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It Starts With You

It’s universally understood that “In order to love, one must love ourselves first.”  The same goes for personal health.  You must first take care of yourself before you can care for others.  Doing so has both you and your loved ones in your best interest.  It is a known fact that as mothers, we tend to put our priorities in our little ones first and our own health and wellness often get lost in the busy day. The selfless love we provide our children is the cornerstone of motherhood.  Nature’s natural instinct that calls on you to protect them before you. In order to carry out this out and truly be the best you can for them, you must first be the best version of you.  Taking good care of you is hard work!  Showing your family, your friends, and your children how much you care about yourself is appealing to everybody.  It’s worth working hard for!

As 21st century moms with our own business, we have so many parts of life that require our attention.  Family, home, and friends remain essential parts of our self-identity.  We can participate in those favorite parts, life’s treasures when we put our well-being first.  This must remain consistent and true. When we feel better, we do better. And when we do better, we feel better. It’s kind of like that hamster wheel… You can either roll it in the right direction or the wrong direction.

Sometimes we put too much faith in our own strength as mothers and wait until it’s too late.

Taking charge of your health should be imperative, whether at the gym or the doctor.  Knowing your limits is also essential in becoming your best self.  Each person has their own version of that self, and we can succeed not with our support for each other but because of our support for each other.

Having that perfect balance and healthy lifestyle could mean many things. Perhaps you go and work out every day, perhaps you read a chapter a day, perhaps you recite inspiring quotes to yourself every day.  We have to find what works for us.  Constants will always be our strength, willpower, and devotion, but other things are specific to us.  Perhaps you get up early to take in the sunrise, maybe you find serenity in a good laugh from a romantic comedy.

Those parts of balance are ours to find and own for ourselves.

There’s fun to be had in all corners of this journey, from the discipline we teach ourselves to the things about us we come to accept and then love. We can’t do it alone.

Here is a checklist for you below… My recommendation is to print this out and put it on your refrigerator… And if you find that you want some of these on the list but just doesn’t seem like you can do it… Then reach out to a friend or a buddy who can help coach you and keep you accountable, or better yet reach out to your favorite health and wellness advocate and asked them to help you, because that’s what we’re here for, to support you in your journey to health and wellness.

And keep reminding yourself how awesome you are, because little eyes are watching you. Be good to yourself and they will learn the same too.

With love and good health for all,
Jami Josephson Chace
HealthywithJami.com

My list of ways to take care of yourself… please feel free to write me to add more!

  • Take an hour for yourself everyday
  • Meditate
  • Gratitude Journal
  • Meal prepping
  • Getting a babysitter
  • Eating Healthy (80/20 rule)
  • Getting a house cleaner
  • Hiring a coach (life, health, or biz)
  • Have a hobby
  • Go to a moms night out
  • Create healthy routines
  • Read a book
  • Limit your phone time (unplug on weekends)
  • Eat a healthy breakfast and take vitamins
  • Read affirmations (this is a favorite of mine)
  • Plan ahead (another fav)
  • Groom yourself!!! (Nails, hair, shower lol)
  • Make rewards for when you hit your goal, always feels good.
  • Small steps in removing toxic things in your life (People, food, cleaners etc)
  • Walk with nature (Beach, park, etc)
  • Have sex and fun date nights
  • Keep a calendar and always update
  • Make alarms on your phone to help with remembering stuff
  • Drink WATER
  • Do what it takes to love on yourself, you deserve it