First and foremost, you need to understand that living a healthy life doesn’t happen overnight you must work at it. Do away with all unhealthy attitudes and start living healthily. Strive to achieve a balance between your secular work and household duties. Don’t overwork yourself. Remember, your body isn’t a machine that works for a very long time. Even machines do break down when they are overworked. They perform optimally only when they are allowed to rest after working for some time. It’s good to work hard as a woman but not at the detriment of your health.
Are there things you can do to stay healthy?
How do you cope with your many duties and responsibilities as a working mother and not overwork your body or breakdown?
Below are some useful tips that will help you.
- Let your boss be aware of your present predicament
Somebody suggested that one useful step to take in coping with your many duties as a working mother and avoid injuring your health is to “clarify with your bosses the expectations about the workload that you can handle.” Let them know your struggles and how it might affect your output at work. Also, to reduce the stress of commuting many miles to work every day, you should move closer to your workplace to save time, money and energy.
- Share your household responsibilities with your husband
The world is fast deviating from the traditional or stereotyped motherhood and fatherhood roles where the woman stays at home to nurture and support the emotional growth and stability of the child, and the man goes out to work and bring in the bacon. What we have today is Shared Earnings/Shared Parenting. Marriage where both the man and woman earn money and both do the unpaid work of parenting and childcare. Men are accepting the Shared Earning role with their wives and have even redefined what “manhood” means to include caring for children at home and heling their wives with the household chores. So, let your husband relieve you with care of the children and the household chores. Remember, mutual love, respect, understanding, and support are the secrets of a successful marriage.
- Eat healthy
Eat well. Eat only what is good for your body and what nourishes you and not just satisfy your hunger. As much as possible, avoid fast food – snacks, noodles, eggs, and carbonated drinks – and ensure fruits and vegetables are a regular feature in your menu. Cultivate the habit of eating balanced diet; don’t skip meals; and don’t stay too long before eating. Moreover, reduce salt intake because much salt leads to high blood pressure, heart failure, stroke and other complications. Overeating is unhealthy as well. It makes you gain weight and have digestive problems such as bloating and gas.
- Drink much water
Water, according to research findings, is a kind of therapy that helps natural health. Taking two glasses of water first thing when you wake up in the morning, for instance, helps activate the internal organs. One glass of water thirty minutes before a meal helps digestion, one glass of water before taking a bath helps take lower blood pressure and one glass of water before going to bed helps avoid stroke or heart attack. As an adult, you are required to take between 2-3 litres (roughly 6-8 cups) of water daily. That means, if you follow the initial prescriptions, you only need to add one cup or three cups of water at intervals for regular flushing of the acidity in the body system. If you use water to flush your system daily, you must ensure the water is potable and non-acidic. Water also helps your kidneys, helps you to control your appetite and keeps you energized.
- Exercise yourself regularly
Bodily exercise also enhances good health. Most women tend to think that they are active and fit because they are always busy, but that is untrue. You must make conscious effort to exercise yourself, especially in the morning before going out and at night before retiring to bed. A brisk walk before breakfast or after dinner is an excellent practice.
Aside from the weight loss, lots of benefits are derived from bodily exercise. Physical exercise:
Reduces several cardiovascular risks, which include high blood pressure and heart attack;
Boost mental health;
Helps to maintain physical fitness and a healthy weight;
Reduces the risk of diabetes and surgical risks;
Strengthens the immune system.
Promotes bone density.
Protects against osteoporosis, which occurs when the bone becomes thin, weak and breaks easily.
Some study indicates that exercise may increase life expectancy and overall quality of life. People who participates in moderate to high levels of physical exercise have lower mortality rate compared to those who by comparison are not physically active.
- Have a good personal hygiene
Good personal hygiene is essential to promoting good health. Personal hygiene habits such as washing your hands and brushing and flossing your teeth will not only protect you from poor health, but also shield those around you from suffering illnesses that arise from poor personal habits. They also keep bacteria, viruses and illness at bay and make you feel good about yourself. A renown medical professional said that people who have poor hygiene – disheveled hair and clothes, body odor, bad breath, missing teeth and the like – are often seen as unhealthy and may face discrimination.
- Maintain a hygiene environment
Maintaining a hygiene environment is necessary too. Clean up your surrounding regularly by sweeping your apartment/compound, mowing your lawn, disposing of your wastes properly and washing your bathroom/toilet. You should also net your windows to avoid mosquito bite.
Other practical ways to live healthily involves knowing your family history with regards to your health; going for regular medical checkups; and stop worrying but truth in God, the giver of life. Also avoid inhaling smoke; watch your blood sugar level, in fact be wary of taking sugar; shed some weight if you are overweight; and check your blood pressure often and ensure it’s under control. Moreover, stop using plastics for hot foods and drinks. Don’t use them in your microwaves; you’d be exposing yourself to cancer if you do so. If you take all these necessary health precautions, your body will thank you as you age gracefully.