Are you feeling overwhelmed by healthy living?
I can relate. I know that feeling all too well. Trying to get through work, dropping off and picking up kids, sports, homework, appointments, cleaning , preparing meals, and everything else that needs to be done is exhausting.
It’s not that you don’t want to incorporate healthy living. You know what needs to be done. You know the basics of exercising, eating healthy and taking care of yourself and your kids. It can be real a struggle to actually fit it in to your daily routine and get it all done.
Check out these 10 Healthy Living tips that will help you take care of yourself. As a single mom it’s easy to focus so much on your kids that you forget about yourself. Don’t put you last. It’s important to care for yourself so that you’ll have the energy you need to get through the day and be the best mom or parent that you can be.
10 Healthy living tips:
1. Get enough sleep
This is probably the most important thing that you can do for your health. If you are getting enough sleep, you it will be much easier to tackle daily challenges. This also applies to your kids. The better they are sleeping, the better they will feel (and act) during the day. It may take some time, but once your family figures out a routine that works, things will get better.
2. Eat healthy foods
Eating a healthy diet can be a challenge, especially when your kids aren’t on the same page. If you’re not currently eating as healthy as you would like to be, you don’t have to change your entire diet in one day. Try decreasing and then eliminating one thing from your diet each week until you are eating healthy.
Many times, we underestimate how much of an impact food has on our body. Sugar, processed foods and other things in our diet can increase behavior issues, cause headaches, or make us feel sick in general.
3. Drink enough water
This seems like such a simple thing, but most of us really don’t drink enough. When we do make sure we’re getting enough water we will be much healthier and feel better throughout the day.
4. Live in a clean environment
Your environment affects the way you feel. You don’t have to keep your home spotless, but keep things as clean as you can. If you need to, have your kids or others in the household help with chores. Sometimes it seems like more work to keep up with reminding them to clean up after themselves, but once they get into the habit, your household will run so much more smoothly.
5. Stay Organized
Organize your home. Keeping your home as organized as possible helps cut down on clutter. If there is a place for everything, you are less likely to find things on the floor. You may need to dedicate a day, a week, or even a month to organizing your home, but it will be worth it once it’s done.
6. Find time for yourself
It’s important as a parent to find time away from everything to focus on yourself. This isn’t an excuse to have “girls night out” every night of the week. Nor is it an excuse to ignore your responsibilities. It is a reminder to plan out some time that you can relax and recharge so that you are able to function during the week. This will look different for each of us. If you are single and don’t have much help, this may have to be 10 minutes that you lock yourself in your room while you read or just relax. Or it may be an hour that you can sneak away for a free Zumba class, or other activity that you love.
7. Fit healthy habits into your daily routine
Developing healthy habits in children while they are young, is one of the most important things you can do for them. Teaching them now to have good personal hygiene is so essential. When it’s age appropriate to do so, teach them to: brush their own teeth, comb their hair, have a bath, wear clean clothes, wash their hands, etc. These things will be a lasting habit for most and their future roommates and then spouse will be grateful.
8. Ask for help
Make sure you create a support system of close friends or family you go to when you need help. Most importantly, ask for help when you need it. We all need help at times. Don’t be too proud to get help that you can’t function and care for your family. If things seem unbearable and you really don’t have a support system, call a counselor or even see if there is somewhere near you that provides respite care.
9. Don’t be too hard on yourself
Remember, no one’s perfect. Life can be difficult. You’re busy. You’re stressed out. Raising children is a challenge. If you’re not doing everything you think you should be, reevaluate. Look at what is working and what’s not and see what you can change. Sometimes though, there will be times when you have no other option but to let your house be a mess for a week because you have so much on your plate. Let the frustration go and know that you’re doing your best. Let things go when you need to and pick back up when things calm down.
It’s so easy to compare ourselves to others, but we don’t always realize that they might be having the same issues we are. There’s so much more to people than what we see.
10. Find and USE Helpful Resources
Find resources that might be helpful to your family. The most important step of course, is to actually use these resources. This may be a support group on Facebook or in real life. You may want to look into parenting classes. Or even just go to the library or online to find books/ebooks with ideas that may help.
One resource that I love is the Healthy Meal Planning Bundle. It’s a great way that you can get SO MANY resources all at once. It’s definitely worth looking into!
If you have any specific questions, feel free to comment below and I will get back to you. I would also love it if you would share any healthy living tips that you use in your family below in the comments.
Lexi @That Fit Fam says
love that you include personal hygiene as part of healthy living! it is so important to teach this to our kids! I 100% agree! great tips!
Yes, it’s a crucial part of healthy living. Thanks!
whole health and wellness says
Woww just awesome 10 HEALTHY LIVING TIPS! Thank you so much for sharing these useful and healthy tips. Healthy living is essential for a peaceful life. As we all know that health is wealth! Taking care of your health is in your hands only.
Great article Laurie,Nowadays, the essential thing for healthy life is water and a better food but all the person ignores those basic things.
Angel Bogart says
I really loved it when you advised us never to compare ourselves with others, lest we become too hard on ourselves. Many would rather stress themselves out by trying to measure up against friends or parents when life is already hard as it is. I am with you that the best that we can strive for is for us to do our best and to keep life stress-free.
Amazer Me says
It’s Important to take care of yourself to live your life more beautifully. Meditation can help you to focus on health and work both.
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Thank you for sharing your Blog with us. It is so true that the training is very beneficial, but we must also look after our diets by choosing organic elements and by eating well-balanced meals.
Drinking water regularly is the most simplest but helpful way to keep on track. Water plays an important role to our body to neutralize our toxins in our system.
Bipap Machine says
Good article to strengthen our mental health, own healing and self care
Cpap Machine says
Being in tune with your body is the best thing you can do for your health and happiness
Nicole Pilland says
Thanks, LAURIE for sharing such as amazing tips. I loved your 10 ideas and all of them are very much important to live healthy. I noticed that I have followed your 6 ideas already and have to followed
Lynne Huysamen says
I’ve certainly had to learn how not to be too hard on myself. It really is hard to get everything done all the time and find time to rest and practice self-care.
I have found that prioritizing my healthy eating, exercise and self-care gives back to myself so that I have enough energy and motivation to get everything else (or close to) that I need to get done.
I used to work late at night to try and get through all my work while my kids were sleeping and it really was counter-productive in the long term because I was not getting enough rest. I like to switch off every night at a decent time and have enough time to wind down so I can go to bed by 9h30pm and sleep by about 10pm. It has made such a difference.
Nowadays, the essential thing for healthy life is water and a better food but all the person ignores those basic things.
Zoe Campos says
I totally agree that trying to live healthily can be a struggle and I often find it hard to squeeze it into my daily routine. Still, I’m aware that I’m getting older and I feel like I’ll be in need of medical assistance soon. Maybe I should start shopping around for health insurance and see if they include daily check-ups in their offered coverage.
Excellent article Laurie, These days, the most important thing in a healthy life is water and good nutrition, but everyone ignores those basics.
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LAURIE for sharing such as amazing tips. I loved your 10 ideas and all of them are very much important to live healthy. I noticed that I have followed your 6 ideas already and have to followed.