As a mother, it’s normal to put your family’s needs above your own. But truthfully, that doesn’t help or benefit anyone. Your mental and emotional health takes a serious toll when you continuously burn yourself out for the sake of others. Look at it this way: the people you sacrifice so much of your time for genuinely want you to feel just as cared for and loved as they do. Set aside moments where you can take a step back to solely focus on yourself. During this time, one of the most impacting things to do is to get up and exercise.
Besides its physical benefits, exercise contributes these emotional and mental health benefits.
Staying in the present becomes easier
It’s inevitable for a mother’s easy to overlook how we actually feel, but exercise allows us to remain in the present so that we learn to focus our energy on one single action.
Calm the stress and chaos in the mind
Thanks to physical activity, our levels of cortisol and adrenaline tremendously reduce so that we don’t always feel the need to be in “fight or flight” mode. Furthermore, because exercise lowers stress levels, we are able to think more clearly and sharpen our memory. When one is heavily stressed or overwhelmed, it becomes difficult to prioritize, think rationally, or do anything. Additionally, exercise is a healthy coping method which gives you a natural high – which therefore prevents you from turning to any unhealthy stress-relieving route such as drugs or alcohol.
Boost not only confidence and self-esteem, but develop emotional strength
Besides seeing the physical changes, such as muscle gain or a straighter posture, you will feel empowered with your newfound sense of confidence and high self-esteem. Your appearance and body image improves with the constant hard work put into exercise. Over time you begin to see the minor but significant physical changes that are a result of exercise and can translate that attitude into other areas of your life. If you work hard for a strong body, you will be just as willing to overcome obstacles and stay committed to your obligations.
Get the deep sleep you deserve and need
If there is one thing that mothers need more of, it’s sleep. The most crucial stage of sleep is REM sleep. This is the stage of the sleep cycle where our bodies rebuild cells and rejuvenate our energy. Without that proper recovery period each night, we become more prone to sickness and exhaustion.
Prevent the symptoms of depression
Not only does exercise lift your mood, but the process also prevents you from developing any symptoms of depression. When you’re breaking a sweat, your body triggers the production of dopamine and endorphins – the “happy” chemicals. Without the two, it becomes difficult to reduce our feelings of pain or bounce back from a bad day. Furthermore, finding an exercise that is fulfilling and challenging gives you more motivation to improve in it.
Now, the next time you feel exhausted, stop what you’re doing. Remember that stepping back and taking a moment for yourself is vital to your well-being. There’s never any harm in recharging with the therapeutic benefits of exercise. Your mind and body will thank you! Lastly, remember, you are never “just” a mother. You are a mother, warrior, and a human being with needs just as important as another. You deserve to take care of yourself and always feel your best.
Author Bio: Trevor is part of the content marketing team for Detox Local and a recovering addict & alcoholic who’s been clean and sober for over 5 years. Since his recovery began, he has enjoyed using his talent for words to help spread treatment resources, addiction awareness, and general health knowledge. In his free time, you can find him working with recovering addicts or outside enjoying any type of fitness activity imaginable.