I watched a video from The Today Show that featured a newly formed conference for women entitled “Healthy Woman’s Forum.” So far, there has only been one conference, but their goal is to hold more across the U.S.
The conference focused on balancing work, marriage and kids, which as most MetroFamily readers know, is no easy feat. This conference focused on women’s health, since that is easily neglected by busy moms. There were speakers who discussed stress management, importance of exercise and how to help women understand the value in recharging her batteries.
Talking to friends and fellow mothers alike, the biggest complaint I hear is, “I wish I had more time for me.” It really doesn’t matter if you are a single mom, stay-at-home or working mom, a mother to one child or to six, time seems to always be against us. The person we most neglect is ourselves and most of the time, we don’t even realize it. I am guilty of that on a regular basis. If my daughter coughs one time, she is in the doctor’s office, but for myself, I have to be coughing up a lung before I finally go. Even as I am typing this, I understand how ridiculous it sounds.
Exercise has been very helpful for my stress management. I’ve found that when I go a couple days without exercising, it really affects my stress level. I have been pretty consistent in riding my stationary bike at least four nights a week. It is wonderful to have it in my house because I can exercise after my daughter goes to bed. I also try to use that time to read, which is one of my most favorite things to do. Those are my two ways of trying to keep my well-being balanced, but I’m always looking to improve myself.
Personally, I would love to see a Healthy Woman’s Forum come to Oklahoma City. I am not sure how to advocate for it, but will certainly do the legwork to find out if that is a possibility. I think that would be a great way for fellow moms to come together and connect on similar struggles. If something like that does come to our great city, I would imagine it would be heavily attended.
How do you recharge your batteries?