This post was sponsored by Nestlé.
Recently Nestlé asked me to define wellness, and that really got me thinking…
Wellness for me is being able to be me in every sense of the word, to be able to fulfill my dreams while being the best mom that I can be, be what I need to be when I need to be it, and be whole – mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
However, I often end up feeling as if I come up short – especially when I am on social media.
Have you noticed the latest trend on social media?
Moms are feeling pressurized to share their picture-perfect lives – everything from their kid’s snack plates to gym selfies, just to show the world that they have it all together.
We get judged on what we feed our kids, how often we exercise and the most popular question we get asked is… “when are you planning to lose that “baby” weight?”
We follow people on social media who scream out “Eat like me, look like me” in their pictures. But many of them don’t speak about personal wellness and how it can affect you mentally.
There’s so much more to wellness than exercising daily or eating ‘clean’.
We seem to live in a world where we think that Instagram pictures speak volumes about what an ideal life should be like – but for me, wellness cannot be described in one picture – especially not as a mom.
Wellness is extremely important, even though many of us don’t even think that much about it. For me, it could be taking an afternoon stroll with the kids or spending time together in the garden.
I am sure that social wellness is probably the last thing that comes to mind when you think of the word wellness but for me, it’s the first…
Social wellness is just so important.
We all need to remember that as moms, improving our relational wellness can have a huge impact on how we feel and on our overall well-being – which ends up affecting everyone at home.
I have learned the hard way that wellness is also about remembering ME and taking care of ME because I don’t want to fall into depression again.
Sometimes we need to realize that we can’t do it all… WE need help!
Everyone that reads my blog seems to think that I have it all together. I am always getting messages applauding me for what I do and how I multi-task but the truth is that I don’t do it all on my own… What you see on social media doesn’t necessarily mean my life is all roses and unicorns. I have a support system of people who help me every day. Because of my support, I have time to focus on myself and what I love.
Today, I urge you to take a step back and look at your life and where you are at this point in it. Challenge yourself to try to do something new! Create new wellness habits that impact everyone in the family in a positive way.
10 Wellness tips for you and the family:
1. Create a routine.
2. Keep a Journal – Maybe try meal planning for a week?
3. Make sure you have breakfast too!
4. Identify what relaxes you – Getting a facial or massage always works for me!
5. Change your scenery – Take a trip with the family at least once a month.
6. Do something just for you – Maybe have a bubble bath before you sleep?
7. Limit screen time at home and encourage outside play.
8. Do something physical outside with the kids – Maybe play a sport?
9. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day!
10. Go to bed earlier – trust me, it makes a huge difference.
Slow down… Take breaks… Don’t push yourself too hard.
I am not overworking myself anymore. I want to spend more time with my family.
Taking time for yourself is not selfish.
Take 15-30 minutes per day to focus on your personal wellness and maybe grab a smoothie 😉 with your partner to talk about what’s on your mind.
Look at yourself in the mirror and remember that you are a strong woman who is always trying to make things work.
Being REAL is okay.
We have to appreciate being who we are.
It’s okay to have pyjama days, and yes even jam in your hair. So, what if you do not look like you stepped out of a magazine every day?
I certainly do not want my kids remembering a mom who was constantly grumpy and harassed or a mom who always shouted and ‘lost it.’ I want to be remembered for the smiles, the dancing in the rain and the mom who made eating healthy a fun game for the little ones. Because I am a legacy and I am me…. I am a MOM.
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