If you are feeling scattered in 20 different directions, like a fish swimming upstream, perhaps this is a good time to take a few minutes to read this sanity-saving article. Most importantly, “take time for you,” because if you don’t, all your time will be taken by other people and circumstances.
Start your day off in a relaxing way: exercise in the morning — if you don’t exercise early in the day, chances are life, family and career will consume your time. Whether it be running, walking, going to the gym or swimming lengths, take this important stress-relief time for you.
It may be fitting a walk in while your kids are at an activity, or while dinner is warming in the oven, just plan for those window moments when you can reduce stress and increase energy levels through exercise.
Take vitamins; you will find your energy levels and immune system stay at an optimum level with the added nutrients you may not be
getting from your diet. A good multivitamin, B-Complex, Vitamin C, Omega 3 fish oils and a soy protein supplement offer good health
insurance for busy parents leading fast-paced and stress-filled lives.
Pre-plan meals two or three days in advance and pre-cook as much as time allows. Plan ahead for busy nights with a pre-made entree the day before, so you merely need to add some cut some veggies or a quick salad to go with it. Not planning ahead for busy nights may allow the fast food temptation to become too much to resist, and your family’s health will suffer.
Older children are very capable of cooking with some supervision — allow them to plan and prepare the evening meal themselves once per week. It will teach them some valuable life skills and save you time.
Arrange carpooling for kid’s activities; it is important to be at your child’s after-school activities to watch and support, however, missing one or two should not cause you guilt, as your own sanity is equally important. Sharing rides with their teammates offers independence, time to socialize outside of school and a break for you.
Make time for you. As a parent, you are the most important person in your child’s life. They may not always give you that impression, but when there are challenges, look at who they turn to first. It gets very stressful being the one that ‘does it all’; the role model, friend, cook, maid, taxi driver, and the other various roles you may take on.
However, by appearing stressed out and scattered in many directions, you are probably making your children nervous and also stressed.
Show your kids you can relax, have fun and reduce your stress by taking “you time,” such as; bubble baths, candlelight dinners while you share calm conversation about each other’s day, going for a family walk, reading a book in bed with them, going for a solitary jog/walk, laughing at a funny movie or enjoying a hobby you love.
Find what makes your heart sing and calms you.
Enjoy some outdoor activities under the fall sun that offers such an abundance of colour and change in the air…
Judy A. Holt, is a wellness consultant and Author of 1 Potato, 2 Potato, Couch Potato to You. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org