Reactivation for Mothers
As a mom, it's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day demands of modern motherhood. Between preparing meals, helping with homework, working, and running errands, it can feel like there's no time left for yourself. However, remember that taking care of YOU is just as important as caring for your family. You deserve the same love and attention you so easily give to others. Dr. Kayla has provided her best tips for reclaiming your energy, body, and time for yourself.
Regain Your Energy
Motherhood can be exhausting, leaving you feeling depleted and tired. While getting enough sleep is important, your diet also plays a critical role in your energy levels.
Unfortunately, many women focus on calorie restriction and fasting, neglecting the body's fundamental demands. Adequate protein intake is essential for maintaining your energy levels. Most women should aim to consume around 100 grams of protein per day.
Prioritizing protein in your meals and snacks can help stabilize your blood sugar levels, keep you feeling fuller for longer, and even promote weight loss over time. In addition, protein is a key building block for collagen, which gives skin its strength and elasticity. As collagen production naturally slows down with age, consuming protein-rich foods can help stimulate collagen production, leading to more youthful-looking skin.
Keep in mind, motherhood requires not only physical fuel to get through the week but also energetic reinforcement to prevent feeling completely drained. A stillness practice can help to recalibrate your energy and maintain a calm, level setpoint. Tools such as meditation, prayer, and flower essences can help to clear the static that surrounds your body and clouds your busy mind. Remember, meeting your body's nutritional and energetic needs are vital for replenishing your energy reserves and caring for yourself as a mother.
A Body You Love and Recognize
Pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood bring about significant changes to a woman's body. While it's important to honor this process, it's also desirable to maintain the strength and beauty of the female physique. Meeting the nutritional goals for protein along with daily movement can help support your feminine body. Prioritize movement and exercise, whether it's a simple walk, hike, or yoga class. Keep in mind that weight training is likely necessary to see desired aesthetic results. You don't need a trainer or gym membership; there are many virtual classes that use simple weights at home.
Taking care of your musculoskeletal system not only supports a healthy body composition but also facilitates lymph drainage. Movement helps to keep our lymphatic system from becoming sluggish. When we are more sedentary, lymphatic fluid can accumulate and contribute to swelling that gives us a sense of puffiness in our extremities, midsection, and face. So, do your body and intricate lymphatic system a favor by committing to daily exercise or movement.
Precious Time for Yourself
You might be acutely aware of the need for time alone, or crave a break from the chaos. It's important to prioritize time for yourself, even if it's just a few minutes each day. Look for small windows of flexibility in your schedule and get creative in finding ways to take a break. Avoid filling those moments with unnecessary busywork or mindless scrolling on your phone.
If finding extra time feels impossible, try transforming your established routines into indulgent beauty practices or nourishing rituals. For example, don’t just shower and wash your face. Instead, apply a mask, take a bath with salts, then massage in your favorite face and body care products. Turn your morning coffee into a quiet moment of reflection and add collagen and flower essence. In embracing these simple practices, remember to eliminate the need for justification and ask for help if needed.
Consistent adherence to these healthful practices can lead to a total transformation and restore your vitality. Remember, self-care is essential and never selfish. You deserve to have your energy and body back, along with the pieces of you that were forgotten while mothering to your fullest. However, attempting to make these changes alone can be overwhelming. Good intentions and self-motivation are just a part of the puzzle. It's likely that you'll need support to fully reclaim your energy, body, and sense of self.
If you're looking for personalized group support in your current stage of motherhood, consider joining Dr. Kayla's Mom's Revival 3-month Virtual Group Coaching. The program provides virtual education and check-ins throughout the week to keep your progress moving forward, questions answered, a sense accountability and ultimately success. Click here to get more information and sign up now.
As a licensed Naturopathic Physician & a practitioner in the field of regenerative medicine, Dr. Eckart utilizes both natural therapies, as well as conventional treatment options for a complete & holistic approach to health & wellness.
Your Starter Mother’s Revival Checklist
- Eat more Proteins!
- Aim for 100 grams a day.
- Focus on clean (free-range/organic) animal-based protein: beef, chicken, wild caught salmon and eggs from pasture raised hens.
- Dairy such as cottage cheese and Greek yogurt can also be a good source of protein.
- Establish an Inner Stillness Practice
- Meditation and prayers
- Flower essences with positive affirmations
- Move Daily
- Try to move your body every day, a simply walk will do.
- Incorporate more moderate physical activity (get your heart rate up and sweating) at least 3 times a week. Weight training can often yield the result.
- Time for Yourself
- Schedule brief breaks during your day.
- Try not to max out your schedule.
- Transform your simple routines into self-care rituals