If you’re a busy mom, you know that it can be hard to find time for yourself. Taking care of kids, commuting, chores, errands and work can leave you feeling rushed and depleted at the same time.
How Can I Make Time For Me?
Some of the very things that can help alleviate the symptoms of a too-busy lifestyle can get put on the back burner because you feel that you don't have the time and energy for them. Here are three things that you should make time for:
1. Meal Planning
Sitting down to plan meals may feel time-consuming, but it can actually save you lots of time and stress. Creating a menu one or even two weeks at a time can eliminate extra trips to the store, and solve the "what's for dinner" question.
Another benefit to meal planning is that it helps you save money. When you don't have to scramble for dinner at the last minute, you are less likely to spend money on fast food. Also, less trips to the store will cut down on your grocery bill.
2. Time To Relax
We live in a culture that values being busy. Many people fall into the trap of thinking that being busy equals being productive but that just isn't the case. Setting time aside to relax or play is essential to well-being and balance. Here are some tips for getting in some "me" time and play time with family:
3. Time For Exercise
Exercise isn't just about losing weight or having toned abs. Regular physical activity is essential for overall well-being.
Getting exercise on a regular basis keeps stress levels down, improves mood and increases your energy levels. It also promotes quality sleep and a healthy immune system. Even 15 minutes a day of exercise can make a huge difference.
If you want to get healthy and fit, but don't know where to start, a personal trainer can help. Ralph Roberts is a personal trainer at the Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo. He can create a personalized fitness plan just for you.
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