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Prioritizing Health and Wellness as a Working Mom

Which working mom are you? The one that wakes early to make sure that the kids are taken care of, runs out the door each morning to make it to work on time, and then returns home to your family? Or are you the one that sits down at your desk each morning at home, works remotely, always tries to focus on your workload, and then makes sure that you’re “off work” when it’s time to transition back to your home life?

No matter which type of working mom you identify with, you know that one of the first things that ends up at the bottom of your priority list is personal health and wellness. Do you feel like you need a few more hours in the day to take care of yourself the way that you know you should? I get it because I have been both types of working mom. Here are some practical tips to help you put your health and wellness first so that you can feel your best.

First, establish a routine that includes time for self-care. This might seem difficult with a busy schedule, but even small daily habits can make a big difference. Start with setting a regular sleep schedule to ensure you get adequate rest. Incorporate short, regular exercise sessions into your day, whether it's a 10 to 20-minute walk while on your break or quick home workout. Exercise not only boosts physical health but also improves mental clarity and reduces stress.

Second, plan and prepare meals that will fuel you. Meal planning can save time and ensure you and your family are eating healthy. Consider preparing meals in advance on weekends or using a slow cooker for easy weeknight dinners. Keep healthy snacks like fruits, nuts, yogurt, or a meal-replacement protein shake on hand to avoid the temptation of junk food. Staying hydrated is also essential, so make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day – I highly recommend a cute cup that makes you smile when you take a sip!

Lastly, don't hesitate to seek support. Whether it's delegating household chores, asking a partner or family member for help, or connecting with other working moms for advice and emotional support, having a strong support system is vital.

Remember that taking time for yourself isn't selfish—it's necessary for maintaining your health and being the best mom and professional you can be. Prioritizing your health and wellness will help you navigate the challenges of being a working mom with resilience and grace, so that you can truly look forward to enjoying your family when you’re not working!

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