Zen Up The Wall
Parenting is tough! There, I said it. If there are several new skills to add to my repertoire, these would include being a “shouty mum” and “mummy monster”. No matter how many times I’ve reminded myself to be civil with my little ones, somehow they always manage to set me off, either when I’m on a supermarket run with them, during mealtimes (especially when we’re dining out! Do you ever get that?), and even on train or bus rides. So, yes, I’m upset that I’m not being the kind of mum I’ve always wanted to be. But I also know that if I overreact and end up feeling frustrated, it’s not going to help either party, too. So, what’s a parent to do in times likes these? One word – de-stress!
Here are some quick and easy tips that I’ve picked up along the way when dealing with difficult situations:
1. Make a cup of black tea. Black tea decreases cortisol (stress hormone). Just sit back, take a sip and relax.
2. Eat a banana. This potassium-rich fruit keeps blood-sugar levels up and helps regulate blood pressure.
3. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to distilled water and spritz some around the house. The lovely scent helps to lower heart rates and blood pressure.
4. Take a deep breath – it’s that easy. You can do it anywhere, anytime!
5. Call and connect. Have a chat with a friend or relative who understands your situation and possibly help you see the lighter side of things.
6. Crank up some music or dance to an upbeat song. It’ll definitely change your mood!
7. Take a walk. Get some fresh air and sunlight to clear the mind.
8. Tend to your plants. Research has shown that being around houseplants actually increases relaxation levels!
9. Read a good book. This is easier said than done, I know, but try setting aside 10 to 15 minutes a day to read, for some much-needed inspiration.
10. Take a quick shower to cool off. It works!
11. Take time to laugh. Do silly things and have a good, long belly laugh with the kids.
12. Do some stretching exercises or jump rope. It relieves stress without breaking the bank!
13. Give yourself some credit. Remember to pat yourself on the back sometimes. Focusing on the positive thoughts will help keep your stress at bay.
14. Try art therapy. Buy one of those adult colouring books and colour away. The abstract images can help you switch off and unwind. Who knows, the kids might even give you a tip or two to hone your colouring skills!
Caroline Francis has been a sub-editor and writer for over 20 years. She spent 12 years working with an awesome team at IT Publications where she was the assistant chief sub-editor for its technology pullout.
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