One of the most important things you can do as a mom is to take care of yourself. It’s easy to get so wrapped up in your kids’ lives that you let you go by the wayside. Although it’s important to love, appreciate, and encourage your children, doing the same for yourself is just as important. In fact, taking care of your health is vital—it’ll help you take better care of your kids, give you increased energy for the future, and so much more.
Moreover, one of the most important things you can do as a human is to take care of the planet. As we said, it’s easy to get wrapped up in our kids’ lives, and all the other things we have going on around us, but we often forget how essential it is to take care of the planet on which we live, as well. If you want to make some changes to your routine, take a look at these healthy lifestyle changes that are good for the planet too. These small changes will keep you, your kids, and the Earth healthy – so try them out!
Filter Out Processed and Packaged Foods
The food you eat leads to dietary habits for your family, so make sure you’re making healthy choices. Instead of relying on convenience items, you can introduce a few different healthier food choices to your diet that are good for both your nutrition and the planet. Here, you could cut out meat altogether and go plant-based, or start a Meatless Monday tradition for the family. Another big tip here is to cut out processed and packaged foods as often as possible. I understand that going cold-turkey may be hard – us mommas are busy. But when you can, head to the farmer’s market, pick from your own garden or limit your packaged foods.
Donate Clothes and Declutter Your Home
You’re probably wondering how donating clothes is good for your health. The truth is that a lot of people—mothers or not—deal with a lot of clutter, and that clutter often comes from their closets and other small spaces in the home. Too much clutter isn’t good for organization purposes, and it’s also detrimental to the organization of your mind. Help out your mental health a bit by donating some of your clutter—tons of items can be donated to charity, helping out people in need and keeping clothes from filling up landfills.
Once you’ve donated your clothes and other extra household items, your home should get back to a clutter-free state. The more often you maintain that state, the better your mental space and personal space will be. Plus, in the meantime, you’ll be helping out the planet and people in need.
Walk More and Drive Less
We’ve discussed some changes you can implement to help your mental and nutritional health. Now we’ll discuss an important lifestyle shift for your physical health. When you can, walk more and drive less. Sure, you might not be able to walk the commute to work, but you can definitely walk any shorter trips. As a mom, you may find you don’t have much time to get in your exercise—luckily, biking as a family to get frozen yogurt or walking to the grocery store will do just the trick. Better yet, you’ll really affect the planet for the better when you cut out using your gas-guzzler. See what an impact you can make when you make a few of these simple changes!