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This guest post comes courtesy of our partner, FIT4MOM, whose mission is to bring exercise and support to moms all around the country.
As moms, when it comes to empowering ourselves, investing in “me time” often gets swept under the rug, as we feel we don’t have enough time, energy, or resources to commit to ourselves. But the issue with our lack of obligation to our own well-being, is we can quickly get burnt out and overwhelmed. We know you hear it all the time, but it’s the truth…you can’t take care of others if you don’t take care of Mama, too. So, as you’re sitting here reading this, taking time for YOU (look at that little slice of self-care; good job, Mama!), we want you to learn (or be reminded) of some simple tips and tools to start implementing into your week that can minimize your #mombrain and fill up your cup, your spirit, and your daily life.
1. Invest in “me time” – even if it just means going for a quiet walk or listening to your favorite music, in peace. “Who has time for that?!” you say. I get it. I’m a single mama, so really have to be cognizant of exactly when I have free time, even if it’s just five minutes. Set an alarm to wake up before your little(s), sneak it in at nap time, your lunch break, or try to leave work 10 minutes earlier than normal. Those little moments (and minutes) can really add up, and you can sneak little, productive habits into your day.
2. Ask yourself these questions: What has to get done today? What can wait until tomorrow? Make a list of priorities for you to accomplish each day and each week.
3. Keep a calendar that clearly lists any of your kids’ extracurricular activities, your work meetings, school performances, birthdays, special events or celebrations, etc…. Stay organized and make sure your whole family knows what is going on, when.
4. Know that it is more than okay to say no, and feel comfortable saying the dirty little two-letter word. More. Saying no to situations that may cause you extreme stress or make you uneasy, is a form of self-care. While it’s important to say yes to some things you normally wouldn’t, you don’t always have to. Save your sanity by saying no to things that don’t serve your being, your soul, your family, or your life. You deserve to set emotional boundaries, and doing so is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, because it helps bring peace and clarity into your life and your routine.
By providing classes and support for moms in every stage of motherhood, FIT4MOM is dedicated to the Strength In Motherhood™. Through FIT4BABY’s prenatal fitness classes, Stroller Strides, Body Back, and Our Village, women have the opportunity to have a workout and support that is flexible around motherhood. Find your nearest FIT4MOM location here. Check out their Instagram @fit_4_mom here and follow Shelley Hopper on Instagram @saltysweetseasons here.
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