Wellness & Self

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3 Ways to Have a Momcation in 2022

We touched on this topic back in BC (before-covid times), way before we could have ever anticipated the need for the momcation of all momcations! And if you happened to miss it – TL;DR – here’s the short and sweet

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Healthy Recipe Alternatives for Backyard BBQ Favorites

Don’t worry, mama – if you’re looking to make your summer cooking as healthy as possible, consider alternatives that reduce added sugars and refined grains.

Here’s why:

Added sugars increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and a number of other chronic health problems.
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health also guides against eating highly processed, refined grains, such as white bread. The more refined a grain, the lower the nutrient content, while unprocessed, whole grains actually help fight diseases in our bodies.

If all of this seems daunting, don’t fret! As you’re preparing for your next outdoor gathering, consider some of these healthy – and easy – substitutes for your normal BBQ recipes.

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How to Reduce Muscle Pain and Inflammation from Summer Workouts

When we exercise in the heat, our core temperature increases faster and our body has to work harder to regulate our core temperature. The result is that we sweat more, which means our bodies are losing nutrients faster, leading to muscle pain, cramps, and, possibly, heat exhaustion.

What you do before, during, and after your summer workouts can make all the difference in your muscle pain and joint inflammation.

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4 Ways to Show Your Skin You Care

A simple form of self-care during this strange time is in how you care for your skin. With so many businesses closed, especially those offering indulgent services like pedicures and facials, my husband and I have implemented a new weekly activity – spa Saturday (or Sunday, depending on how the weekend goes).

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4 Areas to Identify Self-Doubt in Your Life

For the most part, I would consider myself a confident person. I believe in what I’m doing, am not overly influenced by the opinions of others and am largely self-motivated. But in recent weeks, I’ve definitely had moments of self-doubt. With three children at home and learning, along with an overwhelming workload courtesy of COVID-19, it is hard to feel good at much. Some days are better than others and some days are just plain HARD.

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5 Ways to Demonstrate Leadership at Work

News of layoffs and furloughs is all around. And you likely know someone who has been affected. It feels like we are always waiting for the next shoe to drop. I was recently on LinkedIn and saw a post from a colleague, a solo practitioner, who is an active voice within the communications and marketing community. He also has a well-read and influential blog. And he shared that he wants to do his part. For him, that means featuring an out-of-work friend or colleague each week on his blog.

And to me, this is true career leadership in this strange time of uncertainty. We must find ways to come together and support each other despite the current remote work situation. This is just one of many opportunities for career leadership today.

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5 Gifts Moms Really NEED for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day 2020 is going to look very different from previous years. Traditions of brunch out, family gatherings, or family outings may not be feasible right now. And even though some places are reopening, the kids and your partner may not be able to get away for their typical shopping trip.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate your journey as a mother!

Consider filling your wish list with some of the gift ideas I’ve shared for a refreshing day – and possibly new traditions for years to come.

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Wine Guilt and the Workin Mama

Whether wine, chocolate, meditation, exercise, or something else is your favorite way to unwind, making space for yourself as a busy, working mom is a must. Check out how I’ve learned to unwind without (or in spite of) mom guilt.

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How to Find Joy on the Hardest Days

Peace of mind seems to have gone out the window with spring break plans, end-of-school celebrations, and a sense of normalcy. If you’re like me, you may often find yourself asking how to find joy in the midst of this crisis, how to hold on to peace when everything seems so uncertain, how to hold on to hope on the hardest of days.

If these thoughts and feelings sound familiar, you’re not alone, mama – and it’s ok to feel this way! But, that doesn’t mean you have to give up on maintaining peace of mind (and sanity!).

Check out some of my go-to strategies for tapping into joy on my hardest days.

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3 Stress Relieving Exercises for the Home Office

Whether your home office is a permanent or temporary setup, these office stretches are great for reducing both stress and anxiety. The best part is, even just two to three minutes of stretching is enough to help your nervous system reset, reduce stress, and give you the energy to tackle whatever is thrown at you next.

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Parenting Children To Be Strong and Resilient Leaders

Every parent wants to instill leadership in their children. From the example, they set the expectations they have; it’s about creating an environment that facilitates opportunities for growth, failure, learning, and accountability. Now that we are spending the majority of our time at home, I see the opportunity.

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6 Tips for Healthy Eating at Home on a Budget

As we adjust to life at home – working from home, learning from home and eating at home – there is a need to be more intentional when it comes to what and how we eat. Simplicity is a good rule when it comes to food. Feeding a family is hard enough. Here are six tips for feeding the family with a focus on healthy eating at home on a budget.

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8 Ways Mindset Fuels Success

A simple change in mindset helped me find success as a teacher, as a step-mom, as a wife, and as a human being. Not the other way around! It wasn’t until I found a mindset of growth that my productivity began to increase and I truly found success.

Find out 8 ways your mindset can fuel success!

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What No One Is Saying About Mental Health & Social Distancing

Today, I’m sharing the areas where I’m prioritizing my own mental health and my family’s too. Mental health has never been more important and I think we all feel it with each passing day. From the sudden transition to working from home to schools closing and the burden of responsibility for much of their education and of course, lives that are suddenly less busy, things feel incredibly out of sorts. But we’ve never needed community and connection more.

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10 Must Read Books for Driven Mamas

My favorite form of self-care and self-love is reading. And let me tell you, I. LOVE. NONFICTION. There, I said it. I am a content junkie. As a working mom, finding time to read can be hard. Thank goodness for Audible. For me, it’s more about the ability to consume, learn and grow.

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5 Female Entrepreneurs Who Paved the Way for Us All

A successful female entrepreneur in a male-dominated industry WHILE being a mom – sounds impossible, right?

What does it take? A motivating vision. Lots of grit. A choice to take the path of persistence. A major helping of perseverance.

Check out the stories of 5 female entrepreneurs who helped pave the way for us all!

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The Top 5 Life Management Hacks for Driven Mompreneurs

I’m a mom of three young girls, a restaurant owner, and a writer. Like so many, I’m seeking life balance or maybe something closer to alignment with my personal values and priorities, but that takes planning and intention. When the list is long and the days are short, planning and intention can feel like a burden, but the ability to know what needs to get done and move on is valuable and rewarding.

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How to Start a Wellness Journal for Better Health

What is a wellness journal?  And how is keeping a wellness journal different than keeping a regular journal?  A wellness journal is a journal dedicated to keeping track of your wellbeing. Rather than just writing out events of the day

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About the Driven Mama

At The Driven Mama, we know what it means to be a busy, high-achieving mama who wants to be there for her family while also building a career, personal brand, and achieving success in the workforce. We know what it’s like to deal with the pressures, judgement, unsolicited mom-advice, and all the challenges in being a working mom in the this modern day because, well, we are one, too! 

We are on a mission to help moms achieve their career goals while setting a new standard for what it looks like to live well and feel their best so they can show up as their best selves when it’s most important, and in doing so, create a higher standard of health and wellness for the women of the future.

Being a driven mama has it’s challenges, but when we link arms together, we rise together in the process. We hope you’ll join us. 

 

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