I am sure you’ve heard that February is the Heart Health month. It is all over TV, radio, and the Internet. But do you really do anything different this month? We are moms and we are in a tough spot, because we always put everyone else ahead of ourselves. I remember growing up a very independent and strong willed child, but now I compromise 50 times a day without even thinking about it twice. We give, give, give all day long and the only thing we wish to receive back is a sign of appreciation, a smile, a hug…
I am sure as you’re going through these questions, you’ve noticed that a major factor for heart problems is caused by neglecting your body and your needs. Maybe this year we need to take the Heart Month serious and investigate what little steps we can take now to benefit our heart health. Maybe this month we will put ourselves back on the priority list and learn to do things for ourselves and continue doing them throughout the year.
Wrong food creates many heart health problems. As convenient as fast food might look, there are healthier last minute options you can come up with. Get a pre-packaged salad and look for healthy frozen entries. This kind of dinner can be assembled in a matter of minutes and will cost about $10-20 for the whole family.
Start walking or running in the morning. If you have a dog, take him/her for a walk instead of just opening a backyard door. Start measuring your progress with a pedometer and find other ways to sneak physical activities into your life. I found few people at work that joined me for lunch walks – it gave us a chance to get out of the office and do something productive for ourselves.
Most of us probably take vitamins, but neglect to take care of the skin. Besides being the largest organ of your body, skin is also the only organ that is exposed to the extreme weather conditions. I’ve taken good care of my kids’ cheeks and lips this winter and completely neglected my own needs (this is a mistake one should not be making if living in the Windy City). While shopping at the Sam’s Club, I found NIVEA Daily Lotion with long lasting moisture. What attracted me was that NIVEA’s exclusive Hydra IQ technology supports skin’s own hydration network to unleash deep, non-stop moisture that lasts more than 24 hours. It felt thick to touch, not watery, and made me feel like my skin is covered by a blanket.
The pump helped me portion the amount of lotion I get every time. Few applications later dry hands felt better and I decided to share my new lotion with the kids. Since the price for the double pack at Sam’s Club is very budget friendly, I also took the a bottle to work (since that’s where spend most of my day).
Take a long relaxing bath. It can only take 10-15 minutes, but it will for sure change the way you feel. Spend 10 minutes with a cup of tea and a book under your favorite cozy blanket. Spoil yourself with a piece of dark chocolate and enjoy every bit of it.
Growing up I was always slightly irritated when I had to shop for the gifts for Mom. Anytime I asked my mother what she wanted for her birthday, she would always say, “Nothing. Your health and happiness is the best gift a mother could wish for.” I could never understand that. One year I didn’t get her anything and obviously she was very upset with me. “Way to go on mixed messages, Mom!” Now I am a mom and just starting to understand what my mom really meant to say – “Anything you get will warm my heart, because it will show me that you care.”Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This content has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Beiersdorf for NIVEA. #NIVEAMoments #CBias #SocialFabric All opinions are my own.