Self Care Time Saving Tips for Busy Moms

Today I want to share with you some time saving tips I use to make sure I take care of myself without neglecting my kids.  I am a busy mom of a 3 year old and a 1 year old and as much as I love being a mom… let’s get real for a minute they can be a handful.

 

I don’t like to spend too much time on myself, including my workouts. All this without taking too much time away from my family. My top three tips for making sure you get your workouts in, feel good about yourself, without taking too much time away from your family are listed below.

Tip #1– Wash your hair every 2-3 days. I use dry shampoo on the days that I don’t wash my hair and I do my hair in cute styles, such as braids and cute up-dos. When I used to color my hair a lot, hairstylists would tell me that it really wasn’t good to wash your hair everyday.

Tip #2– Save time with your makeup. I sweat like crazy, especially when I am teaching fitness classes, but I have three products that work well for me and they last a long time. I wash my entire face and go heavy with makeup on the first day and then will wash my face, while avoiding my eye area.  This leaves my eye makeup good for another day at least.  There is ten minutes saved each day by not applying eye makeup.

Tip #3– Dealing with your workouts and what to do if you have little ones at home. If you are fortunate enough to belong to a health club that offers a kids club, then put the kids in there and get at least a 30 minute workout in while the kids are in the kids club.  If this is not an option for you, I would suggest a stroller walk with the kids, I often take my kids with me in the double stroller.

Figure out how you can save time and not feel frumpy at the same time. I do like to get up and get dressed, I know I feel better if I am wearing a dress, even though I am a stay at home mom. For me, it makes me feel better about myself. Make sure you don’t give up on yourself! Make sure you take time for yourself even if it means you are taking your kids with you to make time for you. Try to exercise at least 10-20 minutes at least five days a week.

Don’t give up on yourself just because you are a busy mom, use these time saving tips to look and feel good about yourself.

How to Make Your New Year Resolutions Stick

I have a hot topic to you today on how to make your New Year Resolutions stick.  You may be from the camp that I used to sit in, where you say to yourself, “I don’t make resolutions because they don’t work.”  Do you feel that way?  If you do, then I’m going to challenge you a little bit.

I used to not make resolutions because I was nervous I was going to fail at them.  So, until I really started diving deep into how goal setting works and how to really go after a goal, even if it seems lofty or large, or really unattainable until I really dove in and figured out how goal setting actually works, I wasn’t brave enough to take the steps to make those huge, seemingly impossible goals but I’m going to let you in on a secret, people with written goals achieve way more than if not written

Have you heard the saying, a goal not written down is just a dream?  It is so true, because you can’t really go after something if it is not clearly defined.Here are a few tips I have for you for making your New Year Resolutions stick.  Your goal needs to be as clearly defined as possible, meaning you’ve thought about it and brainstormed about it.  Brainstorm all the things you are thinking about with regards to what you want to accomplish.  Write it all down, often times you aren’t quite sure what it is you really want until you start writing everything out. Think about what you don’t want, a lot of times this will help you really figure out what it is you DO want

Once you figure out what it is you really want, I want you to think about how it will feel once you achieve it. Explore why you want it, how it will make feel, and if you were to achieve it/obtain it will it be a long term benefit for you and your family.  This exercise really helps you clearly define and state what you really want.  It helps your brain move in the direction of what you really want and what needs to be done.  So much of what we do comes from our subconscious, so it is important to put our subconscious mind to work for us and not against us.  

Define what you want and what you don’t want, why you want it and then how it is going to make you feel.  To help you with this I have an acronym that makes it easy for you to define a SMART goal.  The acronym SMART lays out certain ideas that will make your goal more achievable.

S (Specific) The more specific you can make your goal the easier it will be to achieve it.

M (Measurable) There needs to be some type of number associated with it that can be measured.  For example, if you want to pay off debt, you need to know the number amount in order to be able to track your progress.

A (Action-Oriented) You need to be able to list the action steps needed to reach goal.

R (Realistic) Is it a realistic goal for you to be working towards?

T (Time Bound) There needs to be a time limit on when you reach your goal.  If you don’t have a time where you want to reach your goal by, it’s less likely you will achieve it.

Things I’ve Had to Overcome

All of the things that should have stopped me in this business include moving, having two babies, gain and lost weight, planned a wedding, lost family members, a big one was the loss of my dear sweet dog Dixie. She had been the only constant in my life during the trying years of change.

I had gone from Vice President of a major corporation to being not really being responsible for anything but being a mom and this business. I have struggled with postpartum and continue to battle it to this day. I have had to find and become a part of three different churches, and have had to go to therapy to help deal with these on various levels.

All these could have been huge excuses for me to quit, throw in the towel. I am sure that you have experienced some obstacles that may have put the thought in your head to just stop what you are doing and just give up.

It is during these times that I encourage you to dive in. Don’t Give Up. This is the time where you need to make things happen despite the obstacles you may be facing. This could relate to all different areas of your life, personal or business.

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Have a blessed day!