Emma Grace Brown has a website called My Life. My Rules, where she writes about her philosophy about life.
Self-care can have tremendous benefits for both your mental health and physical health, but when life gets hectic, which can happen frequently for working parents, it can be easy to shove your well-being to the bottom of your priority list. For overall wellness, it’s important to take good care of your body, mind, and soul daily. Learning to eat right, getting enough sleep, and limiting the use of technology is crucial for a healthy, happy, and long life. Love After Kids invites you to consider these self-care habits as a way to take better care of yourself.
Look out for yourself
Reducing stress is the key to getting a good-night rest, and a way to do this is to think about the best ways to calm yourself after a long day or relax more while working. Next, make sure your bedroom is the ideal place to get adequate sleep - this means limiting distractions such as a TV or laptop and adding room-darkening curtains or a white noise machine.
Specific foods are naturally high in protein, and regularly consuming these foods can trigger weight loss and help you get the most of your workout sessions. Protein has tremendous muscle-building power, and it makes your muscles rebuild and repair better and more quickly. Protein also offers the feeling of satiety, which promotes healthy weight loss by reducing the total number of calories your body requires per day. By following a diet rich in lean proteins, you can boost your muscle size and eliminate the fatty layer that covers them. Moreover, lean proteins lower the risk of heart diseases, boost the immune system, increase your metabolism, and provide vitamin B because the nutrients in these foods are responsible for preventing illnesses.
Opinions regarding how much protein you need depend, but most nutritional organizations recommend that the quantities match up with your lifestyle. If you live a more sedentary lifestyle, the recommended intake is 7 grams of protein per 20 pounds of body weight. Those living a more active life should consume around 1.2-2.0 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight to help with muscle synthesis. And if you wonder whether consuming protein right after a workout is important, it’s actually better to figure out your daily protein intake goal and strive to meet that vs. timing your protein intake during your day.
This slows us down, and rather than focusing on the things that matter, we end up distraught and bounce from one thing to another while achieving very little. Creating balance is not about cramming lots of things into your daily life but about knowing what should be prioritized and what should not.
limit technology use
Limiting the use of technology can significantly impact your health and overall well-being by lowering anxiety and helping you stay in the now. To implement these changes, try avoiding looking at your phone the first thing in the morning and establish a cut-off time at night. And when it comes to time with your partner, put down the phones and pay attention to each other.
Practicing self-care tends to be one of the first neglected things during stressful times when, in fact, it is the antidote. When included in your daily, weekly, and monthly routine, it'll have a profound effect on your health and well-being -- and your relationship with your partner.
If you haven’t already read the book, it’s a great place to start - Relationship Reboot: Break free from the bad habits in your relationship.
David B. Younger, Ph.D. is the creator of Love After Kids, for couples that have grown apart since having children. He is a clinical psychologist and couples therapist with a web-based private practice and lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, 16-year-old son, 6-year-old daughter and 8-year-old toy poodle.