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With the holiday season in full force, most of us have been focusing on putting together the best Christmas decorations that we can manage, the most delicious menu we could imagine, and the most exciting gifts that we can purchase.

We do all of this just to see a smile on the faces of our loved ones, and seeing them being so happy makes us forget about all the turmoil and the grueling tasks that we go through to achieve that picture perfect holiday.

However, while having a holiday plans discussion with a friend the other day, both of us realized that no matter how much focus we put on our family during the holiday season, we forget about a key member as well as their wellbeing and health in the process.

We were, of course, talking about ourselves: the mothers and the showrunners of the family who put their needs on the backburner even without realizing it.

And that is where I started thinking about all those times I advised another mom about what she should be doing for self-care and why it is important, while very subconsciously yet clearly refraining myself from taking my own advice.

That discussion led me to talk to other mommy-friends in my circle, and we all came to a stark realization: we look at ourselves through a lens that often tends to ignore us.

In order to not let that perspective take the better of you and make sure that you receive the best self-care just so you could be at your best for your family, here are a few tips that I gathered from those discussions.

Do Not Overwork Yourself

Whether it is the holidays or just any other part of the year, you like any other human being or any other member of your family need to have a balance between work and relaxation. Make sure that you are making a conscious effort to maintain a healthy balance between these aspects and not pushing yourself to exhaustion. Take some time out to rest, just like how you would advise your kid to do in their everyday life.

Do Not Ignore Your Health

Another thing I noticed in those personal discussions is how often we ignore our health and the precautionary measures associated with them. While we get our partners and our kids to regular health screenings, doing so ourselves is often pushed back with to the old “I’ll do it later” ideology. This behavior isn’t just restricted to mommies with a big family either, but also to single moms who push back crucial appointments such as those with a testing clinic. Whatever you do, make sure not to overlook this aspect.

Do Not Prioritize Yourself Too Low

While it is the sign of a good parent to put their children’s needs first before they do anything for themselves, there has to come a point where the line is drawn.

For instance, if you have been working with a problematic car for years in the hopes that you will change it one day while having your partner and kids get newer models year after year, then it is a sign that you are prioritizing yourself too low on the family chain.

Be kind to yourself and make sure that you get equal treatment within the other members of your family.

Do Not Feel Guilty About Working

The thought of being judged about not giving my best to my work while doing so for my family, and not being a good mom to my kids while I exceled at work always nagged me.

It was only recently that I discovered that it wasn’t just me who had gone through a few personal situations on these fronts, but almost all of us do so on a frequent basis – while dads are never held to that standard.

Keep a clear head on your shoulders in order to maintain a healthy work-life balance, and if you have to work hard to achieve a certain place in your career without neglecting your kids even if you cannot be there with them every moment of the day, then do not feel guilty in doing so.

Don’t Be Afraid of Asking for Help

For a surprising number of moms, the thought of being independent in raising their children is so overwhelming that they often tend to refrain themselves from reaching out for help from friends and family. This feeling can often cause us to feel alone, even when we are not alone in doing so. Make sure that you trust your ability to parent your child but also be confident in yourself enough to know exactly when to ask for help.

These easy yet profound approaches could very well go a long way into helping you take care of the one person who needs to take care of others: you. If you are not at your best, then your family gets disrupted. Make sure to exercise some much needed self-love from time to time.

Regardless of age, gender or the social class you belong to, you must have either used electronic cigarettes yourself or at least known someone who enjoys them.

This is because e-cigarettes are known to be an effective way to replace the more unhealthy habit of smoking cigarettes. The habit of using e-cigarettes, or “vaping”, is rising slowly in the U.S. and all over the world due to its advantages against traditional cigarettes.

Around 60 percent of people who now use e-cigarettes used to smoke cigarettes in the past. In fact, many of them still smoke traditional cigarettes.

But they maintain that vaping is helping them taper from the quantity of traditional cigarettes that they used to smoke each day.

Why Are They Becoming Popular Among Parents As a Way to Quit Smoking?

As a parent, you always want the best for your child. And it holds true when you want to quit the harmful habit of smoking that could affect your kids and could influence them to follow it in the future.

But quitting smoking is no easy task. In fact, it is so difficult that about 95 percent of people who try to quit smoking without a proper program fail in achieving their objectives. Nicotine patches can only do so much, since you then miss the habit of “smoking” something.

As e-cigarettes are healthier than traditional cigarettes, they help you get on the path of quitting cigarettes without affecting your health as much as traditional cigarettes do. They also satisfy your mental craving of smoking, without actually having you smoke tobacco.

Sounds too good to be true? It really isn’t.

The liquid or “vape juice” in e-cigarettes does not have tobacco in it. Instead, it is composed of direct nicotine content in addition to other substances such as propylene glycol, glycerin, and flavorings. This saves you from the more harmful properties of the tobacco smoke from traditional cigarettes. But at the same time, it gives you your fair share of nicotine.

This way, they make it easier to taper off of your smoking habit. This is done first by replacing that habit with vaping, and then allowing you to slowly lower your nicotine consumption every day.

All of this contributes to a better way to quit smoking or replace it with a relatively healthier routine. This way, you don’t have to struggle with quitting smoking only to stand back at square one.

That is one of the reasons why e-cigarettes are becoming so popular among parents. If you are a parent who is worried about their smoking habit, then turning to e-cigarettes could help. But before you do so, make sure to consult with your doctor to ensure that it would be a good idea according to your personal health assessment.

There is a new trend in the makeover industry. The good folks over at https://www.theplasticsurgeon.org/ are telling us more and more that new mothers are coming in for all sorts of procedures that improve their quality of life and appearance.

Some people don’t understand and think that maybe plastic surgery is pure vanity. But the fact of the matter is, your mental state is important, and in this often highly competitive world, self-confidence is highly important. Ultimately these procedures should always of course be done for the benefit of the subject in question, and not to please those around them.

This is the reason why mommy makeovers, as they are called, are rapidly gaining in popularity. Let’s be perfectly honest here: having a baby is far from easy and it takes its physical toll on the mother. For many new mommies, nothing is better for them on a psychological than bouncing back quickly and looking like they never had a baby in the first place, although of course baby and all the blessings he or she brings to the family is very much still there!

Every new mommy is different, and every labor and childbirth is very different as well, so there are a range of procedures that can or may be performed or not as part of any given mommy makeover.

Some common procedures new mommies feel are the most useful are: breast lift, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), mini abdominoplasty (mini tummy tuck), and liposuction, to various degrees and as needed. Also, sometimes breast augmentation or reduction is indicated, depending on the individual case at hand.

Perhaps the most common necessary and useful procedure that can be done is a much simpler and less invasive procedure: that of laser skin rejuvenation. This procedure, as its name implies, smooths out the skin using a laser, reducing or even eliminating those famously annoying and unwanted stretch marks and other skin blemishes that may have been caused by the pregnancy labor and childbirth processes. It can be very worth it in cases ranging from major to minor skin issues.

If you’re a new mommy, you may feel one or more of these procedures are right for you. Once again, the important thing is that if you do this, you do it for you yourself and not to please anybody else. But your self-confidence is a thing and that thing is important and should not be denied.

Sure, you’ve heard the old adage: red wine is good for your heart.

Yes, there is certainly some truth to that.

Having said that, there are a myriad of other reasons as to why wine is truly good for you. So, if you’re a wine-lover, sit back and drink in the following five reasons that support wine as being a healthy and enjoyable beverage of choice.

Heart-Healthy

 Red wine, which has long been considered heart-friendly, contains antioxidants that help prevent cardiovascular disease and heart attacks. Since wine increases levels of high-density lipoprotein (also known as HDL cholesterol – the “good” cholesterol), it is considered to be very heart-healthy. Wine also protects against artery damage. What could be better?!

Strong Bones

Sure, you guessed it – drinking milk is not the only way to avoid osteoporosis. In fact, research and studies reveal that consuming wine (in moderation) on a daily basis can result in greater bone mineral density. This is the measure that physicians use to identify bone strength.

Wine Fights Cancer

Interestingly enough, the exact same phenolic compounds that reduce the risks of getting heart disease also slow the growth of breast cancer cells. Furthermore, phenols have also been proven to diminish and even eliminate the growth of prostate cancer cells. Lastly, one particular antioxidant in wine known as “resveratrol” can stop the growth of cells that cause liver cancer.

Drinking Wine = Working Out 

As far-fetched as this may sound, new research reveals that one glass of red wine is equivalent to one hour spent at the gym. Crazy, right? Scientists claim that the aforementioned antioxidant of resveratrol boosts your heart rate and improves muscle performance.

Happiness

This could be the BEST reason of all: drinking wine make you happy! While this may seem obvious, of course, there is actually scientific research to back this up. Recent studies conducted by a team from multiple universities in Spain suggest that consuming wine actually reduces the risk of depression.

It is, of course, important to avoid binge drinking in order to maximize health benefits and to also stick to your normal fitness/eating routines. Furthermore, DUI Attorneys in Gilbert stress the importance of always drinking responsibly. Having said that, this little side benefit is nice to know. You should drink wine in moderation, which can satisfy your palate and supplement your healthy lifestyle.

So, if you’re a wine-lover, consider yourself lucky as you continue to consume wine in moderation and reap the benefits of this wonderful drink.