The 5 Ways I've Positively Impacted My Health in 2018
When I was pregnant with Addie I ran into a friend at work who had just had her second child. We were chatting about what it was like going from one kid to two (i.e.: crazy) and I asked her at what point she felt like it was less chaotic and actually manageable. She said "not until my second turned 18 months." At the time I was shocked; I couldn't believe that it would take a year and a half until life felt manageable again. I have to say, now that Addie is almost 19 months, I could not agree more. It's only in the last few months that I've felt more like myself and less like a frazzled version of my old self. My two girls are now at a place where they can play together/entertain themselves and just generally require less of the constant attention I've been accustomed to providing. The first year with two was HARD. It's still really hard sometimes. But I've found that there are some things I've been doing that have helped me feel better mentally, emotionally and physically, so I'm sharing them with you!
1) Intermittent Fasting
This pattern of eating (or not eating, I should say) has been around a long time but I've just gotten into it this year. There is a lot of science behind waiting a certain number of hours between dinner and breakfast, and how it can help regulate your digestion and overall well-being. There are many different schools of thought on this one, but I've loosely been aiming to wait roughly 14 hours between dinner and breakfast. This means I try to eat for the last time around 7pm at night and then breakfast after 9am. It's really not that hard to do and combined with my Orange Theory obsession (more coming on this soon!), it's truly changed my body!
2) Foam Rolling
I've always been a bit of a skeptic when it comes to foam rolling, but I finally picked up this cheap one and have been using it almost every night before bed. I mainly roll my upper back and shoulders but have used it on lower body as well after a hard workout. It's super relaxing and I do think it's helped my muscles relax and un-tense themselves. You can find a whole lot of rolling techniques here if you're interested.
3) Switching from plastic tupperware to glass
I've been reading so much about the toxicity of plastic containers, even the ones that are labeled BPA-free. There are many other chemicals in plastic containers besides BPA, all of which can leak into our food. I recycled all of the remaining plastic in our house and purchased a couple sets of these glass food storage containers from Amazon and love them so much! This is an easy switch that makes a big difference.
4) Upping my weekly self-care regime
When Addie was really little I didn't have a lot of time to take care of myself. As a Mom, you're always so busy taking care of everyone else that sometimes you forget that you need some love, too. I try to remember that you can't pour out of an empty cup. (It also helps that I have an amazing husband who knows I need to do things for myself and gives me ample alone time). Nowadays, I try to spend one night a week taking a bath with detoxing salts, (dry brush first!) a face and hair mask and my fave candle. Self-care is so essential to mental, emotional AND physical well-being, so if you can swing it, I highly recommend devoting some time.
5) Advance prepping for the next day
You know how the morning routine sets the tone for the whole day? Rushing out the door stressing about the time (and that I forgot something) is not a great way to start the day, in my book. I try to prep for the next day at night so that the mornings run smoothly. That means making everyone's lunch and labeling it, organizing the girls' bags for school, picking out my outfit (this makes my mornings 100% better), cleaning up the house/toys and thinking through everything I will need the next day. It makes SUCH a huge difference when you can wake up and get everyone dressed and out of the house feeling organized and prepared. I cannot tell you how much better my entire day flows when I spend a few minutes prepping at night.
Do you have any other tips or techniques to share? I'm all ears!