Everyone Needs A Little Me Time, Including Mothers

For some reason, when many women become mothers they feel as if they don’t have any time to themselves. Not only do they feel like they don’t have any time to themselves, they also feel like they don’t have the right to ask for this time because they are a mother. However, what these women fail to see is that not only do they have the right to have “me time,” but that this time extremely important. Perhaps you are one of these women, if so, keep reading. You’ll learn why you need to set aside your own “me time.”

The first reason that every mother needs her own “me time” is because none of us are Super Woman. It is impossible for us to deal with all of the daily demands placed on us as a wife, mother and woman without giving somewhere. After doing this day in and day out, it’s only natural that we begin to feel burned out. This is generally when we get a little “cranky.” I know you all know what I’m talking about. Therefore, it’s important that you give yourself at least 6 hours every WEEK of “me time.” It will keep you sane.

Not only will “me time” keep you sane, it will also give you time to do whatever it is you enjoy doing. It doesn’t matter if you enjoy reading romance novels, shopping, getting your nails done, going to the movies, cooking, etc. “Me time” is the time you give to yourself every week to do anything you want to do. Why is this important? So many women live life to the fullest before they get married and have kids. They know what things they enjoy doing the most – and they do them. However, when these women get married and have children they don’t have the time to do these things, and eventually, they forget all about the things they used to enjoy and, in a sense, they forget who they were. Giving yourself six hours a week will give you the ability to continue to enjoy all the things in life you enjoyed before kids.

Finally, setting aside “me time” isn’t just for your own benefit, but it’s also for your family’s benefit as well. Once you begin to carve out a little time for yourself every week, you’ll find that you’re in a better mood and less irritable. Your family will enjoy this too. In addition, whether or not you want to admit it, your children, and maybe your husband too, need to learn how to handle things on their own – without you around. Whether you decide to give yourself “me time” an hour every day or 6 hours one day a week, this time away will teach your family how to survive on their own – even if it is just for a little while.

There is one last thing you need to understand about “me time.” Setting time aside for yourself does not make you selfish or a bad mother. Don’t ever let this idea take root in your brain. You need time to yourself so that you can become a better mother. You’ll be more patient and loving as a result. You’ll also be healthier as you won’t be nearly as stressed out. So, do yourself a favor and start taking some “me time!”

Healthy Tips For Busy Mothers

As mothers, the majority of us are more concerned with the health and wellness of our children than we are of our own health. It’s very easy for mothers to overlook their health because of the everyday responsibilities they face. For example, mothers have to make sure that the kids are up, dressed and fed before they head off to school first thing every morning. Then, for many mothers, they are off to work themselves. Once work is finished, it’s time to hurry back home and take the kids to their extracurricular activities, run errands, pick them back up, go home, fix dinner, make sure the kids’ homework gets done, they bathe and brush their teeth and are in bed at a decent hour.

Of course, all of this is excluding the extra stuff like keeping the house clean, doing laundry, paying bills, etc. Now you can probably see why many mothers aren’t concerned with their health. You may be one of these women yourself. If so, then please understand that it’s important for you to stay healthy. After all, if you get sick then who is going to get everything done? Below are some healthy tips that you need to follow to ensure your good health.

Tip #1 – Eat: Obviously, you don’t have a lot of time to eat, but this is essential to staying healthy. Most of us know that we need to eat three meals a day, but do you also know that you should be eating at least two snacks a day as well? This will keep your metabolism going and your energy levels up – so don’t skimp on your food. You should be eating healthy foods too. Things like yogurt, fruit, granola bars and nuts are quick, easy and healthy!

Tip #2 – Drink: Water that is. In addition to eating healthy foods, you need to be drinking water throughout your day. We’ve all heard the “8 glasses a day” speech so I’m not going to give it to you again. Just stay properly hydrated. It will keep your energy levels up as well as flush the impurities out of your body and ward off urinary tract infections and much more.

Tip #3 – Exercise: Your body needs exercise each day and it doesn’t care whether you’re a mother or not. Although you may find yourself busy throughout the day and exhausted at the end of the day, it’s important that you squeeze in at least 20-30 minutes of exercise each day. There are several ways you can do this. For instance, you can go on a walk after dinner, play Xbox Kinect or Nintendo Wii games with your family or enroll in a yoga class at a fitness club.

Tip #4 – Be Happy: As women and mothers, we tend to overload ourselves with work, family and worries. There isn’t much time to focus on being happy. However, this is important too. Studies have shown that, generally, happy people are healthier people. In order to become happier, consider setting aside a little time for yourself every day – or week – to do something you like doing. This time will help you feel refreshed and become happier.

Tip #5 – Sleep: Getting a good night of sleep is critical to your overall health. Sleep is when your body recharges itself. So, naturally, if you aren’t getting enough sleep you aren’t operating on a “full battery,” which means you’ll wear out quicker. It also means your body will too, which depletes your immune system. So, get the sleep you need at night.

4 Tips On Finding Time To Exercise For Optimal Health

Achieving better fitness and health is high on the list of “things to do someday” for most people. The overall health benefits of exercise are wide-ranging and impressive. However, it is easy to let our busy multi-tasking lives get in the way of doing what is necessary to achieve optimal health.

The new year brings new resolutions to commit to exercising; however, many of us allow other life obligations fill up our time available for achieving better health. This is normal, but not the ideal approach if you hope to live a longer and healthier life.

The key to exercising to achieve better fitness and health is to find ways to exercise even with a busy schedule and wherever we are.

The following are four tips to help you fit exercise into your busy schedule:

1. Exercise Wherever You Are – it is possible for you to exercise wherever you are. If there is a chair available, for example, you can use it to do elevated push-ups, or dips. You can even grab a full can of soup, one for each hand, to add a little weight to virtually any workout. A rolled up towel is an excellent aid to stretching exercises. But the best piece of exercise equipment is with you wherever you go, and that’s you. If you are motivated you can exercise anywhere with a little creativity.

2. Small Things Add Up – you cannot go from flab to fit in a few days even though many fad diets try to convince you otherwise. The good news is that you can start to see big results from small changes. Everything you do will either benefit or impair your ability to get in shape. Simple things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, choosing a parking spot that is farther away than usual, or walking to complete nearby errands will have a cumulative effect.

3. Discuss With Your Employer – You may be surprised to find that your employer already has an exercise area, or perhaps free passes to a nearby gym. If not, suggest adding an exercise room. Some companies have a health or wellness director; use them as a go-between. If you feel emboldened enough, you could also suggest a brief part of each day when the entire company takes a 5 minute exercise break.

4. Keep Moving – The whole idea here is to keep your body moving. Do leg lifts before you get out of bed, get a telephone headset so you can walk around the room while talking, practice isometrics if you are stuck in traffic. Anything you can do to add some movement into your routine will help. Any time throughout the day that you notice you’re sitting still, get moving.

All it takes is motivation and a little creativity to find a way to fit exercise into your busy schedule. Take action with the above tips and come up with some of your own. No matter what your situation, if you stop and look around you will find many ways that you can add exercise to your day to help you achieve better fitness and health.

The 5 Secrets To Effective Consistent Weight Loss

The following article is from over at http://loseonepoundaweek.com/blog  on the five secrets to weight loss.


The 5 Secrets To Effective Consistent Weight Loss

There are five secrets to weight loss everyone wanting to lose weight for the holidays or next years trip to the beach should know.

Everyone knows that losing  the pounds can be both difficult and frustrating, so why not keep it as simple as possible. We are more likely to achieve success with any goal if we start out with baby steps and build up as we go along. Losing weight should not be approached any differently. Make your first weight loss goal losing one pound, then two pounds, until you have reached you total weight loss goal.

The following are the five secrets to safe, effective weight loss:

 The first secret to weight loss is to talk to your doctor. Your doctor can help you decide the best weight loss program to start with and determine if you may have some underlying medical condition that is preventing you from losing weight. An underactive thyroid gland is a good example of a medical condition that may cause you to gain weight and affect your motivation to exercise. Your doctor will also determine if you have any medical reasons to not be undertaking a weight loss program. 

 Another great secret to weight loss is to improve your posture. This may not create immediate weight loss, but certainly will make you look thinner. If you look thinner you will feel thinner and this will boost your self esteem, improve your confidence and give you motivation to exercise and follow a healthy weight loss diet.  This can also help with the weight loss process itself because good posture when you perform exercises will lead to more effective workouts.

 The third secret to weight loss is to get your whole family involved. It can be very tempting to ditch the salad had have a hamburger with your husband or a taco with your wife, but if the entire family is eating healthy foods, weight loss won’t seem so depressing. Keep the junk food out of the house completely, and everyone will be healthier. Get your family involved in exercising or at least encouraging you to exercise after they know how important weight loss is to help you become healthier and live longer.

The next secret is keep it simple and realistic. It is alot easier to lose one pound a week than it is to lose ten pounds in a week. You have to lose the first pound before you can lose that extra 20-30 pounds you have been lugging around. If you get frustrated from lack of progress or slow progress you will end up abandoning your weight loss program. Start simple by learning what you have to do to lose one pound a week then build on that foundation. Your self esteem will go up when you see you are actually losing weight and keeping it off. This will keep you motivated to keep moving forward with your weight loss plan.

The last secret is to look at what you do through out the day and use those activities to help you in your weight loss plan. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park in the last parking spot at the mall or at work and walk to the front door. Cut out coffee and replace it with tea in the morning. Go outside to play with your children instead of staying indoors. Go out dancing instead of seeing a movie. These little things may not make a big impact on your life in general, but if you do them regularly, the burnt calories will add up and you’ll start to see real results.

If you get nothing else from this report, remember that losing one pound a week only requires you to cut out 500 calories per day or burn 250 calories with exercise and decrease your intake 250 calories.


5 Things You Can Never Recover


5 Things You Can Never Recover

The weekend has come and will quickly have passed. Most of us reflect on the events of the week gone by at some point during these two days.

Self evaluation of what we accomplished, lives we influenced, and choices we made are important to keep moving forward in a positive way.

All of us can find things we did and decisions we made that we are proud of and some we wish we could go back and do differently.

It is easy to get caught up in dwelling on the negative aspects of the past. All we can do is allow it to occupy a special place in the back of our minds and keep moving forward. The past should remain there as a constant reminder to help us correct future thoughts, behaviors, and actions. There is nothing constructive about negative prior experiences, if we allow them to surface, incessantly, and consume our daily thinking.

There are behaviors we display, and things we say and do that will influence how others perceive us. Our impulsivity can totally alter the way others choose to relate to us from now until eternity.

There are 5 things in life that can never be recovered, if handled wrecklessly.

1. A thrown stone.

2. The passing of time.

3. The special friend, family and love, once they are gone.

4. Words spoken.

5. Your health.

All of us should strive to optimize how we handle the aforementioned 5 issues in our daily lives.

You can’t mend a broken heart.

We shouldn’t allow our ego’s, negligence, and impulsivity to steel all this world has to offer.