Kids are gross. Right?
I mean, they lick things and stick their mucky, germ covered hands inside their mouths. And, if you’re lucky (insert sarcasm emoji here) they hug and kiss you and smother you with all those lovely little germs too.
And yet, we love these sticky little germ mongers anyway. So, how do we, as moms, stay healthy and still smother our kiddos with hugs and kisses? We have to boost our immune systems, that’s how.
When kids get sick it is the worst. But, when mom gets sick… wait! Let’s be real here, you are NOT allowed to get “sick”. There isn’t any time for that. So, we have to be on the defense ladies! We have got to give our bodies every fighting chance we can to ward off whatever bacteria and virus is trying to invade.
But, you’re insanely busy, I get it. So here are some very quick and doable ways to increase your immunity. It is up to you to remind yourself that you are important and that you are a priority and put some of this self care into action. You can do it. I know this because you are a MOM BOSS and it’s time to level up. And, let’s face it, incorporating some of these immune boosting self care practices is going to be a heck of a lot easier than getting sick.
Put Nutrients Into Your Body
No, this does not mean eating the left over chicken nuggets from your kid’s plate ladies!
You’re busy and you have got to give your all every day. Your body needs good nutrition to be able to do this well.
Finding small ways to incorporate more nutrition is key. This can mean adding an extra serving of fruit or veggies each day, hydrating with more water, making sure you get more lean protein or taking quality supplements (and I mean the good ones, not the cheap ones from the grocery store).
Pick one small way to add nutrition to your day and focus on that. As a busy mom I find it overwhelming if I try to do too much at once. So, eat a fruit every day at breakfast, or add a salad each day, or make a fruit smoothie for lunch each day (add a quality protein powder if you want to be an overachiever). Just keep it simple and take it one day at a time. Small changes add up to big things over time.
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You don’t have to “exercise” to get fit. When most of us think of ‘exercise’ we think of organized and committed periods of time usually lasting 30 minutes or longer where we focus 100% on doing exercises. This can be almost impossible for the busy mommy.
So, don’t ‘exercise’, just MOVE. Pop on some music and dance around the house with your kids for five minutes, go on a bike ride or a walk with the kids, play tag with your kids or lie on the floor and give them airplane rides (this is a great quad workout). Or you can have your kids join you as you all do push ups, crunches, lunges and squats. If you were to incorporate a handful of 5 to 10 minute movement periods each day it can add up to some serious fitness benefits for you and your kids.
We are in the midst of a global pandemic, we had to deal with remote learning while juggling work and life, we couldn’t find any dang toilet paper and we have no clue if school will start up again in August. So DE-stressing is not exactly an option right now. Did I just read your mind?
I get it, stress is absurdly high right now. However, if we don’t find a way to curb it it will negatively affect our health.
Stress has a huge negative effect on immunity and now, more than ever, we must incorporate ways to decompress and destress.
Can you carve out 5-10 minutes a day to just BE? Can you wake up a little earlier? Ask your significant other to watch the kids while you take a break? Or plop the kids down in front of a screen for a while so you can take care of you?
Try sitting in silence and focusing on your breathing for 5 minutes. Inhale and fill up your lungs and belly with as much air as you can, hold it in for a count of 3 and then exhale slowly. That’s it, just breathe.
As you master this restful time you can start learning more about meditation and try different practices.
It is also important to pay attention to how you respond to stressors throughout your day. If the kids draw on the wall, the dog pees on the rug, the A/C breaks, or any number of the things that can happen in a day, how do you respond? Pay attention to this for the next few days. Do you fly off the handle? Do you scream and yell and work yourself into a tizzy? Next time something goes a wry try to take deep, calming breaths before you react to these types of stressors. This will help decrease your stress response in your body and help you, and the kids, have a much more joyful day.
Get Those Z’s
The body heals most and your immune system does its best work when you are sleeping so it is important to get proper sleep on a consistent basis. To a mom of young kids this concept can be down right laughable.
I had three kids over a five year period, and then we got a puppy. My life has been one big blur of interrupted sleep for the past 8 years. But, despite many hiccups and set backs, I have continued to strive for quality sleep. We have been trying many different things to help me get more sleep and each week we inch closer to a full night of uninterrupted sleep.
It also helps to have a ‘routine’ before bed – this can be gentle stretching, a hot herbal tea or even some quality melatonin or CBD.
If you can start by just going to bed ten minutes earlier than usual that would be a great start. Turn off Netflix and hit that pillow mama. Your immune system will thank you.
Take Care of Your Gut
Your gut health and your immune system are directly linked. Having a healthy gut full of beneficial bacteria helps to boost your immune system.
You can boost your gut health by eating more fruits and vegetables, consuming less processed foods and foods that trigger allergies, adding foods high in probiotics (like sauerkraut) and/or taking quality probiotics as a supplement.
Taking care of the microbiome in your gut comes with a long list of benefits, but is most critical for boosting your immune system.
I use quality probiotic supplements for myself and the kids. These are a critical part of our immune boosting practice and take practically no time to implement.
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Try implementing one of the above listed immune boosting practices this week. Just one. Then, once you’re rocking that one think about slowly adding more. As a busy mom you do not have time to get sick, you have got to prioritize your immunity for the sake of the family unit. Also, consider getting your kids involved too. Having a sick kid is the pits, so help boost their immune systems too. During our current existence we have got to do everything we can to strengthen our immune systems to fight off illness.
Do you have other immune boosting practices you swear by? I want to hear them. Comment below and share your tips.