Spring is a season of new beginnings and fresh starts. Why not take the opportunity to “spring” into better health for yourself? Though most of your time and energy goes into taking care of your family, you know it’s critical to take care of your own health too. Even small steps toward better sleep, energy, and nutrition can have big payoffs for your health—starting today!
Unfortunately, sleep doesn’t come in a capsule. But you can easily modify your bedtime habits to improve the quality of your sleep, even when the quantity is lacking! After tucking your little ones in for the night, avoid the temptation to catch up on housework (or that TV series). Try to stick to a regular bedtime for yourself. Limit screen time in the evening; artificial blue light inhibits our body’s natural melatonin production, the hormone that helps us fall asleep. To help your mind and body wind down for the night, sip a cup of chamomile tea or read a relaxing book before bed.
(If you still have trouble sleeping and are not currently pregnant or breastfeeding, natural and herbal supplements such as melatonin, passionflower, and valerian can help you get more Zzz’s.)
EnergyIf there is one commodity lacking among moms (besides sleep), it’s energy! Sugar, caffeine and extra carbs are tempting energy boosts, but can cause you to “crash” and feel even more tired later. Switch to sustainable sources of energy so you can keep up with the kiddos! B-vitamins naturally support energy levels and can be found in foods like nuts, eggs, whole grains, and green leafy vegetables. When it’s hard to get enough B’s from your diet, consider trying a quality B-complex vitamin supplement.
Wish you had more time to prepare healthy food? Fortunately, convenience is trending on the health scene and there are more options for busy moms than ever before. Super greens powders (aka chlorella, spirulina, wheat grass, or blends of these) are energizing sources of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. They can be mixed with water or juice for nutrition on-the-go. When you don’t have time to prepare a healthy meal for yourself, try a nutritious meal replacement shake-- look for options that are free of artificial flavors and sweeteners. Keep healthy snacks on hand, like fresh fruit, hummus and veggies, raw nuts, and all-natural protein bars. Still not sure you’re getting everything you need? A good multivitamin can help you cover your bases!
Take a small step towards improving your sleep, energy and nutrition, and spring into better health for YOU. Your body (and your family) will thank you!