If you’re anything like me, you spend so much time taking care of your child or children that you reach the end of the day exhausted and wonder where your day went.
While this does make the days just seem fly by, it can also lead to us as mothers not taking care of our bodies like we need to. This can lead to fatigue, burnout, or even depression.
Being a mom can be hard, and when we don’t take good care of our own health, it can be harder to care for those we love.
Don’t worry, there are some simple steps you can take to support your health in the midst of all the chaos.
Today I will show you 10 things you can do to stay healthy as a stay-at-home mom.
1. Eat actual meals
Believe it or not, actually eating food helps your body run better.
If all you’re surviving on is that half cup of coffee you drank before it got cold because you were chasing a toddler, no wonder you feel exhausted.
Sitting down and eating a meal that contains a healthy balance of proteins, fats, and carbs can keep your body going through anything the day might throw at you.
Don’t over complicate your food, either. Simple meals
can be easier on you and just as nourishing for your family.
2. Stay hydrated
While coffee or energy drinks may appear to predominantly contain water, they have the opposite effect once they enter your body.
The caffeine in them acts as a diuretic that your body then processes and sends out. They may quench your thirst at the moment, but when they are your primary liquids, they can actually dehydrate you.
By drinking water you can keep your body hydrated, which can lead to you having more energy.
If you don’t like drinking water because you find it hard to drink it plain, consider adding some fruit or essential oils to liven it up.
3. Get enough sleep
I saw this study once that said if you don’t get enough sleep, you can actually act quite similarly to how you would act if you were drunk.
No one wants that. Getting enough sleep can both improve your daily life as well as your health. Your present and future selves will thank you.
I know, this is easy said than done, especially when you have small children to take care of, but prioritizing sleep can help you better take care of your family.
While it might seem to make more sense to stay up late to get more things done, using that time to sleep could potential make you more productive during the day by making you more alert.
4. Make nutritious meals
Just like making sure to actually eat throughout the day, the quality of what you eat matters.
Some potato chips and a bowl of cereal and milk may count as “actual” meals some days, but they’re not really providing your body with what it needs.
Incorporating less-processed foods including meat, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products (that aren’t laden with sugar) into your meals can help your body heal itself and function better overall.
Does shopping for and cooking healthy meals from scratch sound overwhelming? Check out my post on how to simplify your grocery list.
5. Get moving
Humans weren’t designed to be couch potatoes. They were designed to move throughout the day to accomplish their daily tasks.
While some of your tasks may not require much movement, there are plenty of ways to incorporate getting active into your daily routine.
These include: walking in place or doing squats while washing dishes, playing with your children, walking up and down stairs to do laundry, and walking to your mailbox to get the mail.
6. Work standing up
If you do happen to have a part-time work at home job, you’ll probably end up sitting a lot.
By doing some of your work standing up, you can keep yourself from staying in the same position all day.
This can lead to better posture and better circulation
. While you don’t need to stand all day long (goodness knows you’re probably on your feet enough as a stay-at-home mom), working while standing can be beneficial to your health.
While I wouldn’t necessarily go from sitting to standing all day, every day, standing during some of your tasks can help you keep moving.
7. Spend time outside
Whether you’re right outside in your yard or you go to a park for a play date, spending time outside can be a great way to get some fresh air and to take a break from the house.
There are so many things that children can find to play with outside. All they need is a little free rein and some imagination. Suddenly rocks and sticks become money or spoons.
When you spend time outside with your kids, you can all see the world in a new light. Simply taking them outside of the confines of your home can cure boredom.
By playing with your kids and participating in their imaginative antics, you can get your body moving and get some fresh air.
Even if you’re pregnant and exhausted, going outside for some fresh air can can be really good for both your physical and mental wellbeing.
8. Take a walk
One of my favorite ways to spend time outside is to go on a walk. We have a short trail on the opposite end of our (tiny) town, so my son and I walk across town and on the trail almost every week day.
So far we’ve just been doing this over the summer as he was a tiny newborn last winter, but I’m hoping to continue it as the weather gets colder.
Don’t let the changes in weather stop your walks. As long as you and your kids are bundled appropriately for the weather, taking a walk can be good for all of you. Plus, your kids can explore while running off some of their energy.
9. Rest when you need to
When you’re trying to keep your body moving and healthy, you also want to make sure that you don’t push yourself too hard. Doing so can undo all the good you’ve already done.
If you feel yourself getting exhausted by lots of activity, take a look at what is actually necessary and what is pushing you over the edge. By cutting back on extraneous things, you’ll have more energy to focus on what matters.
Whether you’re pregnant, have a chronic illness or hormonal imbalance, or you’re just exhausted in general, don’t be afraid to give yourself a break every so often.
Even if this means you sit your children down with a movie or activity you wouldn’t normally let them do (within reason!), make sure you’re getting the breaks you need.
10. Don’t sweat the small stuff
I know what you’re thinking. That’s easy for her to say. I can’t do all these “healthy” things. I have bigger problems to do with.
You’re right. I don’t know what you’re going through.
But I do know that if you let the little things that pop up daily keep you weighed down, you won’t be able to focus on taking care of your body.
If your daily life is weighing you down or you simply don’t have the energy to think about yourself, start small.
You don’t have to change everything at once. Change one thing, then move to the next.
Keep doing things and eventually you’ll be able to look back and see all the progress you’ve made. Your body and mind will thank you.
How do you make time to keep yourself healthy as a stay-at-home mom?