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Life Balancing Tips from Dana Vollmer

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Olympic swimmer Dana Vollmer was determined in getting back into swimming after her son Arlen was born. She wanted to help her son recognize the importance of hard work and get inspired from a young age. She also wanted him to grow up seeing his mom achieving her dreams as a competitive swimmer, with the hope of igniting his own passions for success down the road.

Life can feel like a “one woman circus” for many moms at times since it is a constant juggling act of balancing motherhood, marriage, a career, and home. That’s why Dana recently divulged with Pampers on how she balances it all.

How to Balance Life: Featuring Dana Vollmer

Be a Woman of Strength

“Being a strong mom means doing everything you’re capable of doing to create the best life for your child. For me I want to show how dedication, hard work, and perseverance can help my son accomplish any dream that he sets his sights on.”

Have a Good Support System

“I truly could not have returned to competition without the support of my family. It’s their love and encouragement that led me back to the pool and it’s their faith in me that drives me each and every day. This journey to Rio is one that I share with them.”

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Get a Good Night’s Rest

“Ah, yes, that is probably one of the hardest parts about becoming a parent: the sheer lack of sleep. There’s no real way to avoid it, but sleep is important in the balance of everything. I need the energy to train and just keep up with Arlen! I was lucky that Arlen became such a great sleeper. With great overnight protection, Pampers diapers have always helped him get a sound night of sleep, which in my house, helps everyone achieve their dreams.”


Broaden Your Perspective

“Motherhood helped fuel my desire to get back in the pool on a competitive level and my sense of determination has grown even greater since having Arlen. Being a mom definitely broadens your perspective on what’s important and what matters in life – and it has also helped me learn how to balance the needs of my beautiful baby and family, with my own personal needs and those of my career.”

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  • I think it is important to take the time to exercise to feel healthy even when you have a busy schedule with kids.

  • I make sure to eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and veges and drink a lot of water because it really helps with fatigue and is energizing. I put lemon in my water!

  • My tips for living a well balanced life is to use a calendar to stay organized, and eat a healthy, well balanced diet to make sure you have the proper amount of energy to get through each day!

  • My tip is to schedule regular exercise and self care activities into your schedule. If you set aside time for it, you are more likely to do it.

  • It’s good to make some time for yourself as well as others. I try to take time to walk a half hour every day even when I am busy.

  • I think it is important to eat right, get plenty of rest and take a few minutes to do something you love each day.

  • I like to try and balance my priorities. lots of family time, exercise and I like to make time for some me time as well!

  • It is really important to me to eat healthy and take time out each day to do something you love to do.

  • What I do to stay balanced is to work hard to leave the office at the office. I come home, change my clothes and take 5 – 10 minutes to shift gears.

  • always eat healthy, exercise and aim for enough sleep. you can’t take care of anyone else unless you take care of yourself

  • My tips for living a well-balanced life would be to try to relax and not stress about things. It does wonders!

  • When I get busy I try to stop and remember what’s really important, and that’s my family. I always make sure to take time for them, time goes by too fast.

  • We try to stay organized which really helps. We also unplug and spend time outside with the kids. Love all the fresh air. We container garden and grow fruits and vegetables during the summer, and help raise monarchs! Last year we released over 100.

  • My tips are to eat right, get plenty of rest and take a few minutes to do something you enjoy doing.

  • Take care of yourself! Eat fruits and veggies, take walks, drink a lot of water, and most importantly be positive! Those are my tips 🙂

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  • To eat healthy and get exercise ,go hiking it’s so good you forget about everything that’s going on u outside

  • its important to take care of your whole self to stay balanced. getting enough sleep is a big part of that

  • Balance isn’t easy for me- I tend to be immersive in what I’m doing at the moment. This has benefits, but causes trouble too. I have begun to put slots in my calendar when I plan on doing something for me or by myself. I have found I need alone quiet time to recharge.

  • Honestly, I’m not that great at living a balanced life- however, I am a stay at home mom to a curious and active toddler! I have recently decided to start scheduling in time to exercise alone. I think it will be great for my health and spirit!

  • I really can say that you need plenty of sleep.. You spend a big chunk of your life sleeping so you should have a comfortable bed, and make time for that ever so important sleep..

  • I think it’s important to balance family time and personal time. The moments of togetherness are just as importance as a few moments of quiet.

  • Well balanced life-drink a lot of water, get out in the sunshine, eat fresh, spend time with people you love and who love you back, do the type of exercise you love. Spend time with God very day in prayer

  • Have a support system, and don’t be scared to ask for help when you need it. You need to recharge your battery sometimes, too. Otherwise everything will come crashing down.

  • Always take time for you. If you are not taken care of properly, you will not be able to take care of others.

Hello! I’m HilLesha and I live in Newburgh, Indiana with my husband and 3 children. I love photography, fashion, beauty, home improvement, traveling, cooking, and wellness. Additional info. Please contact me at HilLesha@gmail.com.

I’m also the founder of Fashion Fling and The Beauty Counter.

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