Happy Mother’s Day! I can’t help thinking about all the things you do for us and how you always put us first. Somehow, you manage to get everything done and make it look easy. But, I wonder, are you doing as well taking care of yourself?
Being treated well just one day a year doesn’t seem quite enough. If I could give you just one thing for Mother’s Day it would be the permission to treat yourself well every day. There is always something to be done; yet, nothing is more important to us than you and your health.
How often do you rush around to get one more load of laundry done rather than relaxing at the end of the day? Please take time in the evening to just relax and reflect on the goodness in your day. The time you spend reading, having a cup of tea or enjoying a piece of chocolate will help relieve your stress and keep you sane. Your health and sanity are more important to us than clean clothes.
How often do you goad your family and even your friends to see the doctor, but put off going yourself? Please take the time to make an appointment with your doctor. Have the annual exam, schedule the mammogram and even the colonoscopy. Make sure you find out if your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar are where they should be. You can’t prevent what you don’t understand. Who will make sure we go to the doctor if you aren’t here to nag us?
How often to do make sure everyone has what they need, but wind up skipping a meal or grabbing something not-so-healthy on the run? Please take the time to feed yourself well and be active to ward off any problems in the future. The quality of your life is fueled by what you feed your body. Give yourself the best, because we need your best.
You are the heart of our family. Without you our family would crumble. Take care of yourself, take care of your heart and be with us for along time. We need you around more than we need anything you can do today!
I love you Mom.
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Eliz Greene is the Busy Woman’s Guide to a Health. Drawing on her experience surviving a massive heart attack while seven-months pregnant with twins, struggling to lose the 80 pounds gained during her pregnancy, and her background as an adaptive movement specialist, Eliz developed simple strategies and tips to help other busy women be more active, eat better and manage your stress.
As the Director of the Embrace Your Heart Wellness Initiative, Eliz travels the country energizing and inspiring audiences in keynotes and workshops on women’s heart health. She writes one of the top 100 health and wellness blogs. Find more at www.EmbraceYourHeart.com.