Think of a mother, and you can easily picture a woman who is a constant go-getter. an empowered and confident woman who knows how to juggle all aspects of life. She may be an at-home mother or a mother with a career, but striking the balance on all fronts is something that takes special effort. Even as working moms swing from personal to professional responsibilities, taking out time for themselves takes a backseat. Between living up to the expectations of the family on one hand and of bosses and colleagues on another, her needs are mostly left unattended. This Mother’s Day, while showering her with tangible gifts and love, don’t forget to share some healthy lifestyle tips for working mothers with her!
Health Shots got in touch with Dr Ritu Sethi, Senior Consultant- Gynecology, Cloud Nine Hospital, Gurugram, to get to know how to keep working women healthy and fit.
Healthy lifestyle tips for working mothers
No matter how strong your mother is, she needs to adopt healthy living and exercise daily to keep up with their good health. Share these pearls of wisdom from Dr Sethi, Director, The Aura Specialty Clinic, Gurugram, with your working mom to help her embrace a healthy lifestyle!
1. Your me-time should be non-negotiable
“It is essential for working moms to take out time for themselves each day. Whether it’s waking up early for a peaceful morning routine, engaging in regular exercise, or enjoying a hobby, setting aside time for self-care can rejuvenate the mind and body, enabling mothers to better handle their responsibilities,” says the expert.
2. Maintain a healthy diet
While a mother is trying to make sense of how to strike the work-life balance, maintaining a healthy diet is key to sustained energy levels and overall well-being. Plan and prepare nutritious meals in advance to avoid relying on processed or fast food options. Also, ask them not to forget to have mini meals in between and much on healthy snack options.
3. Keep your body moving and stay active
“Staying active is crucial for working moms to combat sedentary lifestyles. Find physical activities you enjoy, whether it’s going for a walk, practising yoga, or joining a fitness class. Even while we know working mom struggles are for real, aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week to boost your energy levels, improve cardiovascular health, and reduce stress,” shares the expert. Here are 10 ways to stay fit on a busy day!
4. Never rule out the importance of a good night’s sleep
Adequate sleep is often overlooked but vital for overall well-being. Establish a consistent sleep routine, ensuring you get 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night.
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5. Learn coping mechanisms to avoid getting overwhelmed
The life of a working mother can be challenging and overwhelming. Ask her to seek therapy, if needed, or teach her some effective organisational strategies to reduce stress and maximize productivity. Problems in daily life are somewhat inevitable, but ask your mom to learn to cope healthily by learning various skills for the same.
6. Connect with fellow working mothers for better life and support
We mostly feel understood by others who live a life similar to ours. Ask your mom to connect with other working moms who the challenges they all face. Engage in supportive communities and connect with people your mom can resonate with.
“Sharing experiences, seeking advice, and forming friendships with like-minded individuals can provide valuable support, reducing feelings of isolation and enhancing overall well-being,” shares the expert.