Every year, on the second Sunday of May, you will see loads of messages, wishes, and quotes on love and care for mothers everywhere. And why should it not be, after all, it’s International Mother’s Day. This year it is on 12th May. It is that one day in the year which is solely dedicated to mothers where kids shower happiness on their moms with gifts, sweets, flowers, and surprises to make it a special day for her. While some gift kitchen set or showpieces, others vote for saree or jewelry to make her mom feel special on this day. But have you ever wondered if these gifts are really a gift she needs?
For every mom, her world revolves around her children and family. Although it might bring her joy to be around her children and fulfill the needs of her family, it goes without saying that it can be exhausting for her. Moms are on 24X7 duty with no weekends, sick days or vacation. But little do they know that ignoring their personal needs and self-neglect can make them feel stressed and worn out, ultimately affecting their overall health. So this Mother’s Day, let’s do our bit to make sure she stays healthy and happy amidst managing a million tasks.
5 Health Tips Every Mom Must Follow
Here are a few health tips, both working and stay-at-home moms, must follow no matter how busy they are!
1. Never Skip Breakfast
My Mom always made sure I eat a healthy breakfast every morning and never leave my place on an empty stomach. She ensures that everyone in the family eats well and leave on time. And if I am not wrong, this is the case with most of us. But have you ever asked your mom if she had breakfast? Never right?
Starting the day with just a cup of tea or coffee is not a healthy way to kickstart the day and nor does skipping breakfast. So from today, do ensure your mom has a healthy breakfast and not skips it. Because breakfast is the most important meal of the day which helps one to stay energetic for the rest of the day.
2. Avoid Junk/Leftover Foods
Moms never leave a stone unturned when it comes to taking care of her kids and family and giving them the best. There are times when your mom eats leftover food and cooks biryani for the entire family. She will eat biscuits during tea time but will pack a box of salad for your snack time. And this becomes a habit which can ruin her health in the long run.
So the next time you go shopping, do not pick those packaged chips or carbonated beverages but make sure she snacks wisely by increasing her intake of fresh fruits and veggies. And yes, do not let her eat stale or leftover food as it not only increases the risk of food contamination but can also have a negative impact on the health by increasing the microbial load and impairing digestion.
3. Exercise Regularly
If you ask your mom to wake you up in the morning for a walk or jogging, she will do so without fail. She will even remind you of your gym days and exercise routine if you ever forget. But when it comes to her health, she never understands the importance of exercising to stay fit. Given the millions of task she has her hands on, she will always have excuses at her end to not exercise. But exercising not only helps in weight loss but also eases stress, improves circulation, releases happy hormones, and boosts immunity. So do make sure she exercises every day.
One of the ways to ensure your mom exercises is to make her your fitness buddy. Go for a morning or evening walk with her. You can even enroll her in a yoga class or plan an activity with her like playing badminton to make sure she stays physically active along with burning some calories.
4. Get Enough Sleep
Your mom may not go to bed till you reach home. Whether you have to catch a flight early in the morning or board a bus late at night, she will be there for you. She’s the one who is the first one to wake up and the last to go to sleep. Whether you had to attend meetings late in the evening or have been out to spend time with friends at night, she will stay awake whatever is the time. So it goes without saying that moms never think about their health but their kid’s health will always be a priority for them. She will start to get things in place for the next day the night before. She will stay awake the whole night and compromise on her sleep and rest if her kids fall ill. But not anymore if you take charge of it.
Let’s make her get her daily dose of sleep and ensure she gets a good night’s sleep by lending a helping hand to complete her chores. Let’s start preparing for our day well in advance and ease the burden from her shoulders so that she can sleep well. Give her a foot massage most often than not to help her ease stress and sleep like a baby.
5. Health Checkups
Your mom may forget to take her medication but always reminds you of your valuables before you head out for work or school. She will never miss out on packing a dozen food boxes for you but never take rest when she feels unwell. She will remind you without fail about your work schedules but not bear in mind about her doctor’s appointment. So instead of giving her gifts that can hardly help her stay healthy on days like this, fix an annual health checkup for her. You can choose packages that offer complete health check-up. You can even book an appointment online @1mg to get tested.
Many a time, moms ignore symptoms such as pain in the chest, fatigue, severe hair loss abdominal pain, frequent headaches or abnormal periods. But this is not the right thing as these symptoms could be a sign of an underlying condition such as anemia, hypothyroidism, or even cancer. So it is important to consult a doctor at the earliest and know the root cause of the symptoms.
So this Mother’s Day, let’s give her the goodness of health by ensuring she eats on time, eats healthy food, makes exercise a part of her routine, gets her daily dose of sleep and most importantly takes care of her own health by never missing any signs and getting a regular health check-up. Because the most important gift you can gift your mom is to make sure she stays fit and healthy. And this is just one step closer to that. Gift her the tips and tricks to take care of her own health this mother’s day because “Mom” we LOVE You!
(The article is reviewed by Dr. Lalit Kanodia, General Physician)