Being the best parent you can be takes both physical and emotional energy! While it’s easy to forget about your own needs when you’re taking care of your kids, it’s important to recharge your batteries so you don’t become burned out. With that said, here are three ways to nurture your own mind, body and spirit.
Mind: Join a Book Club or Other Social Circle in Your Community
Joining a local book club is not only a great way to feed your mind with knowledge but also the perfect place to meet other people in your community. If you’re into sports or games, consider joining a softball or a bowling league in your area. I like to meet friends for trivia nights with my husband, and I am a member of the Tampa Bay Bloggers. We get together for fun events all around town.
According to Happify Daily:
- Strong friendships are as good for your health as quitting smoking and are better for it than exercising or maintaining a healthy weight.
- People are 12 times likelier to feel happy when they spend at least six hours per day with family and friends.
- Doubling your group of friends has the same impact on your well-being as a 50 percent increase to your income.
While connecting with people online can also be beneficial, the point here is to get out of your house and away from your children – as much as you love them. Schedule some time at least once each month to cultivate your friendships.
Body: Set a Physical Goal and Arrange Your Life Around Achieving It
While you might think running after your kids substitutes for daily exercise – and it certainly might feel like it – it’s important that you invest at least 30 minutes per day during the week on conditioning your body. Eating healthy and staying in shape should remain a priority so later you can chase after your grandkids. Whether you’re aiming to increase your daily steps or training for a marathon, come up with a physical goal and create a daily exercise routine to help you accomplish it.
A healthy daily exercise routine will:
- Prevent weight gain and help with weight loss
- Combat harmful health conditions and diseases.
- Improve mood, boost energy and promote deeper sleep cycles
Spirit: Practice Daily Meditation and Weekly Yoga
Relaxing your mind for as little as five minutes per day through the act of meditation has countless physical and mental health benefits, including lowered blood pressure, an improved immune system and decreased anxiety. A great intro to meditation is simply catching yourself at moments throughout the day when you can pause and think, “This is my breath going in, this is my breath going out” for three breaths – while at a red light, or while waiting for the next thing on the computer to load. My husband likes the meditation app Headspace, which gives you 10-minute mindfulness sequences.
When attempting to meditate:
- Sit with your back straight in a comfortable chair or lie on a blanket in the grass if being in nature is your jive
- Close your eyes, inhaling and exhaling naturally.
- Focus your attention on your breath, your body’s movement and a mantra.
To complement your daily meditation sessions, which can help you rest and relax in a chaotic moment, consider enrolling in a weekly yoga class to strengthen your muscles, improve your flexibility, relief stress, and detoxify your mind and body – or find a yoga class on Youtube that you enjoy. I like Sequence Wiz for recuperation and relaxation, or Sadie Nardini for a power workout.
Take care of yourself this holiday season, and make it a priority all the time!