Whether you are a parent to a toddler or a teen, mom commitments can often feel never-ending which often means prioritizing time for yourself and your wellbeing can get pushed to the end of your list.

So, what is the secret to incorporating healthy habits into your daily life while still balancing your day-to-day mom duties? Start small! Consider incorporating some of these habits into your schedule to prioritize your wellness - something that will benefit both you and the entire family.

#1 Get good quality sleep

As a mom with a busy schedule, sleep can often be one of the first things sacrificed. However, getting the right amount of rest is essential for both your physical and mental well-being. Lack of sleep can impact your stress levels, decrease cognitive function, and even weaken your immune system [1]. While the amount recommended can vary from person to person, in general, try for 7-8 hours [2].

How? You're probably familiar with your child's bedtime routine - have you considered establishing your own? Create a calming atmosphere by dimming the lights, avoiding electronics before bed, and reading a few pages of a book to set you up for a good night's sleep.

#2 Follow a balanced diet

Quick convenient meals are often a busy mom's go-to. However, this can often lead to overlooking the nutritional value of your food and neglecting what your body needs to stay healthy! Incorporate a variety of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains - and don’t forget to stay hydrated with an adequate amount of water each day.

How? Trial out some nutritious recipes that are easy to batch cook - this means by putting in the time to make meals now you will save yourself time later on in the week. If your child is a little older, get them involved with the process!

#3 Try out quick, effective movements

Finding time for a workout session longer than 30 minutes might sound impossible but incorporating short, effective workouts into your daily routine can still make a significant difference to your mind and body! High-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts can provide efficient cardiovascular and strength benefits [3].

How? Utilize nap times, early mornings, or quick breaks during the day to squeeze in these time-efficient workouts.

#4 Regularly check in on your health

Dentist appointments, doctor visits, and general wellness check-ups for your children? Never overlooked. When it comes to regularly checking in on your health, you might be guilty of setting it to the side. Don’t forget that making time to regularly check in on your health is crucial for both you and your loved ones. Make the time you schedule to see your doctor a non-negotiable.

How? Try scheduling it for a time when you usually have more breathing room. If this is out of the question, consider checking in around your schedule with LetsGetChecked’s range of women’s health testing options.

#5 Embrace stress-relieving activities

Stress can have a major impact on both your physical and mental well-being which is why, as a busy mom, it’s crucial to prioritize stress management [4]. Incorporate stress-relieving activities into your routine like deep breathing exercises, meditation, or yoga, and try to find moments for self-care - this can be anything from reading your favorite book or taking a warm bath.

How? These activities don’t need to take up too much of your day, most can be done in short intervals throughout your day and can have a positive impact on your stress levels. Remember, taking time for yourself is crucial for a healthy and balanced life!


  1. Nhlbi.nih.gov
  2. Nhlbi.nih.gov
  3. Uclahealth.org
  4. Mayoclinic.org