There are many ways to nourish your body and soul, but here are six foolproof and basic methods that you should try following:
Ditch unhealthy diets. Choosing a “quick fix” to lose weight is rarely a wise choice for your health, so throw out those radical diet books, pills, shakes, bars and any other wonder-solution for weight loss. Instead, aim for creating and following a wholesome and nutritious diet that meets all your nutritional needs while helping you cut down on your daily calorie intake within reason.
Take up a sport or workout at home. Getting your body moving not only helps you lose weight and keeps your body in good shape, it also makes you feel good since exercising releases hormones that lift your mood and relieve stress and depression. Exercising can also alleviate boredom, ease menstrual cramps, and boost your confidence and self-esteem, so why not take up a dancing class or buy a yoga DVD and practice at home? Whatever activity you choose, include it in your weekly routine and add to it when you feel you can take on more of a challenge to keep things interesting.
Dedicate some time to yourself. Moms often forget that part of their role as caregivers is also caring for themselves. Taking time out for yourself is extremely important for your mental and physical well being, so don’t put your needs on the backburner. Set aside time away from your family, chores and work and do something you truly enjoy, whether it’s going out with your friends, reading a book, getting a massage, or taking a bubble bath. Be sure to do this regularly to replenish your energy and keep your spirits up.
Listen to your body. It’s easy to ignore little pains and aches when you're busy, but these little pains and aches are your body’s way of telling you that you're pushing yourself too far or that something’s wrong. When you feel something is amiss, don't wait until things are a lot worse to check with your doctor. Sometimes all you need is a bit of rest (which you should be getting regularly if you're giving yourself decent “me” time), but by putting off seeing to your physical well being you might be harming your health.
Don't use food as a pacifier. Food can’t solve your problems, and while you might feel like drowning your sorrows or stress by eating, you'll probably just feel bad afterwards about the extra kilograms this habit earns you. That being said, it’s also important to remember that food is not the enemy and you shouldn't feel guilty about indulging in a piece of chocolate or a bag of chips every now and then. Food is neither your friend nor your foe, so don't resort to it when you're feeling down. Instead, focus on dealing with your problems constructively and finding suitable solutions regardless of how hard or stressful doing so might be.
Connect with others. Interacting with people who are positive about themselves, life, and other people is a great way of keeping your own spirits up and maintaining a positive outlook on life. The right friends can be a great source of support, so forge healthy relationships with people who make you feel good and let go of or correct negative relationships that bring you down. If you feel that you have a problem, whether it is related to stress, weight, or life in general, get in touch with the right professionals and take firm steps towards becoming a happier and healthier you.