“Self-care” is quite the buzzword these days! While I’m glad we’re having the discussion as a culture, I think it’s safe to say that we moms are still trying to figure out the problems as well as the answers. Chrissa Benson is the founder of the amazing Physical Kitchness blog and programs, which she founded to help busy women reduce overwhelm and live our best healthiest lives.
Chrissa has two boys, ages two and four, and she’s married to an active duty marine, so she’s definitely a mom in the real-life trenches! Her mission is simple, but so powerful: to help women to take care of themselves so that they can take care of their families. I love her blog because she has such a unique mix of her truth talk, mom life humor (which she’s amazing at) and the practical nuts and bolts like simple recipes, meal planning hacks, and effective home workouts.
Episode Highlights With Chrissa Benson
- Why this is such a unique time for moms, with incredible opportunities but also pressure
- Small daily routines Chrissa uses to make meal planning easier
- Why finding a creative outlet might be the most important kind of self-care
- How to choose what to say “no” to (so you can say “yes” to the right things)
- Her best tips for getting picky eaters to eat protein and veggies
- Simple ways to get to the root of cravings and emotional eating
- How to find balance in a world where everyone says you need to have self-care but you are expected to do all the things
- A new way of looking at self-care
- Tips for fitting in exercise no matter how busy life gets
- And more!
Resources We Mention
- Club Kitchness Membership
- 30 Minute Real Food Meal Revolution
- The Picky Eater Blueprint
- Book: Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist
More From Wellness Mama
- 230: How to Protect Your Mindset & Live a Balanced Life: Chalene Johnson’s Story
- 223: Mindset for Moms & Tips to Get More Done & Stress Less This Year
- 196: How the Modern World Is Changing Our Hormones (& How to Create a Balance Plan)
- 192: How to Avoid Rushing Woman Syndrome & Balance Hormones With Dr. Sonya Jensen
- 176: Heather Chauvin on Letting Go of Mom Guilt, Ending Tantrums, & Mindful Discipline
- Talking to Yourself With Self-Compassion (& Why It’s Healthy)
- Tips to Naturally Reduce Stress… Starting Now!
- Favorite TED Talks for Moms, Kids & Family
- An Open Letter to Moms on Mother’s Day
- What Moms Really Need Today (And Every Day)
- How to Balance Business and Family Life (& Succeed at Both)
- Healthy Finger Foods for Toddlers (Even Picky Ones)
- The Ultimate Guide to Meal Planning (for Families)
What do you think moms need most? Have you found ways to live your best life? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well.
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