Dr. Ary Krau believes motherhood is one of the most fulfilling — and tiring — jobs on the planet. In his many years of plastic surgery practice, he has worked with thousands of beautiful, successful mothers that balance work, motherhood and their own personal needs. He is always curious to learn how the happiest and healthiest mothers manage their lives in a seemingly effortless way. Here are some of the secrets these mothers have shared with Dr. Krau.
They fuel and nourish their bodies.
Mothers need to keep their energy up to juggle everything on their plate. The healthiest moms do this by fueling their bodies properly. This means that they:
- Plan nutritionally balanced meals — a bite of the kids’ leftovers does not count
- Do not skip breakfast or other meals
- Snack smartly
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated
- Drink alcohol only in moderation
- Enjoy the occasional sweet treat (deprivation makes moms cranky!)
- Exercise regularly
- Stay mentally clear through yoga, meditation, journaling or spiritual practice
They change up the scenery.
Happy moms make it a point to get out of the house for some fresh air and sunshine. Whether it’s strolling through a farmer’s market or taking a family trip to the beach, the happiest and healthiest moms like to be outdoors. We are lucky to enjoy beautiful weather year-round in Miami!
They ask for help.
“Supermom” is a myth perpetuated by pop culture. The mother that tries to do it all will succeed only in driving herself crazy. Happy moms enlist the help of their own mother, sister, spouse or friend when they need it. Perhaps this means sending the kids to Grandma’s house for the occasional afternoon, or swapping babysitting services with a neighbor, to tackle a growing to-do list.
They don’t compare themselves to other moms.
The happiest moms don’t compare themselves to other mothers. They don’t envy their friend or neighbor’s house, car, job, spouse or children. Instead, they follow the advice of the ancient philosopher Epictetus: “To be content is greater than riches, so love what you have.” A great way happy mothers cultivate this attitude is by keeping a daily gratitude journal.
They prioritize their own needs.
The happiest moms balance the needs of their families with their own personal health and happiness. It’s OK to spend most of your time caring for your family, but make sure you are taking care of yourself, too — it will ultimately make you a more grounded and centered mother.
That might mean taking a long bubble bath after work, shopping for a treat or meeting a friend for a glass of wine to catch up.
Or perhaps you would like to make a more permanent personal change, such as addressing a particular cosmetic concern. This is where Dr. Krau can help: he offers a full range of cosmetic procedures that can help improve the appearance of the breasts and body after pregnancy and nursing. These procedures can be performed individually or combined into a mommy makeover treatment. If you are concerned about noticeable signs of fatigue, stress or aging, Dr. Krau also offers non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatment, like Botox and dermal fillers.
A Happier, Healthier You
Dr. Krau wants you to look and feel your best. To discuss your personal cosmetic needs and a possible plan of treatment, please schedule a one-on-one consultation. Call (305) 861-6881 to make an appointment.