This year I have decided that I really want to focus on mums health, not just fitness. As much as I believe fitness is important, it is only one piece of the puzzle when it comes to being healthy and leading a happy life.
One thing I have learned since becoming a mum is that it is soooo important to look after yourself. When you don't look after yourself, then it becomes much harder to look after the rest of your family.
I will give you a perfect example...
My baby boy, Tom, has not been sleeping very well. He has been waking every 45-90mins each night and as a result I haven't been sleeping much because I am up multiple times overnight feeding and settling him back to sleep. This has been going on for 2-3 months. It has been over 6 months now since I've had more than 5hrs sleep in one hit.
As you can imagine, this is completely exhausting. Due to this lack of sleep and fatigue, I found it really hard to plan and cook nutritious meals for me and my husband. Once the two boys were fed, bathed and put to bed I just did not have the energy to cook our dinner. So we were eating take out more than I would prefer and I was just grabbing snacks like biscuits out of the pantry to eat during the day. This had a carry over effect to my immune system. I'm usually a very healthy person and rarely get sick, but due to the lack of sleep and crappy eating, I managed to catch not one, but two viruses on top of each other and was sick, proper sick, for a good three weeks in a row. I cannot remember a time when I was sick for so long.... Plus being ill meant I couldn't exercise either.... LOSING.
So as you can see, it began a snowball effect. Little sleep, bad eating, no exercise and getting sick. What was next? To continue on this path would surely lead to more detriments to my health, not to mention I was starting to store more fat (Bummer!!)
Time to make some changes.
To fix it, I had to address the original problem - SLEEP.
Ok, this wasn't a choice I was making, but it still needed to change. So, I enrolled Tom and I into Sleep School. I'd heard good things from others who had done it, so it was time for me to suck it up, realise I'm not Superwoman and ask for some help.
As I write this, we are Day 3 of sleep school and I cannot tell you how AMAZING it is. The nurses here are absolutely lovely, so patient, knowledgeable and understanding. I have now had more sleep in the last two nights than the last two weeks (I'm not joking). Tom is sleeping so well, hours on end, goes to sleep on his own and can even be resettled to sleep after one 45minute cycle. Am I in some weird parallel universe?? I searched the internet high and low for ways to help him sleep better for his age and really struggled to find an answer that was practical. The techniques they use here are so ridiculously easy, I can't believe I couldn't find it anywhere.... In my next post I'll go over some of those techniques!!
To cut a long story short, as of Day 3 of Sleep School, I feel a million bucks better than when I arrived. I have had some good quality (and quantity) sleep, I've had some quiet time to relax and enjoy with my baby, I feel refreshed and I am motivated to get back into eating well and exercising again when I get home, which I know makes me feel sooooooo good.
Happy Mummy, Happy Family!
This is the first of many posts I will be doing in relation to health, opposed to simply fitness.
Should you be looking closer at YOUR overall health?
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