Loving yourself through divorce encompasses all areas of your life from managing your emotions to self-care and exercise. Refocusing on your health and wellness is a great way to increase your energy and confidence during divorce. I invited Rachel Aldrich Rader to share some tips on how you can create an exercise plan that is in alignment with who you are. She has great advice to help you stress less about exercise and help you create a unique plan that brings results.
As a young mom wanting to “get my body back” I thought exercise was the thing...
“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” ― Michael Pollan
Divorce is a very stressful time to say the least. And what do we do when we are stressed? If you said "throw all the sweet treats away and hop on the treadmill" then you are a super woman and should start some sort of class or something. I think most of us would say that we tend to eat comfort foods when we are stressed and any fitness plans we may have been working towards are thrown out the window.
One way to Love Yourself Through Divorce is to use this time to take care of yourself by ea...
"You should never sacrifice three things: your family, your heart, and your dignity."
I hear all too often a version of this phrase, "Well, you know, as a single mom, I have to sacrifice a lot." I get sad and frustrated every time I hear this. I wrote a post called 10 Ways To Feel Rich Today and listed ways you can pamper yourself and feel wealthy in spite of all that you sacrifice. But then I got to thinking, “Hey, why should a single mom be expected to sacrifice more than a mom who is coupled?”
There are people who have money and people who are rich. -- Coco Chanel
Being a single mom means you have and will continue to make sacrifices for your kids. But it doesn't mean you must sacrifice everything. Yes, we single moms have a tight budget. Yes, we are running around like headless chicken half the time. Yes, we barely have time to shave our legs let alone bask in the sun at the beach. However, despite what people might think it's essential for a single mom to enjoy luxuries and it’s not that expensive.
During the early weeks and months of my separation, I needed exercise and movement like I needed air to breath. I had so much pent-up emotion. Anger and frustration are the hardest emotions for me to manage. Walking was my saving grace.
During my walks, I would work out emotions and plan for the future. My daughter was 1.5 years old at the time and she would fall asleep in her stroller during the walk, so when I got back home I would have about 30 minutes all to myself while she napped. It was a beautiful ritual that I'm sure helped me deal with m...