"It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it."
- Lou Holtz
Back in June, before we really started pimping Little Mother's Helper out and headed towards our launch on Kickstarter life felt a little heavy. I wasn't training my body per usual since I'm not racing this summer, the food I was eating wasn't helping me out, and something in my soul needed a jumpstart.
I was stressed and it was weighing me down. These were the three things I did to reboot my system:
1. Ate a whole food, clean diet for 30 days that included a 10-day cleanse.
What’s the big hype about eating clean? When we decrease sugars, dairy, refined and processed foods, alcohol, and caffeine from our diet we give our digestive system a break.
What happens when you eat clean?
- You calm down.
- You get the energy you need to focus and manage your day.
- You feel mentally clear.
- It’s easier to lose weight.
When you feel overwhelmed, anxious, or moody, reach for clean food--eating clean makes you feel good!
*If you are breastfeeding it’s suggested to eat 300 to 350 more calories than your usual diet per day. It helps to eat something every 2 hours.
ps...if you forget to eat, your body can mimic symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks. Remember to eat before your stomach starts grumbling.
2. Started going to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time.
That may sound impossible if you have a newborn. But for most new moms, the one thing that improves the crazy you feel as sleep deprivation sets in is to sleep when the baby sleeps - this includes one-eyed open catnaps.
A great rule of thumb during the first 3 months of motherhood is: sleep when the baby sleeps. When your baby naps, so do you.
If you need to call in support--like grandma, a babysitter, nanny, or friend to help with toddlers--do it! The more sleep reserves you can build, the better your mood and mental health.
Got sleepers in your life? Reset your clock and nervous system by going to bed at the same time each night and waking up at the same time each day - even on the weekends. After a few weeks of consistency, then take a day on the weekend to sleep in if you can. Your body will reset after three weeks.
3. Started playing more!
Simple as that...I started seeing my friends more, going to the lake and playing, doing more of the things I love with the people I love in the places I love.
Ok, now I have to go get cupcakes for a party...I know not clean, but there's equanimity to life and that's the special sauce that's really taught me to lighten up the past few weeks.
Now your turn...what helps you lighten your load when you realize you're carrying too much? Tell us in the comments below.
On LMH, Rebecca, we're tickled pink by all of your support! Because of so many of you, we're closer to our goal. It's SO cool!
We still have miles to go. Your help, today, at any level helps us get one step closer to getting LMH into the hands of moms everywhere.
It means everything to have your support and backing the project. Please share it with your girl crushes and gangs when you do -- whether in person or online!
Don't forget to tag us when you do with #littlemothershelper. We'll see you out there!
Big love and big respect. Have a lovely week!