First and foremost, you need to understand that living a healthy life doesn’t happen overnight; you must work hard 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 overwork. They perform optimally only when they are allowed to rest after working for some time.
This brings us to the all-important question: What do you do to stay healthy? How do you cope with your many duties and responsibilities as a working mother, and not over work your body or break down?
Here are a few tips to help you out
- Let your boss be aware of your 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 earnings role with their wives, and have even redefined what “manhood” means to include caring for children at home and helping their wives with the household chores.
- Eat healthy: Eat well; eat only what is good for your body and what glorifies God (Isaiah 55:2; 1, Corithians 10:31). Eat wholesome food that nourishes you and not just anything which satisfies your hunger. As much as possible, avoid fast foods-snacks, eggs and carbonated drinks-and ensure fruits and vegetables are a regular feature in your menu.
Also cultivate the habit of eating balanced diets; don’t skip meals;and don’t stay too long before eating. Moreover, reduce salt intake because excess 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 enough 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 lower blood pressure; and one glass of water before going to bed helps avoid a stroke or a heart attack.
- 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 not true. You must make a conscious effort to exercise yourself, especially in the morning, before going out, and at night before breakfast, or after dinner. As for your weight loss goals, lots of exercises can address this. Also, physical exercise reduces several cardiovascular risks, which include high blood pressure and heart attack; boosts mental health; helps to manage stress, anxiety and even depression; helps to maintain physical fitness and a healthy weight; reduces the risk of diabetes and surgical risks; strengthens the immune system.