Energise, Reboot and Become Parent-Fit (05 Apr 2013)
Energise, Reboot and Become Parent-Fit
Parenting uses up an enormous amount of energy on top of whatever else it is that you do in your day. The first third of 2013 has gone past in a whirl and parents need to reboot and energise themselves to cope with the demands of the next part of the year with their children. Kids are back at school this week and these are some of parenting expert Nikki Bush's top tips for energising yourself!
Be supportable by connecting. When you are attending a school function or watching a sports match, reach out to other parents, network and socialise rather than hanging off the end of your cellphone or pretending to be productive on your laptop. You never know when you may need to call on your support network, but you can’t build one without making an effort.
Get moving. You may not have time to get to the gym so pack your walking shoes and exercise around the sportsfields after drop-off at school; just before collection at lunchtime or while you are waiting for your child to finish an activity. Team up with another parent and socialise at the same time. Exercise releases endorphins – happiness and relaxation hormones – in addition to making you feel better physically, and energetically.
Learn how to power nap. Arrive at school or an extra-mural activity 15 to 20 minutes early and take a power nap in your car (something I have done many times!). Shutting down, switching off your phone and being alone for a few minutes can give you that boost you need to make it through the rest of the day, and it also means you will be on time to collect your child.
Drop your personal baggage as quickly as possible. The longer you hold on to an issue or leave a problem unresolved, the more energy you will start to expend on it and the less you will be present with those you love, leading you to being snappy and irritable. Often, what we need most is someone to talk to. Pinpoint people who make up your sounding board and don’t get bogged down for too long. It’s okay to be vulnerable in a safe environment, it makes us more supportable and loveable – a great energy booster. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. A problem shared is a problem halved. Two heads are often better than one.
Be grateful. When you find yourself waiting anywhere, whether at school, in the doctors’ rooms, or at someone’s office, write down five or ten things that you are thankful for. Things always look so much brighter through the lens of gratitude.