of those tasks. For example, assign 30 minutes in a day to actively listen to your kids, 30 minutes to communicate and connect with your partner and 30 minutes to do the necessary things for the next day. When you assign 30 minutes for your “me” time, you won’t feel bad at all and you will make the most of it.
Maintain a healthy diet
A healthy diet will fuel your body, so, as a busy mum, you need high-quality food and drink. It’s normal to take care of your children’s diet, but don’t neglect yourself – you need to be a good role model to them. So, what are the healthy habits you should form? Buy organic products more often and cook from scratch whenever you can. Have healthy snacks ready for in between the meals, especially when you’re at work. When you don’t have the time to prepare every healthy snack, resort to quicker nutritive options like True Protein which is basically protein powder that you can use to have a shake on the go. Proteins make you feel full for a long time, which is what a busy mum needs. Next, replace soda with water to keep your body well-hydrated. Lastly, never let yourself run out of fruit and vegetables.
Be active every day
This doesn’t refer to the house chores or running to catch the bus. You need to have a physical activity that you enjoy doing and that motivates you to do it regularly. Exercise will reduce your stress level and help you fight the anxiety, improve your mood and help you maintain a healthy weight. Try to be active at least 30 minutes a day and slowly extend the workout time. If you can’t squeeze it into your busy schedule, try to make regular activities more fun. For example, have a dancing night with your kids, go swimming with them at weekends or go for a family bike ride around the neighborhood.
Make your “relaxation corner” in the bedroom
To make self-care easier, have a corner in your bedroom completely adapted to your needs. Find a comfy chair and surround yourself with things that relax you, such as scented candles, a good book, your personal diary, essential oils. It has to be a place that quickly gives you what you need and makes you forget about your role of a busy mom for at least 15-30 minutes.
All in all
Being a busy mum is a challenge, but it can be successfully dealt with if you realize that your needs are as important as anybody else’s. The moment you start taking care of yourself, you will feel the positive change in you – and so will everybody else.