Welcome back! This is a series on self-care for homeschooling moms and today we’re talking about taking care of your physical health. Let me put your mind at ease. This is not going to be about weight loss or a crazy fad diet.
This is about how to take care of your body for self-care. Because, when you’re physically healthy, you’re more likely to be mentally and emotionally healthy too.
There is a very important link between physical and mental health. If your physical needs are not being met it affects every other aspect of your life.
We’ve all experienced the mental fog and crankiness after 5 hours of sleep.
We’re familiar with the lethargy you feel after eating too much junk food or slacking on your workout routine. When I’m guilty of this, it affects my outlook on life and how I interact with and teach my kids.
In very particular order, (from most to least favorite) let’s talk about sleep, nutrition, and exercise!
For Better Physical Health, Start By Getting Enough Sleep
We all want it. We all need it. So why don’t we give higher priority to getting enough sleep?
Everyone knows that, on average, adults need approximately 7-9 hours of sleep every night. Personally, I prefer the 9-hour end of the spectrum.
So, what gets in the way of spending more time with our pillows?
Too often, we treat sleep like a nuisance to our productivity and not a necessary part of staying healthy. It should not be treated like something that we squeeze in between everything else we need to get done.
Make sleep a higher priority. Over time, it will surprise you at how well it pays off in better moods and increased productivity.
My best advice for getting better sleep is the old saying, “Early to bed and early to rise…”
I know exactly how it feels to get to the end of the day, the kids are in bed and you can FINALLY get to all the things that you didn’t get to earlier in the day. If you’re like me, you try to get those things done and next thing you know, it’s midnight.
Take a little time to relax, set your alarm and then get up early. It’s incredible how much you can get down in the early morning hours when the kids are still asleep and your mind is rested and fresh.
In fact, many of the self-care strategies that we talk about in this series would be great to do in the early morning hours. Self-care is the perfect way to start your day right.
Too often, we treat sleep like a nuisance to our productivity and not a necessary part of staying healthy.Breanne
Eat Foods That Make You Feel Good
Sometimes, I eat chocolate and it makes me feel good.
Most times, I eat chocolate and I regret it afterward.
I don’t feel guilty about the number of calories I’ve consumed, and how that will affect the numbers on the scale. I regret it because, I know, the minute of pleasure I get from eating it is not going to be worth the way it makes me feel afterward.
Usually, it’s a collective thing. The guilt comes after eating too many unhealthy foods, too often. There is a fine art to mastering the balance between choosing a healthy mix of fruits, veggies, grains and proteins with the occasional greasy or sugary treat.
Commit to making healthy choices for just a few days. It might be a struggle, but soon you’ll be so happy with how it makes you feel that you may not even want the unhealthy choices anymore.
Okay, let’s not get carried away here. You’ll still want the chocolate cake. But you will have control over the cake, not the other way around.
Exercise Is About More Than Weight Loss, It’s About Self-Care
There will be no photos of incredibly skinny, muscular women lifting heavy weights in this post. That is not the goal.
When it comes to exercise, I’m talking about a reasonable amount of moderate, steady state cardio. Get your heart rate up. Fast walking, biking, swimming or even vigorous yard work is fantastic.
When you get your heart rate going, the body sends out signals that elevate your mood and give you more energy to use throughout the day. It also strengthens muscles and prevents chronic illnesses that will really make you feel crummy later in life.
So cheers to good health! Start with just one of these areas to improve on for the next week. You’ll be surprised at the difference it makes!
More on physical health for self-care:
- This post from Help Guide has a lot of great insights on the connection between physical and mental health.
- Teach your kids about taking care of their physical bodies too! Check out these human body printables from Living Life and Learning.
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