by Kelsey Fields
I’m going to pat myself on the back for a second, because I’m kind of super mom. I have a 2.5 year old, a 3.5 month old and go to school full-time. Up until recently, I have been going to school online, while staying at home with the children. However, this semester is my final semester and I am spending it student teaching in a first grade class room. This. Has. Rocked. My. World.
Things I (mostly) did as a stay-at-home mom:
✔ Kept the kids alive
✔ Picked up legos and hot wheels off the floor to avoid major injury
✔ Made sure everyone had clean underwear
✔ Provided nourishment, mostly in the form of PB&J and macaroni and cheese
✔ Made it to the gym 5 times a week
Things I do as a working mom:
✔ All of the above (except I have to keep 20 kids alive)
✔ Work 40 hours a week
Whether you stay at home with your little or are providing for your family in the workplace, many of you moms out there are going through the same struggles.
Back to school means routines and schedules are changing. Gone are the lazy days of summer. Now evenings are filled shuttling the kids to various clubs (Rubik’s Cube Club? Really kid?), checking homework, and attending sporting events. And while there doesn’t seem to be one spare minute to focus on your fitness goals and mental health you must make time.
Stop and ask yourself these questions:
When is the last time you curled up and read a good book?
Where is your favorite place to shop?
When is the last time you had fun doing something that you love?
If you can’t answer these questions. It’s time to reevaluate. I wear many hats. I am a wife, mother, and teacher. There are times when I need to step away from our many roles and just focus on “Kelsey.” And so do YOU.
I will admit it has been challenging to find spare time to put myself first with my new schedule, but I made time each day. Here is how I spent time a little time each day nurturing myself (notice I never took more than an hour a day, but it totally recharged my batteries):
- Monday: I loaded up both boys, went to the Y, and did a kick butt workout. Bonus that Max loves playing in the YMCA’s child watch area and took a great nap for me afterward! (45 minutes)
- Tuesday: I woke up thirty minutes early so I could have a cup of coffee in silence and mentally prepare for my first day of school. (30 minutes)
- Wednesday: I went to the grocery store by myself! This sounds silly but I love taking time to buy healthy food for myself and the family (click here for healthy snack ideas). You mamas know how hard it is to take your children grocery shopping. Props to my husband for allowing me to do this! (1 hour)
- Thursday: I taught Insanity at the YMCA. Not only do I get my workout in, but many of my girlfriends attend. This week was especially grueling so in between moaning we were able to catch up with each other. (1 hour)
- Friday: I started a book I bought FIVE MONTHS AGO! I made a promise to myself to read at least a few pages every night before bed in an attempt to wind down. (30 minutes)
So here’s my challenge to you:
- Make a list of what activities make YOU and only YOU happy
- Fit one of those activities into your schedule every day
- Watch how it makes you a better in your other life roles. You will find you are a better mom, wife, and in my case, teacher.Kelsey is a stay-at-home mom and full time student pursing a degree in elementary education. She is a Beachbody certified Insanity instructor, avid runner and yoga enthusiast.
When she is not working out, you will find her cheering on the Denver Broncos and spending time with her family. She is wife to Blake and mom to busy 2 year-old son Max and newborn son, Mick.
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