Do you feel happy and joyful most of the time? Or consistently exhausted and overwhelmed?
Are you in good enough shape to bike, run and chase your children around?
I have spoken with so many families this month who are in the position of having too many things to do, too little time…and what frequently suffers is the basic need of the body and soul for health. Sleep, cooking from scratch, having time to relax and rest, time to exercise, time to just BE can all be really difficult to come by when you have small children, (and I think especially when one is homeschooling and has small children about all the time). There is no turning a walk into an aerobic exercise with a small child in tow who wants to stop and examine every cute little ant on the ground. That is just the reality!
But, the other reality is that one cannot neglect one’s health for years on end either. Some mothers seem to have this idea that if they can just wait until their youngest child is “X” age, then this is when their family will be getting into shape and will take better care of their health then.
My husband and I are working on revolutionizing our family life this year toward even better health. We have always been fairly health conscious in terms of our food, using alternative health care, getting outside daily, not watching media (which is time you could spend in getting outside!), but this year we really wanted to put some specific things into place. And sometimes that is hard, because we are apart most of the week, every week, all year long due to my husband’s work. It is harder to urge each other on to do healthy things, like exercising without the children, when you are not even together to support each other in person! So, here are some things we are trying: Continue reading