For the working mom, finding time for yourself might seem like something of the past. When 4 out of 10 working moms describe themselves as “always rushed” and only 13% of moms with full-time jobs think their work-life scenario is best for child rearing, setting aside time for your self-care leads to a lot of guilt.
The title of my blog post in this week’s U.S News Eat + Run is ” How to Stop Feeling Selfish About ‘Me Time’. Taking the time to think about your needs and actually taking care of them is crucial for your health and well-being. Daily “me time” is your only option to ensure that you are healthy and energetic in order to care for your family the best you can.
There are only so many hours in a day, so you have to schedule your “me time”. Here are 3 of my tips from the post on how you can fit time in your day:
1. Whip up a smoothie. Keep frozen fruit on hand to make yourself a treat while you are making your kids’ lunch. Simply blend 1 cup of frozen berries with half a banana and 1 cup of milk or yogurt. I like to throw in a tablespoon of heart-healthy flaxseeds or pumpkin seeds.
2. Plan for leftovers. Weekends are the perfect time to prepare for the week. You can cook up your family’s favorite meals in advance, but double the size for easy leftovers you can grab in the morning. Casseroles, chilis, or anything made in a slow cooker make for simple, delicious meals that can be used as leftovers.
3. Stock and store fresh food. I like to create my own mini salad bar in my refrigerator with pre-prepped veggies like chopped red peppers, shredded carrots, and cucumbers. Chickpeas and other beans are easy to rinse and store for added protein in salads. To spice things up, prepare chicken, quinoa, and sautéd veggies on the weekends to have on hand for added flavor and variety.
To read all 10 of my guiltless “me first “ideas read the full article: How to Stop Feeling Selfish About ‘Me Time’