Let’s talk about working moms. And how to stay healthy as a single working mom. Because I hit all those categories. I am a solo mom, who works full-time, and who wants to be healthy. Nah, HAS to be healthy. There’s too much to do each day. I can’t afford to be sick. Know the feeling? Can you relate?? (small sigh) Yeah …. I know you can.
So let’s talk about staying healthy as single, working moms.
Because honestly, most single moms have to work outside the home. Pinterest and blogger-land are full of women who will tell you all about being a single mom and able to work from home, while raising their 3 perfect children – and they will gladly sell you their secret. And … that’s how they are able to stay home and not have to work outside the home. Because you are sending them your money in exchange for their system. Good for them. I am not one of them. Maybe some day I will have a blog that pays me to stay home and write. But this is not that day. Do I sound a little bitter?
But I digress …
Here are a few things that I have found to help me stay healthy and showing up for work:
Hydrate! That’s right … good, old-fashioned water. I start my day with filling a 32-ounce bottle with chilled water from my Brita filtering pitcher in the fridge. I drink most of it on my 30-minute drive to work, and finish the rest at work. I drink it all before lunch, and then refill the bottle at lunch. Right there is 64 ounces of water. Since my days are long, and I have a dinner break as well, I refill AGAIN during my dinner break. So I usually get around 96 ounces of water each day. We all know we should get at least 64 ounces each day, but getting more than that is certainly OK. Water helps with digestion, weight maintenance, etc. These are all important for healthy working moms. If you want to add a little “something” to your water to gain more energy (and who couldn’t use that), consider trying Arbonne’s Energy Fizz Sticks – I love these little guys, as you can see in my post here.
A good multi-vitamin. This is good insurance for us, because we don’t always get all the vitamins and nutrients we need from the food we eat. And helping to keep our immune system fully functional is key to staying healthy. I like the “gummy” kind of vitamins, but the best kind of vitamins I have every used are the Arbonne Women’s Daily Pack vitamins, which you can find out more about in my post here.
Pack a lunch. It’s tempting for me to eat lunch in the café at work, or make a run to the local Burger King or Taco Bell just a few blocks from work. But packing my lunch (and dinner, in my case) not only helps me stay healthy, but saves me money. I pack a simple, healthy lunch in an insulated bag the night before, and have it in the fridge to grab on my way out the door in the morning. My secret is meal prep on Thursday evening (because I work Friday, Saturday and Sunday) to plan meals for the weekend. I hard boil a dozen eggs (I pack them in my lunch, and my daughter likes to snack on them while she is home), cook chicken breasts, and cut up veggies to put in little baggies for my lunch. I also have been known to get the little single-serve containers of humus at Costco to have with my veggies. A small container of ranch dressing is a great option, too. Making sure the fruit basket on the kitchen counter is fully stocked is a must as well. Use your imagination and favorite foods to guide you. If you need a lunch bag, here is a great one for work: Nicole Miller Insulated Lunch Cooler Bag or Fit & Fresh Insulated Lunch Bag
Walk when you can. I like to walk on my lunch and dinner breaks, weather permitting. It’s about a mile around the outside of our campus, and I can make it twice around on my lunch break and once around on my dinner break. That’s 3 miles I can get in, if I stay motivated. If I walk all 3 workdays (sometimes that’s a pretty big “IF”) that’s 9 miles per week. And that’s just exercise at work! I also have a membership at a local gym, and my daughter and I workout there about 3 times each week, Monday through Thursday. Healthy working moms need to exercise. Exercise is key to staying healthy, so fit it in when you can. It also helps you sleep better, lowers blood pressure and keeps your weight stable. These things are important to me. I want to make sure I am around for my daughter for a long time. She depends on me, and I don’t want to let her down.
Delegate when you are able. Make sure you have a good support system, and use them! Parents, siblings, friends, are all good sources of support. They can help out when you need a babysitter if you are working late, or the kids need to be picked up from school early, etc. DO NOT BE A LONE RANGER! Think about setting up a time for the kids to have a playdate with Grandma each week/month; whatever works best for you. Set up a time for the kids to spend the afternoon at a friend’s house once a week so you have some time to yourself to recharge. Then you return the favor.
Know some other single moms? Think about creating a Single Mom’s Support Group. Here is my post about that very thing:
Here are a few other tips from an article I found recently:
It’s not easy being a single mom, let along a SINGLE WORKING-OUTSIDE-THE-HOME MOM. That’s a lot of stress. Holding down a full-time job, and being responsible for taking care of your kiddos and the house, etc. can be draining. We need to make sure we are doing all we can to stay in top form, and remain healthy.
What are some of your tips for healthy working moms? Share them in the comments section below.