Let’s face it, some days all we feel like doing is sitting down to binge-watch New Girl for the third time, surrounded by (hopefully healthy) snacks and the remote. If it’s out of your reach, you don’t need it. If the kids are not killing each other or setting fire to anything, you’re happy.
On days like this, it doesn’t matter how much coffee you try to drown yourself in, you’re just not feeling it. And that’s okay. Let the laundry pile up, let the dishes sit in the sink, and let the dust settle. The occasional rest day is good for the soul.
But what happens when those “occasional” days become more routine than your productive days? It’s easy to do, one thing leads to another until suddenly there are tasks from two weeks ago that have yet to be crossed off your to-do list. I have been there, when you feel so far behind that even if you could find the motivation to crack down on that list, you don’t know where you would start.
These days, however, I have been in non-stop “go” mode. I feel productive and accomplished, even on the days when I woke up feeling like all I wanted to do was fall off the wagon with a cozy blanket and a good book, thank you very much.
I can attribute my drive to a handful of secret daily ingredients that I’m going to share with you now. I hope these tips help you in case you find yourself struggling to reach your goals or harness your true potential.
- Find a good fitness routine and stick to it like glue.
Okay, I know what you’re thinking. “Lady, I don’t even want to reach down for that pacifier on the floor, and you want me to touch my toes for fun?” But hear me out! There is something about working out that clicks your brain into gear. Even if it is just 10 minutes during naptime, I promise you that it will make a difference in your whole day. If you need motivation in this area or are unsure where to start, you can check out my Beachbody coach website at: https://mysite.coach.teambeachbody.com?coachId=1948504&locale=en_US
2 .Eat a healthy breakfast.
Eating healthy all day long is really what I’m all about, but what you eat in the morning has the power to make or break your whole day. DON’T skip breakfast, but definitely DO skip the sugrary cereals, pastrys, white breads, and granola bars. Go for something packed with nutrition and protein, but low on the glycemic index. One of my favorite morning treats are these easy-to-make paleo pancakes! You can find them Here. My toddler loves them, too, and with no need for toppings they are a great make-and-take option for busy mornings.
3. Make yourself a weekly schedule.
I never used to be a schedule person, I took pride in being spontaneous and rarely stuck to a routine. Once I had kids, I discovered that they need a routine and was sort of forced into creating one for our family. Now, I am in love with our schedule and have found that it makes everything just a little bit easier. I am a naturally terrible housewife, but having a weekly cleaning schedule has really helped me stay on top of things at home and when the house is put together, I feel less stressed and more in charge of my day.
4. Drink more water.
You will probably hear me talk about this a lot if you follow my blog, but I can’t stress enough the importance of hydration. As a mom, it is so easy to forget to drink water until it is 6 pm and you realize you haven’t had more than a cup all day. Definitely, don’t skip your morning coffee, I’m not a witch, but try to eliminate other beverages throughout the day in favor of water. Fruit juices, soda, lemonade, and other options do nothing but dehydrate you and leave you feeling lethargic and heavy.
5. Make time for God.
If you don’t currently have prayer and devotion time in your busy schedule, try to make room for it. You will be surprised at how refreshing it is for the soul. Sometimes I just pray for the drive that I don’t feel, and what do you know? Everything gets done. Even if your prayer time is while you’re driving the car, you will feel a renewed sense of purpose when you have those silent conversations with Him.
Remember, sometimes a lazy day is good for your health. But if you find that you can’t pull yourself up off the couch, and it is becoming a problem, it could be depression. If that is a possibility for you, first PRAY, then don’t be afraid to reach out to a loved one for help. You can’t take care of your sweet babies if you don’t first take care of yourself.
I hope you will have found some inspiration in this to get up and get after those goals!
Fit Mom Frahm