3 Basic Ways To Be A Healthier Mom

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By Carolette Alcoran

active familyBecoming a parent would mean that you have to care not only for yourself but you have to give your whole life to your children as well. But before being able to do so you have to know if you are healthy enough to do it. It’s the same as saying “Help yourself first, before you can help others”. Becoming healthy won’t be in an instant, especially now that you are a parent. Staying healthy is a bigger challenge. The thought of trying to be healthy is a constant addiction.

The moment somebody tries to spill something of the word “healthy” a person would immediately react to the stimuli of asking oneself, if they are. It makes you think about your preferences on being healthy. Thousands of internet articles might say you might not be in the socially accepted level of being healthy, but you yourself should say otherwise. Being healthy should boil down to you saying that “you are”. Being a mother would require you to look through a lot of things, being in a stable happy life while being in healthy should be one of them. You should take your pick on how to be one.

Stay on the right diet

It is often a sight to see, people who become parents are usually going on top of the weighing scale and it is normal thing. Sure, it must’ve been fun going on the “I can get this and eat that attitude” when you were pregnant that sent your husband running from places to places just to please your appetite. But you are a mother now and considering a healthy diet should be a priority.

Cut off the sugar intake and lessen on foods with preservatives. There is no mistaking that you cannot totally avoid consuming all products that would make you go on an unhealthy diet, but making sure you lessen this is your choice. Go for more fruits and vegetables and remember to be eating on time. What you do serves as an example for your children, if you’re healthy then they should be too.

Downing the weighing scale

If you happen to be one of those parents who are consciously looking at themselves in the mirror after a few years of being a parent and seeing the weight gain they have, make sure you spend time on staying fit. Now, fit is a broad term and is almost the same thing as saying healthy. Being fit would make you as you are if you think that you are. Getting to exercise more often should make you feel less stressed about your life. Of course, it is a challenge looking after your children and it is enormously stressful. But if the price of being healthy would make you a better parent then you should consider it. Spend time on short breaks for exercise and don’t broaden the word, just do what you can as it will help you relieve yourself, mentally and create a better vibe for your family. You could also try doing yoga. Study says that it exercises you both physical, mentally and spiritually, you might consider going with a yoga teacher training. If it makes you healthier you should go with the question “why not”?

Get your happy hour

A mother typically carries the most stressful baggage in the family because she is the one who mostly likely considers everything from her children to her husband to everything in household. Could you remember a time that you stumbled? What was the first word you uttered? “Mom”!

Being a mother, you should make time for yourself and take some time off. Of course, being a parent is forever but considering the load you are carrying all the time you wouldn’t be doing any good if you are always stressed. Get a book, watch a movie, a date with your husband or a night out with your friends. You can always ask your husband to look for your baby or better hire a good tutor, which would benefit your child too. It should get you going with a positive vibe and be a better parent for your children and a loving wife for your husband.

Settle with everything on your own pace. Being a parent is not an easy task, you should consider creating your own set of rules that would supply your happiness. If you are already stable in your decisions, then you are all set in becoming a healthy individual for all the roles that you are acting as.

– Carolette Alcoran is a Content Writer from the Philippines. She has rendered services accurately and is flexible in writing various topics. She writes promotional advertisements, issues concerning both virtual and reality, lifestyle tips, marketing trends and also media’s effectiveness.

Moms Need Mom Friends

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By Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC

happyteensWhen you were in college, you may have gone through a season of your life where you had as many guy friends as girlfriends. It may have been easier, less drama and better parties. But every woman needs a good girlfriend, especially after she has kids. Not only do you need a girlfriend after kids, but you need a mom friend. Moms give other moms what no one else can: emotional support for those days you’re sure you’re losing it; physical support when you need an extra pair of arms, legs or a spare car seat; and spiritual support when you need to hear, “Keep the faith; this too shall pass.”

Mom friends understand when the house smells like dirty diapers, or will talk over a colicky baby without batting an eye. Mom friends understand you crying in the middle of the afternoon because you can’t button your favorite dress, and they listen while you vent about your partner coming home late or being on a business trip leaving you alone with the kids. Mom friends are the backbone of every mom at some time or another.

Throughout every mother’s life–from the birth of her first child to her 80th birthday–she will have friends who have walked the journey with her. Those friends remember her children when they were babies. They become like a tapestry interwoven within the children’s lives. I recall every one of my mother’s dearest mom friends, and although several of them died before my mother, they were as much a part of my family as my brothers and sisters.

With life’s fast pace, it’s easy to get busy and not take time to develop friendships with other moms like our moms did. However, this is a big mistake, because a daycare or babysitter can never fulfill the role our mom friends can.

Here are some simple ways to foster friendships with other moms. You don’t need a group, but you do need a mom friend.

1. Get yourself out there and take your baby for a stroll or go to the park. Having toys other children can play with will help draw kids and moms to you. Begin the conversation.

2. After you meet a mom you’re comfortable with, share contacts on Facebook or phone.

3. Organize play dates at your home.

4. Turn naptimes into coffee times with other moms.

5. Find kid friendly restaurants to meet or other kid activities and invite another mom and her children.

exerciseball6. Join an exercise class at the Y. They are inexpensive and many have babysitting where you’re sure to meet other moms.

7. Sign up for a baby-and-me class and reach out to other moms.

8. Be willing to help another mom when you see a need.

9. Find a church that has activities or baby classes.

10. Send encouraging emails or notes to other moms. This will make you feel better, and they will be more receptive to reaching out and contacting you.

My children are grown, and my mom friends have become their surrogate moms. My best mom friend hosted my daughter’s baby shower and so we began again….

– Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, is a licensed psychotherapist and co-author with Janine J. Sherman, of Start Talking: A Girl’s Guide for You and Your Mom About Health, Sex or Whatever. Read more about the book at StartTalkingBook.com and more about Rapini at maryjorapini.com.

Tips From A Mom On Living Life To The Fullest With A Chronic Illness

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By Teri E

sunAs the summer approaches, it’s easy for busy moms to place their health needs second to work commitments and family activities. I recently learned that the average mom only gets 5.5 hours of free time each week – that’s equivalent to only 47 minutes per day! If you are like me, living with a chronic illness, or if you have any other health issue, it might be harder to “do it all.” It’s especially important for all women to take time for themselves and pay careful attention to their own health needs.

I’m a mom, a wife and a full-time school psychologist, but I also live with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system that damages or destroys the protective covering (known as myelin) surrounding the nerves, causing reduced communication between the brain and nerve pathways. Common symptoms include visual problems, overwhelming fatigue, difficulty with balance and coordination, and various levels of impaired mobility. Not every person living with MS feels the same symptoms or has the same experiences – the disease is unique to each individual.

Since being diagnosed with MS in 1999, I’ve learned when to ask for help while balancing work, family and MS symptoms. Down time is important for everyone, especially when you’re a busy mom living with an unpredictable disease like MS. I have learned to set goals for myself to keep on track. Right now my goal is to keep up with my growing son and make sure I’m there to tuck him in at night. When living with a chronic disease, finding the right treatment plan is an important step toward living your best life – and that plan is different for everyone. For a long time after my diagnosis, I was only on one treatment to help manage my MS, and it didn’t end up working for me. I worked closely with my doctor to determine the best treatment plan and I am now on once-daily oral AUBAGIO. Taking that proactive step for myself has helped me manage my MS and balance the other aspects of my busy life with more confidence!

Here are a few quick tips to balance a busy life with a chronic disease…

1. It’s OK to say “no” to certain things, in order to say “yes” to things that matter, like spending time with family

2. Your house doesn’t have to be perfect – it’s ok to ask for help when you need it

3. Make time for yourself – a short walk in the neighborhood or a cup of tea is all it takes to recharge

4. Trust in yourself and what your body is telling you – take it slow if you need to, but realize that you are stronger than you may think

5. Prioritize the things in your life that are important to you

6. Maintain open communication with loved ones, including children, about how you are feeling

7. Don’t be shy to share responsibilities and call on others for help – your family, friends and healthcare providers are there for support

Postpartum Depression Symptoms: Beyond The Stress And Anxiety Of Being A New Mom

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By Lynn Lee

mombabyBringing your newborn baby home can be a very exciting, joyous time. It may also be overwhelming and stressful. Pregnancy and childbirth are emotional journeys, and it’s entirely normal to occasionally feel a little down for the first few weeks after your baby is born (“The Baby Blues”). But if these feelings continue beyond those first few weeks, you may be suffering from a more serious condition known as postpartum depression.

Postpartum depression is not all that uncommon. It is estimated that one in eight women will be affected by and experience postpartum depression symptoms after giving birth, symptoms that, for some, will require outside help and treatment. There are also women who may begin experiencing these symptoms during their pregnancy.

Knowing your body, as well as the signs of what could be something more than just depression or anxiety, is very important. Some postpartum depression symptoms may include:

• Loss of interest in social interactions and enjoyment of social activities

• Mood swings ranging from sadness and anxiety to extreme guilt

• Little to no energy

• Feelings of exhaustion and body fatigue

• Lack of interest in your baby

• Feelings of worthlessness, thinking that your baby would be better off without you

• Feelings of hopelessness, thinking that you are not going to get better

• Lack of concentration, inability to make decisions

• Suicidal thoughts

womanPostpartum depression is not something that should cause embarrassment. It’s also not something that should be ignored. Support groups, psychotherapy, medication and modifications to your exercise routine and diet can help you feel better.

Although there is no way to know if you will develop postpartum depression, there are some things you can do help alleviate the symptoms of postpartum depression:

• Ask for help. Allow friends and family members to offer you a helping hand, whether that be through cooking, cleaning or just being around to give you a chance to recharge.

• Get moving! Stay active, even if it’s just in short bursts. These small increases in your activity level can help keep your mood and thoughts positive. When time allows, try to do some exercise. You’ll likely feel better and it will also relieve you of some of those extra post-pregnancy pounds.

• Eat your vegetables and fruits. Choose healthy, nutrient-rich food whenever possible. Eating healthier foods will help you feel better and boost energy levels at various points throughout the day. Avoid alcohol and caffeine as much as possible.

• Communicate often with your physician. Make sure you are going to all after-birth follow-up appointments, but also call your physician as soon as any concerns, issues or questions arise.

• Seek community support. Consider joining a support group for new moms. Your physician can likely recommend options in your area.

If you feel that you may be experiencing postpartum depression symptoms, it’s important to act fast. Contact your physician for assistance. If you need immediate emergency care, do not hesitate to contact 911. With the appropriate help and guidance, you can start to feel better and get on the road to enjoying those unforgettable and irreplaceable moments of new parenthood.

– This post was submitted by Lynn L. This information was provided by NorthShore University HealthSystem, a comprehensive healthcare system serving the Chicago region. Visit NorthShore University HealthSystem online to learn more about treatment for postpartum depression symptoms.

The True Value Of Mom!

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By Diane Lang

momkidsrunThe true value of a mom -if you had to post a classified ad for the job of mother what would it look?

HelpWanted: Mom
Must have a beautiful smile, warm eyes and a big heart. Highly motivated and energetic individual with the ability to multitask, negotiate and manage time. Must be organized, delegate responsibility, self-starter, independent worker and manage a budget. Patience, warmth and caring a must! Must work well under pressure. Must be disciplined, responsible, loyal and good managerial skills. Listening skills a plus. Must have reliable car and clean drivers record. Position requires long hours, overtime and weekends. No sick or vacation time. Pay is low, appreciate is rare but you will learn and grow a lot from the position.

“This Sunday is Mother’s day. We sometimes forget how much our moms do for us. The classified ad is just a reminder of all the hard work our moms do. It doesn’t take much to show our moms appreciation and love,” says Diane Lang.

Here are five ways to show your mom how much she is loved:

1. Spending time with her. Make this day about her. Ask her what she wants to do and spend the day doing it.

2. Tell your mom how much you love and care for her. The right words can brighten her day.

3. Show her how much you appreciate her with a gift – it’s not about the money, it’s the thought. Moms love homemade gifts.

4. Say “Thank you” for all the helpful advice, being a great role model, time spent with you, all the days she called in sick to be with you, etc. Let her know what a great impact she has made on your life.

5. Remember to show your mom love all year long. Mother’s day is great, but don’t wait to show your love.

Diane Lang is a Positive Living Expert and psychotherapist – is a nationally recognized speaker, author, educator, therapist and media expert. Lang is extremely mediagenic and offers expertise on a variety of health and wellness topics about creating balance and finding happiness through positive living as well as multiple mental health, lifestyle and parenting needs. In addition to holding multiple counseling positions, Diane is also an adjunct professor at Montclair State University.

Mom, Dad And Healthy Hearts In Kids

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By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH

familytvParents can be the most powerful creators of good heart health in their children. If they teach their kids how to eat right, cook great tasting foods that are heart healthy they can raise a generation free from the dangers of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks. What mom and dad wouldn’t want to pass that along to their children? Heart Easy can show you how to raise heart healthy kids who are also protected from Type II diabetes using a low saturated fat diet, reduced sodium and sugar while cooking food that kids love. What kid wouldn’t dive into a delicious healthy pizza or a bowl of yummy, reinvented Mac & Cheese? Heart health and good taste really can go hand in hand if you follow the Heart Easy way.

How about turning heart health into a family project? Set aside one month as Family Heart Health Month. (February is the perfect month because it is heart health month!) Invite every family member to participate at a once-a-week gathering you put on the calendar.

Provide a list in advance with the following:

Assignments:

1) Bring something you’ve learned about heart health to the gathering to share with everyone. (It can be a hand out, a website or an article you’ve read that talks about heart health.)

2) Bring a recipe to share and to prepare for the meeting that is heart healthy and delicious. (Ask for help if you need it.)

3) Research and describe the parts of the heart and how it works. (Provide visuals)

4) Pretend you’re a doctor and give heart health advice to your patient.

5) Bring in three things that constitute good heart health.

Activities: (during the meeting)

1) read a label and describe what’s good and what’s bad on it.

2) cook a heart healthy dessert together

3) make a list of your favorite fast foods and Google the nutritional content and calorie of your choices.

4) make a list of healthy foods that support your heart.

familyrunningYou can accomplish this by visiting www.HeartEasy.com and come out looking like a heart star to your family. There’s no reason you or your children should have to be a victim of heart disease. Make learning about heart health fun, adventurous and delicious. It’s a new year and time to change old habits and create good ones.

Wouldn’t you sleep so much better knowing that you were passing along healthy hearts to you children instead of clogged arteries and heart disease? Take an active role in their heart health by being a leader through the example you set in the kitchen. It’s easy and you can make it a lot of fun.

– Kac Young , a former television director and producer, has earned a Ph.D. in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author 10 books. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. Traditional recipes are turned into heart healthy meals that anyone can make. The health results are outstanding.

While earning her Ph.D. in Natural Health and a Doctorate in Naturopathy, she completed 36 courses in nutrition from Baylor University.

She also earned a doctorate in Clinical Hypnotherapy. Her practice includes, weight control, smoking cessation, behavior modification, stress reduction, past-life regression, meditation training and phobia management. Her books include: “Heart Easy, The Food Lover’s Guide to Heart Healthy Eating,” “Discover Your Spiritual Genius,” “Feng Shui the Easy Way,” “Dancing with the Moon,” “21 Days to the Love of Your Life,” “Gold Mind,” “Cheese Dome Power,” The Path to Fabulous,” “The Quick Guide to Bach Flower Remedies” and “Supreme Healing.”