17 May Top Self-Care Tips for Mom
Are you one of those moms who has an endless ‘to do’ list? Do you often put your own health and wellness needs on the back burner so you can take care of everyone else? This can eventually take its toll…either in the form of exhaustion or sickness.
Self-care is a popular term being thrown around quite a bit. But one psychologist provides a pretty clear definition: ‘Self-care is choosing behaviors that balance the effects of emotional and physical stressors: exercising, eating healthy foods, getting enough sleep, practicing yoga or meditation or relaxation techniques, abstaining from substance abuse, pursuing creative outlets, engaging in psychotherapy. Also essential to self-care is learning to self-soothe or calm our physical and emotional distress’.
Top Self-Care Tips for Mom:
One of our physician assistants, Sarah Talbot, PA-C, offers these top self-care tips for moms:
- Sleep/relaxation: We all dream of a day at the spa, but that’s not an option for everyone. Sneak in a hot bath or take a short nap when you can. Stress and exhaustion take a toll on our bodies and make us more susceptible to illness. Chronic sleep deprivation can affect your cognitive function and puts you at risk for health conditions like diabetes and heart disease.
- Nutrition: What you put in your body really does affect your overall well-being. Fill your pantry with your favorite healthy snacks so they’re ready when you want them. Load up on whole foods and drink plenty of water.
- Exercise: A great way to help with energy is to get your blood pumping outdoors. Take a walk or run, stretch or do yoga, swim, cycle, or work in your garden. You can include the kids in many of these activities.
- Wellness Exams: It really is important to have a yearly physical for the prevention and early detection of disease. Make sure you get a flu shot, schedule a dental exam, and have a well woman exam.
When to Call the Doctor:
If you are working to get adequate sleep, eating a fairly healthy diet, and exercising and still feeling chronically exhausted, it may be time to see a doctor. Fatigue can be completely normal in some situations or can be a symptom of illnesses like anemia, diabetes, hypothyroidism, and depression.
If you feel run down and think you have a cold or even the flu, then download our app and ‘fetch’ one of our amazing medical providers to your home. We make it simple and convenient!
Watch Sarah during an interview with KXAN-TV about self-care for moms here.