As a mom of three, it’s so easy for me to get burned out between my responsibilities at work and at home.
It’s taken me a long time to realize that being able to put my best wedge-wearing foot forward means making choices for myself—that give me time to kick back, relax, and recharge. Call it the “oxygen mask” theory: The only way you can be an effective professional, parent, and person is to make taking care of yourself a priority. Easier said than done, I know, but here are a few ideas to help you take a few steps to creating better balance in your life.
Take care of the basics
Never underestimate the power of three square meals a day and eight hours of sleep a night.
Although my exercise routine is less intense when I’m pregnant, I still make it a priority to get up and get going. I make sure to get at least 7,500 steps a day five days a week. If I can’t get my steps in, I try and do a few laps in the pool to still get a little bit of movement in my day. Also, feeling weightless is pretty nice right now! I also do gentle yoga a few times a week, take walks around my neighborhood each morning with Eric, and am constantly running after my five- and six-year-old.
Make “friend” dates
I firmly believe that staying connected with your friends keeps you happy and healthy. Once a week I make it a priority to get together with someone outside of my house, whether it’s meeting up after school drop-off in the morning, grabbing lunch with a group of friends in the afternoon, or binge-watching some chick flicks with friends (my favorite of all time: Hope Floats).
Now, that might sound hard if you’ve never done it before, but believe me when I say it’s as simple as sitting still, emptying your mind of those nagging mental to-do lists, and focusing on one thing (an image in your mind, a mantra, the light of a single candle). I love using the Calm app
to help lead us into quick meditations.
Ask for help when you need it
This one is especially for the mamas out there: Remember that you’re not an island, so when you need a hand, ask for it—from your partner, family, or friends. No one gets an award for doing everything on their own.