My first born has recently turned one. What a year it has been. I have learnt a lot about myself. A LOT! My changing postpartum body, balancing life as a mum, wife, business owner whilst trying to be the fittest and healthiest I can. I honestly don’t know how us mums do it. Some days can be chaotic and I feel like defeated. How can we be fit and healthy whilst getting the groceries, laundry, house work done while going to work, preparing meals (for the whole family), be present, still have a relationship with the hubby, workout, sleep 7 hours a night.. far out it seems impossible. And it is impossible to succeed at everyone of these tasks (unless your a freak of nature super mum). But I want to share with you today a few things that have helped my mindset / sanity over the past year.
It Is Seasonal
We need to remember that what we are going through now is not set in stone, it is seasonal. Our little ones wont be little forever. One day all the worry I have now will change into new worry when Koa goes to school. We must soak up and be grateful for exactly where we are in life right this moment as it will never be the same again. So think about what you worry is and ask yourself.. will it matter in 5mins? Will it matter in 1 hour? Will it matter in 5 days? Will it matter in 5 years?
Do what you can in this moment, in this day and in this week that will nourish your body to make you a more healthier, happier, more energised mum. Because in 6 months time, your situation might change again, but your healthy habits don’t have to. Life may be seasonal but being and staying healthy can be set in stone.
Change Your Expectations
As a business owner, I have a long to do list. I love planning and organising. I love having a routine. And what has tested this is having a baby. How have I overcome (still working on it by the way) being so structured to being more content with getting less done? I prioritise. This includes my training. I write down what absolutely has to get done today. So instead of being bombarded with an endless to do list I pick 3 things. If I get more done bonus. Working out or moving my body is normally on this list. It can be as simple as walking the dog or walking Koa to the park or beach. It doesn’t have to be a 5km run. If you shift your expectations like this then you can avoid feelings of overwhelm and defeat.
Its Ok To Have “Off” Days
If I am emotional, overwhelmed or just having an off day then even though it might be the last thing I want to do, I get moving! I go to the gym or go for a walk. I sweat. I breathe deep. I switch off. This is my time. And I remind myself that I am human and I am going to have off days but I don’t have to stay “off” I have the power to move on and this can be as easy as working out.
Remember, as mums we lead chaotic lives that chop and change as our kids grow. But that doesn’t mean we cant have a constant in health and fitness. It will make us more energised, more confident, less stressed, less prone to burn out and illness. We owe it to ourselves to put ourselves first so we can be happy and healthy enough to look after our family.
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