If there’s one thing I’ve learned so far in life, it’s to treat your body with love by doing things to keep it happy and by making healthy goals.. Most of the time I do okay, but there’s always room for improvement. My days vary day to day so sometimes I don’t pay enough attention to how much sleep I get or how active I’ve been – especially when life get a little stressful.
CANCER SURVIVOR AND MOM, TRISHA HENRY GAFFNEY
TRYING TO GET BACK TO NORMAL
HEARING MORE BAD NEWS
TAKING CONTROL AND MOVING FORWARD
I think it’s safe to say that most of you know by now that I’m a busy woman. Not only do I have my kid’s school and after school activities to manage – but also my part time blogging schedule and on call nursing career. I do so well making sure the kids have all of their gear ready with water bottles and snacks – but I seem to always manage to forget one big important thing: feeding myself.
There has been so many times over the years that I’ve kicked myself for not remembering to eat before I left the house or at the very least remembering to pack a snack. Perhaps the worst times are when I’m working as a nurse because even though I bring a lunch with me, it doesn’t guarantee that I will be able to have the time to sit down and actually eat it. It can get pretty hectic at times and it’s unpredictable. Sometimes it gets so busy that I’ll literally just have a few minutes for a couple of bites of food, so I want to make sure that it’s nutritious enough to keep me going.
I’ve found that these new P3 Portable Protein Packs (which are available at Walmart) are great to have on hand and have just enough in them to tide me over until I can sit down for lunch or dinner. They are really convenient because I don’t have to chop, slice, or pack anything – the cheese, meat and nuts are all packaged and ready to eat!
The P3 Portable Protein Packs come in four different varieties and each have 13-14 grams of protein. They are great for me to have on hand while I’m in the car, at soccer games, at work, and when I’m out running errands.
But seriously, why is it important to have snacks? I know sometimes the hardest thing to do for us as a parent (and people in general!) is to practice what we preach. Well, here are some reasons why you need to snack:
- It keeps you from overeating later on in the evening.
- Snacking balanced foods helps maintain your body’s blood sugar levels.
- Having a nutritious snack will give you the energy your body needs to get through the day.
- Wholesome snacks help provide you with extra vitamins – something most of us don’t get enough of.
How often do you snack, and what do you look for most when choosing something to eat? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
I think most people would agree that being a busy mom is a tough enough job as it is, and it takes a wonder woman to make it through the cold and flu season every year while still keeping up and being on the go.
Even though my kids are pretty healthy and we can normally trudge through minor sniffles, there is usually at least once a season that a cold, or even the flu, gets us down, and the little ones just need to stay at home to recover and get well.
Here are 10 things that I always keep on hand and think that every mom needs to have standing by during the cold and flu season:
- Kleenex : I don’t know what we would do without plenty of Kleenex tissues nearby. They are gentle on tender noses and come in handy strategically placed in every room! I always stock up at the beginning of fall so that we always have enough on hand. Right now if you head over to Target you can get a $1.00 off of a 4 pack of Kleenex if you use the coupon HERE.
- A thermometer. Most of the time the kids will just need a day or two of rest and they’ll bounce back. But sometimes with the flu that nasty fever will hit, and its important to monitor it and make sure it doesn’t get too high.
- Electrolyte drinks. Electrolyte drinks are very important to have on hand, especially if your kids are having any vomiting or diarrhea. Monitoring temperature and encouraging fluids are super important!
- A humidifier. Sometimes, its just an upper respiratory infection going on, and a humidifier can help de-congest and aide in comfort while breathing, thus creating a better nights sleep for your child, and you. Sleep is very important when you are sick because your body needs rest to heal!
- Books. No matter what kind of sickness your kid has come down with, a new book to read is something that will keep them occupied. Try and have one stashed away that is a special book or buy them a new one to help keep them entertained.
- Tea with honey. Wonderful for sore throats, and if your kids are too young to appreciate the flavor (and the health benefits) of tea, keep it for you and sip on some to sooth your tired body.
- Throat Lozenges. If your kids have a sore or itchy throat, having throat lozenges on hand is a wonderful lifesaver. Word from the wise with kids, none of mine will touch the ones with menthol, so you might have to opt for the non-menthol vitamin C ones.
- An activity box. Keep a little box or container with simple and quiet activities that sick kids can do while lying on the couch. Fill it with crossword puzzles and coloring books with crayons. Perhaps little toys other activity books to keep them occupied in between periods of resting.
- A simple soup recipe. Chicken noodle, Chicken broth, Chicken and rice…you need a light go to meal recipe to keep everyone fed. If you don’t have one you can check out our family’s HERE.
- Patience. It’s exhausting having sick children, and its even worse when you are sick too. I’ve learned that if I start to get short tempered or crabby, I’ll take 5 minutes to myself and literally lock myself in the bathroom to regroup. It helps – believe me.
Raising a family is one of the toughest jobs in the world out there when they aren’t sick, just always remember that you are appreciated.
Your love makes a difference.
We get busy. A lot. It seems like everyday is filled up with schedules and lists and chaos! We drop into bed every night (or morning!) and can’t shut our minds off, so we lay there and think some more.
Having three kids of my own, a husband, mortgage, job, and all the other extra-curricular activities life brings, I get it. I’m there too.
Last winter though, things spiraled out of control for me. The normally I-can-handle-it-all-wonder-woman had a bit of a breakdown. There was too much outside craziness and distractions getting into our own home. And I was unconsciously letting this happen, and eventually it had to end. I had to learn to cut ties with some things, and some people that I just couldn’t help. It was all causing me to loose way to much of my own precious sleep.
It wasn’t pretty, but I freed myself (mostly) and I’m getting back to a simpler kind of normal everyday chaos. Along the way I’ve learned a few things that will help you simplify stress too.
5 Ways to Simplify Stress in Your Life:
1. Take a deep breath and figure out what is important and what’s not worth the stress.
Does the benefit of the added stress over weigh the negative for you and your family?
2. Make a top ten list everyday.
Write down the most important things that need to be accomplished.
3. Cut back.
Take a day or at least an afternoon every week that you just say no to everything and stay at home. Wear your pajamas if you want and tidy up the house, or tackle a project you’ve been threatening to for the last six months. You’ll feel better having a cleaner home, and will have a block of time that you don’t feel rushed.
4. Say no to negativity.
This is a tough one. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in news, whether it be national or all the way to down-right gossip we get sucked into. Then that stressful, gloomy feeling begins to take over. So take a step backwards and cut yourself off for a while. Limit TV, phone conversations with Negative Nancy, and read something inspiring. A weight will begin to magically lift off of your shoulders.
5. When in doubt, talk it out – just not too much.
My husband and I do this quite frequently about people or things that bother us. It’s great to have someone else to converse with but you have to be careful not to continuously talk about it, because then it becomes counter-productive and can start to stress you out more. Make sure you have a limit to the topics that frustrate you or tie your stomach in knots, then change the subject.
These are just a few of the ways that I’ve learned to simplify stress. What are some of your ideas??