In honor of Mother’s Day (and Women’s Health Week), take some time to put yourself first. Many of us wear multiple hats- wife, mom, co-worker, manager, sister, friend, daughter. We’re pulled in way too many directions and it can take its toll on our health. Below are a few reminders to s l o w down and just BE:

1. Make time for a real meal. Admit it- many of your “meals” are in the car, at your desk or off your kids’ plate. Take a minute to think about where your food came from. Chew it. Taste it. Enjoy it!

2. Go to bed! As women, we’re always tempted to do “just one more thing” before hitting the hay. Lack of sleep (<7 hours) not only wrecks your skin, but can also raise cortisol (a stress hormone that's linked with diabetes, obesity and heart disease). Poor sleep can also impact fertility. 3. Drink more water. You hear it all the time, but still wake up dehydrated or feel fatigued in the afternoon. Buy yourself a water bottle or “sippy cup” with a straw. This may make it easier to consume more water. Aim for 8 cups (2 liters) per day.

4. Limit caffeine. While I love a good cup (or two) of Joe in the morning, sipping on coffee, energy drinks or diet soda all day may lead to dehydration and insomnia. Switch to decaf after 2:00 and try seltzer water if you like carbonated beverages.

5. Make peace with your body. Quit comparing yourself to friends and neighbors. We’ve all got beautiful traits to celebrate- strong arms, supple skin, expressive eyes, baby-baring hips! Stop the negative self-talk and say something positive about yourself EVERY DAY. You may be surprised at how good it makes you feel.

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