Hey Moms; It’s Time to Put YOU on the List!
“To Do” lists
Most people have them. Whether the list is kept in your ICloud, laptop, purse calendar or handwritten on sticky notes; “To Do” lists are utilized all around the world as reminders of what needs to get done on. We write out appointments, kids’ sporting events, shopping lists, reminders for phone calls, housework, and impending projects.
What’s missing from many lists? YOU Especially if you are a Mom!
Before anyone gets offended, read through these comments. Perhaps you have said them lately?
- “I have no time to exercise”
- “I am too busy to eat breakfast because I am trying to get the kids fed and out the door”
- “I’m too busy and tired to read, do yoga, meditate, exercise or go out with friends”
- “My sneakers are too old, I need new ones before I exercise”
- “My husband has no problem leaving for an hour to exercise or go out with friends, but I have so much to do and feel bad leaving the house”
These aren’t the only ‘excuses’ people believe to be true. There are many others a Mom might express on a daily basis. Last week we kept count of people saying comments like these and counted at least 10 people a day between clients, patients, colleagues and spectators at sporting events. Many of the Moms we listened to were venting or CRYING about this – yet the idea of putting themselves on the “To Do” list was absurd. And, what baffles me most is the fact that their kids’ appointments, sporting events, and new sneakers are never put on the bottom of the list.
Happy Mom, Happy House
There is usually not a list without someone’s activities; yet a Mom’s need to go for a walk, meditate, go to the gym, read a book or laugh with friends is not just on the bottom of the list – it is typically not on the list. These things are imperative to maintain health.
*Newsflash* A house without a healthy Mom is a house that will not run properly. There is no “She always puts herself last” badge you will receive. It is not only ok to put yourself on the list ~ unfortunately not putting YOU on the list actually makes you more tired, more anxious and depressed, have higher blood pressure and weight, and have less patience for the millions of things on the list. This leads to a high cortisol level – low libido – and medications to “treat” the conditions listed.
Attention Moms: It is time to put you on the list! TODAY – not tomorrow or “once school gets out” or “once I get a new job” and definitely not “when I am less tired”. Talk with your partner and kids. Talk to your colleagues. Make a plan, put yourself on the list and as Nike says ‘JUST DO IT’.
Live 4 Better Health ~ TODAY.