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Tips for a Balanced New Year

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Wellness Expert Jen Joas offers tips to ensure 2014 is filled with confidence and a balanced lifestyle.

We all have so much to juggle. Whether we are running to the grocery store to replenish the hummus, dropping off a youngster at day-care, fitting in a Pilates class, or whipping up a tasty dinner for the family, finding balance amidst the chaos can be a challenge. With a new year comes new resolutions and a chance to take control of your schedule, set limits, and compromise to create a more stress-free (and fun!) lifestyle. UrbanHalo founder Jen Joas offers helpful tips to take control of 2014 and maintain a healthy body and soul.

Jen Joas knows exactly how it feels to be up to your head in tasks. Below are words of advice that can help everyone strengthen marital bonds, center themselves, and reclaim a sense of normalcy as they adjust to new priorities in the upcoming year:

Suggestions For A Healthier And More Balanced You

  1. Schedule “Me” time – Whether its your first time or have multiple kids, dogs or jobs, you know adding a new thing to your routine changes everything. The schedule takes over the hum of the household. Making time for you can be challenging, but it can be done! And if you’re a parent of school-aged kids, you know how much time is spent driving kids to activities and appointments. Make time each week for some down time where you can recharge and revitalize yourself. Take a class on that hobby you enjoy or indulge in a bubble bath and a good book. Nurturing the soul is as vital to motherhood as caring for your new baby. Ask Grandma or a good friend to babysit so you find moments to truly relax.
  2. Eat Healthy – Eating right takes a conscious effort and time to plan. A clean diet and proper nutrition are recipes for success! You need to fuel your body with healthy foods to keep your stamina and health at optimum levels. If you have a picky eater, you can model good eating habits by packaging ziplocs of raw fruits and vegetables as “fast food” that you can grab and go with your busy schedule. Key to know is that the less you handle foods in the cooking process the more vitamin-rich they are. Grill and broil meats when possible and keep lots of greens and nuts on hand for a quick pick-me-up. Remember, carbohydrates will make you feel lethargic so keep those to a minimum. And of course, drink plenty of water!
  3. Date Night – As your family expands and the kids grow older, make reigniting the romance in your marriage a top priority. Even if you can’t rendezvous with your partner as often as you used too, it is important to schedule time for the two of you bond. Making your loved one feel important and needed in your life will help them adjust to your new family dynamic, and increase their attraction for you.
  4. Learn to Say “No” – It is so much simpler to say “yes” to every opportunity that comes calling, however, learning to say “no” is an essential skill you will want to acquire. Besides your daily routine of taking care of the kids and the household, your days will also be filled with dentist appointments, play dates, extra curricular activities, volunteering at the school and possibly going back to work. There are all kinds of worthy causes to say “yes” to, but it is prudent to be selective about activities you choose to commit to. Friends and family will understand if you have to occasionally say “no” to keep your sanity in check.
  5. Exercise – When you’re sleep-deprived, the last thing you want to attempt is a good workout. However, exercise is an excellent way to release endorphins and increase your energy. Taking the kids or dogs for a walk around the block, bike-riding, or wrestling with them on the floor can be an outstanding way for you and the kids to get your blood pumping, boost your heart rate, and spend quality time together. Include other moms in your neighborhood and get some socializing in at the same time. Having kids can make it tough to squeeze in a full workout, but even 10-15 minutes of activity three times a week can benefit your physical and emotional wellbeing. Not only will you be burning off stress and increasing your energy level, but you’ll be maintaining your fitness at the same time!

So ladies, put on your stylish Halo and get a kick-start on a healthy lifestyle while ringing in the New Year!

Tips by Jen Joas:
Jen Joas, Wellness In Parenting Expert and mom, offers her words of wisdom for busy, hard-working moms. Jen Joas is the founder of UrbanHalo, fun and flirty headbands that are as practical as they are stylish for on-the-go and trendy moms. Jen is well-rounded on all subjects when it comes to mind and body health. She educates from a mother’s perspective on topics such as finding “me-time,” strengthening marital bonds, balancing activities in a healthy way, and making time for work and play, exercise, proper rest. To keep up-to-date on news and upcoming UrbanHalo products, visit their website and like them on Facebook.

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