Why moms should make their health a priority

Why moms should make their health a priority

It's a phrase we're all familiar with: "Put on your own oxygen mask before attempting to help others." In the case that an airplane cabin loses air pressure, flight attendants urge passengers to put their own oxygen masks before helping those around them. That way, they’ll be in a better position to help those who need it.

This principle doesn't just apply to flying. As a mother, you make a lot of sacrifices, but your health shouldn’t be one of them! By taking care of yourself first, you’ll be setting an example for the rest of your family and ensuring that you'll be around to do so for a long time.

In honor of Mother's Day and National Women’s Health Week (May 10-16), we want to share some ways that moms can maintain a healthy lifestyle and be the best mothers they can be.

Develop healthy habits. Eating a healthy diet and getting physically active for at least 2.5 hours a week can lay the foundation for a long, healthy life. Additionally, make sure that you're appropriately managing your stress by getting plenty of sleep, striking a healthy work-life balance and getting counseling, if necessary.

Cut out unhealthy habits. If you're a smoker, quit now—it's one of the biggest things you can do to ensure you'll be around for your children for years to come. Also, limit your alcohol consumption and cut out unhealthy diet habits (like soda or junk food) that may be inhibiting your health.

Get regular checkups. Do you know your physician's name off the top of your head? If not, it may be time to schedule a checkup. Make sure to check your risk factors with your physician and discuss what you can do to address them. You should also be getting a well-woman doctor's visit once a year.

Protect yourself and your family. Make sure that your family activities are safe and fun for everyone. Wear helmets, seat belts, sunscreen and insect repellant when necessary. Also, make sure everyone in the family is aware of emergency protocol in the event of a fire, tornado or other natural disaster.

We hope you enjoy this Mother's Day—and many more to come!

Posted: 5/08/2015 by Goshen Health
Filed under: Day, Family, Health, Mom, Mother, Mothers, Womens

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