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Not too long ago I was drowning in motherhood and all that entails with a couple toddlers in tow. At the same time I was drowning in a new business I wanted so desperately to be successful. I stayed afloat enough to get the kids fed, to school and activities, and their doctors appointments. My house? Just ask my husband where that was on my list of things needing to be done. Over time, I have figured things out. Especially when it comes to my family’s wellness. Which is why I’m really excited to share with you what I’ve learned about how to take care of your family’s health.
Since the beginning, my husband and I have been lucky enough to have relatively flexible schedules. This can be both good and bad. I remember coming out of the fog of having a newborn around 4 weeks and scheduled a hair appointment. My husband had plans to be with kids and all was good. But then it wasn’t. Something came up at work and he had to go. So being naive in motherhood (yes, I am aware this was number 2) with a month old and a two year old and not wanting to miss my appointment, I took them. What could go wrong?
Well postpartum hair is weird and I had a ton (thanks hormones) and we were there for six hours. And this folks, was officially the last appointment I went on for myself for years.
I remember looking in the mirror one day and saw nothing but grey roots staring back at me. It dawned on me that all the little things I put to the side to make sure my family was taken care of had caught up to me. While I had been taking care of everyone else’s needs, I had been neglecting mine. From hair appointments, gym appointments, and most importantly doctor appointments there was always something else that would take precedence. I would need to reschedule and then forgot. I’m pretty sure each of you can relate to this, because this is just what us moms do. We make sure everyone else’s needs are met before we attempt to have ours met. But it’s time we change this narrative.
Finding time to make our needs a priority is so hard to do sometimes. I totally get it. Between having to find child care or the thought of having to drag kids around to appointments is daunting, but it is so very important. In order for us mommas to be able to keep wearing all the hats we wear, we need to make sure we are taking care of ourselves first. How does the old saying go, “you can’t pour from an empty cup.”
How to Take Care of Our Family’s Health…and Our Own Health Too!
An achievable and impactful way mom can take care of her health is by getting an annual eye exam. Eye exams can detect early signs of serious health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, autoimmune disorders, and certain types of cancers. Now before you mention that your SAHM or self-employed gig doesn’t have the best of benefits, I want to let you in on a little secret. VSP Individual Vision Plans helps in saving money while giving you the peace of mind to take care of you and your family’s health. So maybe you are self-employed or part-time or your family is looking for an affordable option for vision coverage, VSP has plans starting at as low as $13 a month.
The reality is we’re all doing the best we can for our families but let’s not forget, that includes us moms. Your kids deserve the best version of you. And you deserve to see this beautiful life with clarity. Good vision health and wellness sets me and my family up for success.
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How have you chosen to take care of your family’s health? Share in a comment below!