Mothers: the New Martyrs

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Most of us associate motherhood with martyrdom. Sadly, we think that self-care is selfish. But it is not. On the contrary, it is essential in carrying out our duties as parents.

Some of us know that self-care is essential. But we argue that we do not have the time to take care of ourselves. We must juggle our family life and our careers. Before continuing with your day, let us discuss ways to incorporate a healthier lifestyle even in your busy schedule.

It is an excellent time to take a breather, grab a mug of green tea and pay close attention to this article. Allow us to help you make this transition. Together, we can change lives. Here is how:

Healthcare

Just like most mothers, you probably put your health on the back burner. But this should not be the case because it will lead to grave complications. Remember that this will not only affect you. But it will also hurt your kids’ lives.

We highly suggest going through an annual female physical exam. Before you argue that you do not have the time for this, remember that going through this will save you from lengthy doctor’s appointments in the future. Thus, you are saving time and money.

Undergoing this will give you a fighting chance against preventable deaths such as cancer. According to the government, cancer is the second leading cause of death among Americans. Going through annual physical exams will help detect cancer cells. Thus, you can start treatment for the disease.

It is also an excellent time to tell your doctor about the aches that you have been ignoring. Again, our goal is to avoid complications that will take your precious time away from your children. Consulting your doctor on such things might prevent the illness from spreading to the rest of the family.

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Chores

One of the things that eat up a lot of time is household chores. Instead of being wary about doing this, why don’t you get your children to help you? It can become an opportunity to bond with them. It will also teach them essential life tricks that will serve them once they are out of the house.

We encourage parents to make this an opportunity for their kids to go offline. Consider limiting your kids’ exposure to social media, especially after its numerous harmful effects on our health. Household chores can be a great substitute.

If your household comprises young kids, you might want to ask them to help you prepare the ingredients. They can beat eggs or sprinkle salt. But if you have teenagers in your home, you can ask them to cut vegetables with a knife. Or perhaps, they can take the lead in frying.

You can also ask for their help during weekends. They can assist you in tending the garden. This activity is doable for all ages. But before you engage in such a task, you must spray on insect repellent lotion and sunscreen. You are now ready for the excursion.

Yoga

According to the Australian government, sitting is the new smoking. Living a sedentary life can cause several health issues. But most parents say that they do not have the time to go to the gym. Some of them even add that they do not feel comfortable in crowded areas.

It is why we recommend doing yoga. It does not require a lot of space or equipment. What is even better about yoga is that you can insert it in the middle of the day. Instead of aimlessly scrolling through your social media account, why don’t you take this time to do yoga?

If you are doing this during your lunch break, you might want to try these positions. We specifically picked them because they can calm you down. They can also help ease back pain.

  • Mountain Pose – You are technically standing in this pose. But instead of thinking of your numerous responsibilities, you focus on the present time. Doing this will help you calm down.
  • Downward-Facing Dog – Once you are calm, you can proceed to this next position. After facing your laptop for several hours, this will relieve back pain. But we discourage you from doing this if you are in the last trimester of your pregnancy.

These are minor lifestyle changes that can make a colossal impact on your life. By incorporating them into your daily habit, you might not feel disconcerted. Take that leap of faith. After all, this will help you become a better mother.

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