Moms do it all. They manage houses, they sooth wounded knees, they kiss any pain away, and they cuddle all nightmares away. If you ask any mom if they still have any time to themselves, you would probably hear most them say that they don’t have any left to pamper themselves.
With busy schedules that a lot of mom handle, especially for working moms, it would be very impossible to find a free weekend all to themselves. Most moms still have to manage their households in the weekend. If you are a mom, then you would experience the same busy weekends as other moms. But, you should also give time to yourself. A 10 or 20 minute off your busy schedule is all that it takes to give yourself some relax time. Here’s how:
- Allow yourself to waste time. Multitasking is something that busy moms are very familiar with. One hand is busy carrying a baby, and the other is busy checking off each item on the grocery list. But, moms, you are also allowed to waste some time all to yourself. Try to insert this 10-minute or 20-minute of “wasted” time in your busy daily schedule and mark it as “ME TIME”. You can do whatever you want in this 20 minutes. You can read your favorite magazine, eat your favorite dessert, or have a very nice bubble bath. The most important thing is that you do whatever makes you happy and relaxed.
- Call your person. The allotted weekly me time of 10 or 20 minutes would not be a lot of time to meet your most favorite person for a cup of tea or coffee. But, it will give you time to speak to him or her over the phone and just catch up. Talk about the things that you both like. Try to avoid talking about house chores, kid sports, or any activity that your kids are doing. Make this time about you and your friendship. Use this time to connect or reconnect.
- Have a foot massage or get a new Mani-Pedi. There are a lot of places in the malls or private salons that offer a 10 or 20-minute foot massage. The same time can also be used to having new manicures and pedicures. To do this, find that one salon that is nearest you. If you have a favorite salon, then you should go have your me time there.
- Get bubbly. You should make this a weekly routine to have a bubble bath. This is not only relaxing, but very rejuvenating. If you are having a busy week, adding a bubble bath to your weekly routine would make you feel awesome. If you can, add this to your daily routine. It would not hurt to have a bubble bath before you say goodnight and get your good night’s rest.
It is very important that moms also give time to themselves. Not only are you busy managing your own careers, but also busy managing your family’s daily routine. A 10 or 20-minute of me time will really help you relax, reenergize, and rejuvenate yourselves.
“Breastfeeding is best for babies up to two years”. This ad would be very familiar to you if you are a breastfeeding mom. You will also notice this advertisement on baby formulas on television. The reason why breastfeeding is best for babies is because it will ensure the best health and best developmental outcomes for them.
Breastfeeding is nutritionally demanding for both moms and babies. They both require more calorie and nutrients than the usual; and for moms, you need more than the usual calorie you take in the last trimester of your pregnancy. The calorie and nutrient intake need to be increased when breastfeeding to meet the nutrient requirement you need and what the baby needs. This means eating the right food for moms. With this in mind, here is a list of food that you can eat to set the stage for a lifelong and healthy eating pattern for you and your baby.
- Eating avocado is good for you and your baby. It is rich in fiber, potassium, and mono-unsaturated fat, which is needed to absorb certain vitamins like Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K. These vitamins are essential for the growth of your baby and for their brain development.
- Pumpkin Seeds. Pumpkin seeds, also known as Pepitas, are a good source of fiber, protein, and most especially, iron. Iron is needed for proper development of nerve cells in babies. It is also essential in developing the brain and their specialization. In addition, iron is good for both mom and babies as they regulate the production of blood in the body. An ounce of pumpkin said on a daily basis would be enough to regulate the needed amount of iron for moms and babies.
- Sweet Potatoes. This food is a good source of Vitamin A, potassium, and carotenoids. Vitamin A is essential for bone growth, immunity, cell specialization, and vision development. During pregnancy, even when you are taking more than enough Vitamin A for you and your growing child, your baby can only absorb and store so much of this Vitamin. This is why you still have to continue taking more than enough Vitamin A to sustain the growth and development of your child. One medium sweet potato can help you achieve this.
- Yogurt. Yogurt is good for dessert and for snacks. It is best for breastfeeding moms as it is reach of protein, calcium, and probiotics. Calcium is essential for strengthening your baby’s teeth and bones. It is also needed for different bodily functions like muscle contraction and nerve functions. For mothers, high intake of calcium is important as you lose 300 to 400 milligrams of calcium on a daily basis because of breastfeeding. Thus, it is very essential that you eat different varieties of food that are rich in calcium. A small yogurt (eight ounces) has over 400 milligrams of calcium. This is why, it is recommended that you make it a habit of having a yogurt snack in a day. You can pair calcium-rich food with food rich with Vitamin D. This will increase absorption of necessary vitamins and minerals while breastfeeding. Some food rich with Vitamin D are tun, salmon, sardines, and fortified orange juice. When eating yogurt, you may avoid eating it together with spinach, collards, beans and sweet potatoes as they compete with calcium in body absorption.
- Garbanzo Beans. This is commonly known as chickpeas. This food is a good source of Vitamin B-6, fiber, and protein. Vitamin B-6 is essential for your baby’s cognitive development, hemoglobin production, and in your baby’s immunity. Half a cup of chickpeas a day will provide you more than half of the recommended amount of this nutrient needed in breastfeeding.
One of the many things that every working mom may face at work or at home is time management. It is also important to know that everyone around cannot do everything done in a single timetable. If you are already used to doing a “To-Do List” when you still don’t have a baby, then managing your time now would not be that difficult. You just have to add a few more things on your list to get you organized.
To help you get organized, here are some tips that you may consider following:
- Make use of your lunch breaks. If like everyone else in the working world, you enjoy a one-hour lunch break every work-day, it is recommended that you use this time to accomplish as much as you can on your To-Do List. If you come to think of it, that one-hour lunch break could sum up to five hours of free time from Monday to Friday without your kids around. If you have personal tasks that can be done in less than an hour, then you should try doing it on your lunch break.
- Make use of technology. With the presence of technology in every day life routine, it would be very convenient of you have technology on your side. One of the many things that you can do to take advantage of technology is make use of free mobile applications that you can use to remind yourself of any pending tasks that need your attention. Mobile apps like Evernote or Wunderlist are very helpful with this. You can say goodbye to sticky notes when you have this on your mobile phone. You can also make use of cloud servers like Google Drive to save your coupons. Who doesn’t like discount coupons, right?
- Plan your next day. It may sound so tedious doing this especially after juggling different tasks from work and at home but doing so will help you organize your time better. If you already have a plan in mind, it will be easier for you to go on with your day knowing all the things that need to be done – urgent or not. Also, if you are able to pack lunches for your husband, children, and yourself the night before, your mornings would be so much easier. You won’t feel the need to rush and get things done quickly.
- Don’t be afraid to delegate. You are not superwoman or wonder woman who can get things done in the speed of light. Thus, delegating some task would be very helpful to you. You can make a To-Do List for the entire family. You can make this your routine so everyone will make it a habit of checking the To-Do List made by you. This can be very helpful, especially on the weekends when you have a lot of cleaning and organizing to do. If your children are old enough to make their beds and clean their room, you can make them so. One tip that is very useful is changing the Wi-Fi password and only giving it to them once their tasks are done. Awesome, right?
- Learn to let go. You have to remember that you can only do so much in a day in a given time. Learn to let go. It is always possible that the things you need to do can’t be done on a certain time that you have scheduled it. You can always add it on your next To-Do List and make it a priority over other tasks.