Momma Cuisine's Mom Boss Guide For Making It Through The Day
I have been compensated by ZonePerfect® for this post; however, I am sharing my personal guide. All opinions are my own. #Ad #ZonePerfect
If you're like me, your alarm goes off at around 5:00 A.M. – 5:30 A.M. every morning. And it's not like you had a full 8-10 hours of beauty sleep the night before. You probably stayed up after everyone was in bed to tidy up the house, maybe catch up on emails or take that shower you were meaning to take all day.
Moms of all kinds, whether stay-at-home, work-at-home, work in an office – we are busy mommas! There are never enough hours in a day to get our work done and our lives are constant battles of trying to manage it all, accomplish all the tasks that need to be done and balance our lives.
Often, by the time the kids are off to school, I am completely exhausted and it's not even 8:30 A.M.! With the entire day still ahead of me, a list of things to accomplish and goals I'd like to achieve, by the time the kids come back home it's as if I haven't done anything to make a significant dent on my to- do's! Am I the only one who this happens to?? I realized that a lot of it must do with my lack of energy, focus, rest and exercise, just to name a few. So, I started to pay more attention to my body, my mind and the food I ate.
Here is Momma Cuisine's Mom Boss Guide for Making It Through the Day:
SLEEP – There is no way to wake up feeling refreshed without a good night's rest. Although there are nights when I absolutely must stay up later than everyone else, I have made a conscious decision to start sleeping no later than 9:00 P.M., just one hour after the kids' bed times. Once the kids are in bed strictly at 8:00 P.M., I take that last hour to tidy up what I need to, sit and watch one of my favorite TV shows to wind down, call a friend, have a cup of tea to calm down and anything I need to do for myself.
Waking up groggy has affected me in the mornings when the kids are running around getting ready for school. I find that when I wake up refreshed, I am more organized, calm and have a great ability to have a clear view of how the morning will go. Also, I am in a much better mood which the kids feed off. When I am stressed first thing in the morning, so are the kids!
Little Wins™ THROUGHOUT THE DAY – As moms, we are number one culprits of taking care of everyone before ourselves. Many times, I eat breakfast leftovers instead of pitching it in the garbage (I HATE wasting food!), and I forego eating a decent meal and instead nurse a large cup of iced coffee all day. Don't lie, you do it too!
At a recent trip to Walmart, I grabbed some ZonePerfect Dark Chocolate Almond Bars. With my days filled with cooking up new recipes, in and out of meetings, after school family activities and more, my favorite ZonePerfect flavor of Dark Chocolate Almond with 12 grams of protein, 24% of the recommended daily value on a 2,000-calorie diet, is the perfect bar to keep me focused on my tasks instead of running on empty all day. There are tons of delicious ZonePerfect flavors like Cinnamon Roll and more, so I know you will find your favorite too!
Instead of having an empty stomach all day which keeps me unfocused and cranky, I consciously eat healthy snacks for Little Wins™ throughout day. I make sure to always have water close by so that I am well hydrated and drinking less caffeine, and I put out ZonePerfect bars and fruits to snack healthily. I have found that I have more energy and focus when I am filling my belly with the good stuff.
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EXERCISE – Even just the word exhausts me. I do not enjoy exercise. I know it's health benefits, but getting me to the gym is as hard as waking up my teen for school every morning at 6:00 A.M. It's a task. But what I have found is that I don't have to enter a gym to get in some exercise. Working at home means I walk around less. So, when I am out running errands, I park in the farthest part of the parking lot and walk more steps. I sometimes take brain breaks just like my kids do in elementary school and get up from my desk and walk around the block. It refreshes my brain and energy and helps me to get my blood flowing.
No matter the struggle, and it always will be with me because I do not ever see myself enjoying going to the gym, I cannot deny that nothing replaces a 20-30-minute gym workout. it helps get your hormones going, your blood flowing, your brain on the right wave! So, I know how hard it is mommas. The gym is something I will always struggle with, but when I do push and discipline myself to do it, I have yet to ever say that I regret it!
These three simple tips may not seem life changing, but they make a huge difference in how I have felt since I have been more conscious of them in my routine. Usually, it's the little things done consistently over time that make the biggest impact. As moms, our routines and jobs don't change much. It may be a little different every day, however one thing remains, we live our lives for our loved ones and will do all that we can to make sure they are well taken care of. And the best way we can have the resourcefulness and energy to take care of our families is to make sure that we take good care of ourselves first! We cannot give to others what we don't have. As mom bosses, we need to ensure that we are always operating on a high level and loving and caring for ourselves as much as we love and care for our families.