(BPT) - Mothers are the CEO of the home. Organizing schedules, paying the bills, doing food shopping, managing pick-ups and drop-offs, and making sure everyone is healthy is just part of the job. Unfortunately, because they are so busy taking care of others, many moms often put off taking care of themselves or scheduling their own health appointments.
Making your health a priority can help you stay healthy and keep illnesses at bay. Here are a few tips to help:
You harp on the kids about the importance of a good night's sleep, but when it comes to your own sleep, it's often the first thing that's sacrificed. Sleep deprivation is common among moms for a variety of reasons. Make it a priority to get 7 or 8 hours of quality rest each night. Keeping the bedroom quiet, cool, dark and free from the distractions of devices such as cell phones and tablets can help you relax and sleep.
Just like with your kids, proactively seeing a doctor every year can help you tackle health issues head on rather than putting them off until they become a bigger problem. During wellness visits, your doctor will use health indicators like weight, blood pressure and heart rate to screen for common conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Doctors can then recommend treatments to help you stay healthy and feel your best.
Your doctor's treatment plan may include a prescription medication. Doctors advise that it's important to fill and use the medication as prescribed. If you are not insured, or if your health insurance plan doesn't cover the medication you were prescribed, you can check a free prescription savings program called Inside Rx which can help save an average of 40 percent off brand-name and 80 percent off retail on generic medications. Eligibility requirements and a complete list of the medications offered through the program can be found at InsideRx.com.
You meticulously pack your kids' lunches, but when it comes to your own, sometimes you eat whatever you can grab. Eating well helps fuel the body and mind, so skip the junk and instead eat wholesome meals three times a day with healthy snacks in between. Stock the fridge and pantry with healthy foods that are easy to eat on the go and always have nutrient-packed snacks, such as dried fruit or nuts. Meal planning can help everyone enjoy healthy homemade foods throughout the week.
These simple tips will help you prioritize health as you take care of your family, so you can feel your best today and in the future!
• November is National Family Caregivers Month
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