With my son being seven months old, I decided that now was the time for me to really take stock in my own health to ensure a safe and happy life with my son. There were several factors that I questioned in improving my heath.
Stress– I know that becoming a new parent brings new stresses all of their own. However, I needed to begin with stress factors before my pregnancy in order to take control and minimize future setbacks. I knew that I wanted to be able to control myself and remind myself that this too shall pass. To reduce stress, I began a little worry box. Whenever I feel like I am experiencing stress or worry, I write the issue on an index card and throw it in the box. I do not review these worries. I feel that once I put them in there, there is not a need to rehash the past. This is my way of controlling what I allow to stay in my head and what I decide to just let go. Pick your battles.
Eating Habits: This is a biggie for me. When I was allowing stress to dictate my daily life, I noticed that I would often go back to eating sugary foods and fast food fix its. By taking stock into my eating habits, I am more able to determine my faults. Through various internet sources, I was able to identify healthy alternative to full fill my cravings and desires for late night meals and snacks. I am not saying this is the end but rather that I am becoming more knowledgeable to what my body needs in order to maintain a healthy and stable being. I often resort to a food diary if I feel that I have been slacking =or resorting to old habits. I have found this method to be most successful. I hate having to write negative choices and much prefer it to be balanced with minimal out of range food choices.
Busy Schedule: A busy schedule will often result in poor choices and added stress. By scheduling time for myself and family activities, I am ensuring that I get the much needed down time to unwind and enjoy the time with my family and friends. It may sound boring or odd to schedule down time but if I do not, I can easily become wrapped up with work and earning more and more money to the extent that my family life could possibly suffer. I avoid this with strict adherence to the “me” time.
Weight Issues: The more I watched my weight the worse it got. By reducing my stress, improving my eating habits and scheduling me time, I have begun to see some positive results in my weight. By visiting the local park and giving my son some much needed outside time, I am able to get more exercising as I walk the paved trail around the park. I am accomplishing more than working on my weight and increasing my exercise for overall health. Spending time with my son adds a bright spot to any day. He is a natural stress reducer.
Improving your health by changing daily aspect of your life may sound like no big deal. Let me tell you, it truly is one of the most difficult transitions that I have ever made. I look towards a brighter future as a daily motivator when all else falls below par.