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{Lessons Learned} Running Makes Me a Better Mommy

Over the last 3 days as I have been slowly trying to get back into running, I have been reminded of an important realization.  I am a better Mommy when I run. 

There are the most obvious reasons.  It gets/keeps me in shape.  It makes me healthier.  It is a great example for my boys.

However, there are other reasons why running makes me a better mommy.  For one, it gets us out of the house, even during the cold winter months.  There have been times, especially during the winter when we don’t get outside.  Which is not good for anyone.  I go stir crazy. I go stir crazy.  It isn’t good for anyone.  So running makes us get out of the house since the only place for me to run is outside.

Secondly, it gives me energy.  I know it sounds crazy, you think running is going to make you tired, but honestly it gives me more energy.  Over the last three days, I have not felt the need to have some caffeine, which has been something that I have struggling with lately.

Lastly, it relaxes me and gives me the endorphin high that I need to make it through the day with my three young boys.  A relaxed mommy deals much better with the messes, the whining and the constant chaos that happens in a house with three boys under 5.  Also, the endorphin high just makes me happier overall.  And everyone knows when Mommy is happy, everyone is happy.

I know I have written a post on this topic many times, but for some reason I keep forgetting this, especially when things get really busy or stressful.  However, if I would remember this, during the tough times, I wouldn’t be as stressed.

I don’t like making New Year’s Resolutions, but maybe I should make sure that I remind myself of this every day.  Actually I just wrote a post it note to remind myself to go run.  This is the one thing that I am going to make sure I do for myself this year.

What are you doing for yourself this year?

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