Being a stay-at-home mom is a full-time job. We need to take care of the kids, cook healthy meals, and keep the house tidied. For those of us with remote jobs, we even manage to squeeze in a few hours of work every day.
With all of this on our plates, laziness is bound to hit from time to time. How do you stop yourself from having a complete mental breakdown? The answer lies in mastering the art of counteracting laziness. Yes, we know how it sounds, but don’t roll your eyes until you’ve read (and tried) these tips for beating mom fatigue!
Let’s dive in.
As working mothers, we don’t always put ourselves first (seems kind of impossible, right?). However, there are ways to prioritize our health and understand what our bodies needs.
For instance, educating yourself on how your body responds to certain nutrients, activities, or emotions can be a game-changer towards improving your overall well-being. Keeping track of your body’s ailments over time with a qualified physician employing an EHR (electronic health records) service allows you to keep your general health in check with routine visits.
A nutritionist can give you personally tailored advice on how to navigate the complexities of finding high-quality foods in grocery aisles, and devise a diet plan that uniquely benefits you. And, finding a trustworthy psychologist could give you the space to vent your frustrations about the workplace and any other gripes with your current situation; they could teach you how to mentally cope with Nancy’s constant whining about everyone’s supposedly terrible ideas.
While the benefits of overhauling your whole diet and lifestyle can be enormous, it doesn’t always represent a feasible solution. At the end of the day, time and money are two factors that force most office workers to settle for a diet that features tasteless ramen noodles and crusty Big Macs instead of Whole Foods’ finest selection of fresh-cut veggies and exquisite A5 Wagyu beef.
Focusing on changing small aspects in your day-to-day life might be a practical solution; you have no idea how much damage sitting all day can do to the body. Whether you’re watching the kids or cleaning out your company’s overloaded database, you need to find ways to move around.
Here are a couple of habits you can establish throughout your workdays that don’t use up much time, money, or effort:
- Take the kids out for afternoon walks (make this a part of your everyday routine)
- Set up a stand-up desk or swap out your chair for an exercise ball.
- Set a timer to stretch those slouched back muscles every now and then (the kids will love to join!).
- Exercise during your lunch breaks – an underrated practice.
- Practicing a set number of push-ups or sit-ups every hour.
Working out is always better with a partner, so why not find someone to exercise with?
It’s best to find someone who thinks like you and shares the same goals. This will be an excellent source of motivation through constant encouragement and a little gamesmanship. Finding someone who is just as committed to the cause as you are might be slightly difficult, but there is no better feeling than improving your overall quality of life together through consistent training and smart nutrition.
If you’re a stay-at-home mom, consider a virtual workout session with your best friend. Or, if you’re married, have your husband take care of the kids while you join that Zumba class at the gym.
Investing in your body and paying attention to the finer details is crucial towards living a long and healthy life. With these tweaks to your lifestyle, you’ll be able to give more to your family. After all, you can’t pour from an empty cup!