Friday, August 30, 2019

Bounce Back from Emotional Exhaustion

Sometimes exhaustion isn't about being physically tired or in need of an emotional pick-me-up. You might experience times when you just need a break for a minute. Coping with emotional exhaustion is a combination of recognizing it as natural and looking for specific ways to ease these feelings so you can eventually shift out of them.
  1. Increase your self-care. Has your self-care routine been off lately? Lean into it now and practice healthy discipline. Even if you don't think it will help, go through the motions—because it will help! Take your supplements, eat cleaner, do some light exercise. Connect with your body, that sacred container for your soul.
  2. Temporarily take some responsibilities off your plate. What would make you feel better right now, and is something simple and actionable? Can you take a mental health day from work and go sit in the park? Ask someone else to watch your toddler for the afternoon and write at your favorite bookstore cafe? Put off a household chore until tomorrow while you snuggle up with your favorite book or movie?
  3. Tell someone how you feel. Call your best friend and have a cry. Vent your frustrations to a colleague over a long lunch. Sit down with your journal and tell the universe how heavy everything seems lately. If you see a counselor, be honest with them about what's going on.
  4. Take pleasure in the small things. Concentrate on what consistently brings you joy or gives your life meaning. Take a drive into nature while listening to an album you love. Make your favorite meal and invite a friend over to share it with you. Volunteer to walk a dog at a shelter. Watch a nice light comedy where the characters poke fun at life's journey. Start a creative project or new hobby just for fun. Do something kind for someone else—it might help to take the focus off of you and your problems for a bit.
  5. Remind yourself that this too shall pass. Often something naturally happens to shift this feeling of soul weariness. You might schedule a weekend getaway, or a great career opportunity might come to you out of the blue. You might find that the feeling passes on its own once you acknowledge it and give it some room. If the feeling doesn't pass, reach out to someone like a health care provider for help so you are not suffering unnecessarily.
If you feel you are slipping into a depression, please seek help from a professional and let loved ones know you need extra support.

Source: MindBodyGreen Mindfulness 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Make Mealtimes Meaningful

Eating dinner together as a family is not just about the food; it’s about the connection. Spending time together builds healthy families and healthy kids. Here are a few tips for making mealtime memorable!
  • Keep a question jar. Place a container on the dinner table with blank slips of paper, and whenever you think of a cool question, write it down and toss it in. “What’s something you can do better than your parents?” “If there were a holiday named after you, how would people celebrate it?” Once a week, use some of the questions in the basket to spark conversations at dinner.
  • Shake it up. Every so often, have a wacky family dinner night. Eat with the big serving utensils or use serving platters instead of plates! You could even serve dinner as a picnic, outside on a blanket or have an indoor picnic in the living room or playroom.
  • Have a reading dinner. Choose a book and read aloud while you eat. If your kids are old enough, they can take a turn.
  • Enjoy special food outings. Have a regular, simple ritual, like walking to the farmer’s market on Saturday morning.

Source: WebMD

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Family Fitness Tips

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans says that kids and pre-teens need a total of 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Raking in these 60 minutes everyday can be fun, too! Use this as a time to get the whole family up and moving. Here are a few quick ways to do just that.
  • Walk the walk. Instead of watching TV after dinner, take a walk with your family. It doesn’t have to be far or long, but make sure you get outside and let your meal digest while you stroll. If it makes life fun, bring bikes, scooters, roller skates and the dog, too -- anything that brings a smile to your party on the go.
  • Strike a pose. Try yoga to improve your family’s flexibility. There are family-friendly instruction cards with adorably illustrated yoga poses, illustrated books for kids and DVDs on yoga for families designed to guide your group through Tree Pose and Warrior Pose. Don't get hung up on whether the kids are doing the moves right, or even doing all of them at all. Let them imitate you the way they want to. Chances are you'll be amazed at their flexibility.
  • Chip in with chores. Make chore-time fun! Use your imagination to create a game out of everyday tasks that your kid would love. It can be for anything -- as long as it gets your family up and moving! 

Source: WebMD

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