You don’t need me to tell you that we are living faster than ever before. The digital age has increased the tempo and social media has made everything just feel that little bit more immediate. It can be really difficult at times to just let yourself relax, which is terrible for the mind. Without the power of relaxation and a mindful lifestyle, you can start to feel drain much faster; especially when you have children. Here are some tricks that I have learned along the way to help me relax.
Put the to-do list to one side
Women especially have a terrible habit of making list upon list of tasks they have to complete daily. These lists may keep you organized but it’s healthy to push them away every once in awhile to see where the day will take you. Just go with the flow and try not to stress about anything you haven’t completed. You’re bound to be able to incorporate more fun into your day when you aren’t running around trying to check off a list.
Do something kind
Kindness and gratitude offer a whole host of benefits apart from the obvious. Being spontaneously kind to stranger often takes up no time at all and makes everyone involved feel just that little bit calmer. Paying it forward is a really fun way to play with this idea. Buy a coffee for the lady behind you in the queue and explain you’re paying it forward – the sense of satisfaction you’ll feel will be great! You’re also bound to stock up on some of those all important karma points doing this too.
Take care of yourself
You should be taking care of yourself every single day but more often than not, crucial health appointments get postponed. You may be the Mom, but it’s important to look after you too. Make sure all doctors appointments are kept and do regular back exercises to avoid surgery for spondylosis. If you keep your health issues at bay it will be much easier to keep track of everyone else’s needs.
Enjoy a nap
Naps are amazing. There are no two ways about it. They help relax the entire body and when you wake up you can feel refreshed. Try not to sleep for any longer than 20 minutes at a time because you could end up feeling drowsier than before you slept. If you have time to take a nap and you’re feeling tired; do it.
Act like a kid
You were at your most creative and connected to what you truly loved to do between the ages of 10 and 13. Try to think back to this time to remember the activities you took part in that made you really happy. Maybe it was reading or perhaps it was dancing, dressed up in beautiful dancewear. Whatever it was, try to reconnect yourself to your soul and let go of all your adult responsibilities – even if it’s only for 20 minutes.
If you can try to partake in at least one of these activities at least once a week you will start to feel and your whole family will be able to tell. Be kind to yourself and take a little time out for you.