By Samantha Taylor
Moms dedicate so much of their lives to raise their children, investing their time to be there for whatever their kids need. And in the midst of caring for everyone else, Mom often doesn’t take care of her own health. She carefully packs everyone’s lunch but her own. She makes sure everyone gets to their sports and activities but not her own. What Mom doesn’t realize sometimes is that by not taking care of herself, she cannot give as much as she can to those kids because many times, she is just tired.
Of course, that is not the case for all moms, but the thousands of moms I have helped lose weight say, “I just want more energy, to feel better, and to be more active with my kids.” One client who lost four sizes and helped her children come off sugar, too, said, “I am so much happier as a mother. I didn’t realize how irritable I had become with these three boys. It really is so different raising kids when you are healthy, fit, and feel amazing!”
Many moms tell me they regret sitting on the sidelines instead of being engaged with their kids. And numerous moms have admitted to me that that they don’t feel as confident about their body compared to the other moms, so they feel embarrassed showing up at events and interacting with other people.
And they tell me that they are not as happy as they used to be and that makes them grouchier and snappier with their kids. And by the time the evening rolls around, they have given so much of themselves that when it comes time to spend time with her husband, they sometimes feel too tired and want to go to bed!
Then I hear the other side of moms who do take action and invest time in themselves as well as take care of their family. They learn that it’s not selfish and it’s actually for the family, too, because when mom is happy and feeling good, that affects the whole family.
It’s so important that mothers take care of themselves, too. When you do this, the body is strong and you have lots of energy and stamina to be the wonder woman you are! Women are amazing, and being a mother is a whole other level. Give yourself the gift of taking care of you too! You are not only doing it for yourself but you are also doing it for your family.
I recently spent Christmas with my niece and nephew and their three children, ages 5, 3 and 1 and wow, I was astonished at how much energy and focus it took to care for those adorable children and it was 24/7. I was never able to have children and I am amazed at what you mothers do for your children. And I know that being healthier mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually makes a difference in handling the level of stress that can come with being a mother.
You want to be able to play with those children on the ground and easily get back up, to be able to watch them graduate and enjoy those grandchildren without being bogged down with a bunch of medical issues. Most people that deal with medical issues wish they would have taken care of their body. I know some medical issues are not avoidable, but doing something to prevent the ones that are is the key. God gave you your body as a gift so take care of it. It’s important. If you want to check out what I am up to now, check out https://www.findinghealthinword.com Happy Mother’s Day!