I’m not sure when I thought I could master the art of juggling. I don’t mean the kind where you juggle 3 balls in the air. This kind of juggling I’m doing is a lot harder.
It’s the kind where you toss endless responsibilities into the air, (work, bills, kids to name a few) and try to carefully catch each one as they descend. Not letting a single item hit the ground.
The thing is, you lose yourself in this process.
Being a naturopathic doctor and birth doula, and a mama to 3 little kids, I tried this for so long. Running from one place to the next, making lunches, planning play dates, booking patients, and helping new mamas meet their precious little ones in the middle of the night.
How To Nourish Your Motherhood
I love what I do, but I needed to find some balance. I realized I need to practice what I preach, and wanted to share with you a few simple things (simple is good, right?!) that all mamas can do to help nourish themselves, to manage stress and promote a sense of calm.
Eat healthy food
Stick to a real food diet that minimizes packaged or processed food. It’s easy to grab a granola bar or bag of chips when you are hungry and on the go, but we also know those foods won’t make us feel better. They are full of sugar, salt, and lack nutrients.
Aim for foods that are simple and easy to eat. Grab an apple, a handful of nuts, or the bag of baby carrots and a container of hummus.
Make it your goal to eat a cup of dark green vegetable per day, munch on the prewashed spinach out of the container.
Make it easy to eat well. Begin by stocking your fridge and pantry with healthy food. When our bodies are fueled with good nutrients it helps us power through the tasks at hand.
Drink herbal teas
I love tea blends. You can go to a health food store and pick up a variety of loose herbs, sift them together in a large bowl and store them in a glass mason jar. Each night, fill a tea ball of your blend and make a relaxing cup of herbal tea.
You can also buy already prepared blends if that is easier. Some of my favourites are chamomile, oatstraw, lavender, and nettle. These teas are nutritive, rich in vitamins and minerals, which are in high demands when your body is stressed, and they help calm the nervous system.
Find something you like and just do it. It might be something simple as walking, going to a yoga class, or hitting the gym. It can be anything you like, the key is to find something you enjoy and move your body. I hit a yoga class and have a tennis lesson once a week.
I mark it in my calendar and make it a priority. Exercise calms the mind, releases endorphins (happy hormones), and keeps your blood and energy moving at a time when things feel hectic.
Our adrenal glands support our bodies in times of stress, and when there is a lot to juggle our adrenals need some help. A simple B-Complex taken daily can help maintain energy levels and keep us balanced in stressful time.
Ashwagandha is an ayurvedic herb that relaxes the nervous system and supports the adrenals. There are so many natural remedies for the adrenals so ask an expert for what is best for you.
Learn to let things go
We try to be the perfect parent, spouse, employee, boss, friend etc…. I think we can be all those things and not push ourselves beyond our limit. We can learn to nourish and love ourselves. Perhaps we can practice the art of not being the perfect juggler, and realize it’s ok.