There is a famous saying that your habits reflect your personality, but I don’t think it is the case. I believe your habits define your personality and shape your lifestyle. Instead of opting for what you like, why don’t opt the healthy habits that can change your life? Today I’m going to share the 11 Healthy habits that changed my life as a mom.
One of the most important things you should consider being a mom is staying healthy and taking good care of yourself. It is the most important thing you can do for yourself and your family. Let me tell you the old me. The old me was hard on herself and used to think “I can do it all”. But when everything was done, I was tired and exhausted and it was affecting my physical as well as mental health. What I’ve learned from being a mom of three now is how important these healthy habits have changed my life as a mom and as a caregiver.
Taking care of yourself physically and mentally = happy healthy mom.
So today I’m going to share the 11 healthy habits that changed my life as a mom.
1. Waking up early (before my kids)
Waking up early (at least an hour before my kids) has changed my life. I usually wake up between 5:30 to 6:00 am. It’s only around an hour before my kids, but it’s everything I need for me. Whether I do a good workout, do yoga, drink coffee, or just have some quiet time in the garden. Having that quiet time in the morning and not being rushed to make breakfast and getting kids ready is everything! Trust me it’s worth it.
2. Warm ginger citrus water with a tbsp of apple cider vinegar in the morning (32oz)
I can’t rave enough about this apple cider vinegar citrus water. This is the first thing I have right after I get out of bed. Drinking a glass of warm water in the morning not only helps flush out toxins plus studies show it’ll help you drink more water, thus keeping you hydrated. I’ve been drinking this drink for almost 4 months now and let me tell you I feel a great difference in my skin, energy, metabolism, hydration, etc.
3. Exercise 20-30 MINS (This can be anything, anywhere as yoga, walk, hike, home workout, bike, or swim.)
Trust me I know how hard it can be to get out of bed and do the workout as the first thing. But I promise you if that’s the first thing you do it sets the tone for the rest of the day. Working out is one of the best healthy habits to opt for as it makes you fall in love with yourself all over again. That endorphin rush will make you feel happier throughout the day.
You feel like you have absolutely accomplished something big, and now you can only go higher. It’s kinda domino effect, you worked out in the morning, now you’ll eat healthier, feel more energy, stay motivated, etc. Avoid working out at night because it’ll make it harder to fall asleep.
4. Meditation with breathing (I use Calm /headspace)
Mediation is completely new to me. I was never that person that can sit still for more than 10 mins. But after meditating for the past couple of months (it helped during covid) and I feel it has reset my mind and made me a more patient person and most importantly a better MOM.
5. Drinking juice/smoothie to start my day (something about getting that goodness first in the morning, it gives me so much energy and feels great.)
How can I forget smoothies when stating my healthy habits list? This is the first thing I drink after my workout. Keep in mind anything leafy greens and a hit of fruits will be perfect. Please check out my recipe for the anti-inflammatory green smoothie that I drink every day. It has tons of fiber, vitamins, proteins, and minerals. I love getting this in my system after fasting the whole night. This is not a meal replacement…. but just a nice way to get all the goodness in my body before I start my day! I feel this smoothie heals me from inside.
6. Eats lots of whole foods (fruits and vegetables)
I eat lots of whole foods and vegetables…we fill our fridge with different kinds of vegetables and fruits. I know some might say fruit has sugar…but it’s different yet better from all the processed food you’ve put in your body.
7. Blocking screen time when with family (this means no phones and screens)
Since part of my job is staying online on social media and requires me to be on my computer and phone a lot. I’ve assigned myself a block-out time where I don’t look at my phone in the morning when I wake up and at night between 6 pm (dinner time) to 8:30 pm until they sleep. So, I can fully pay attention to them and give them my undivided attention.
8. Minimized sugar and processed food (no cereals, sodas, box juice) no sugar=no tantrums
I used to eat cereals and milk all the time once. Now that I think back, I couldn’t believe how sellers would brainwash us through the advertisements and make us believe cereal is actually good for us. I don’t buy cereals, sodas, or box juice anymore. If I have them in my pantry or fridge that’ll be there to tempt us and the kids. Who doesn’t like sugar?? Eliminating that out of our lives has been the best decision. My kids hardly throw tantrums…because they’re not eating refined sugar otherwise, they can get high on this sugar and then crash. Don’t get me wrong, I still eat processed food. Just be careful and have a balance. How do you completely cut out processed food…when EVERYTHING is processed, but balancing is one of the key healthy habits!
9. Getting quality sleep (I don’t look at my phone before bed and when I wake up)
Going to sleep between 10 pm to 11 pm is my sweet spot. I sometimes watch a little tv to sleep but I don’t even make it to the intro. Getting in bed and sleeping early will allow me to get enough rest so I can wake up early the next day.
10. Journaling … or you can say brain dumping. I write down everything and look at my itinerary the next day.
This mama has tons of stuff running off in her mind so I love journaling. I write down everything from what I’m making for breakfast to what I need to do the next day. Brain Dumping prevents turning on my mind and letting it rest at night.
11. Yoga before bed
I love doing yoga before bed. Doing light stretches and listening to some soothing music is so Zen, especially after a long day taking care of your kids and home. It’s so good for any pains you might have and relaxes you before you head to bed.
Take care of yourself, go for these 11 healthy habits. Hope you guys enjoyed this post!