This time of year is hectic and, at times, it can feel like your schedule, obligations and tasks are consuming you. For parents, particularly those with young children, it can be especially taxing. We’ve all been there; racing from work to school pick-ups to after school programs while managing the household chores like dishes, laundry, cooking and cleaning in between wiping noses, washing hands and fielding requests for milk, juice, snacks and helping recover a misplaced shoe, toy or jacket.
No matter what you do all day, be it working, caring for children, running errands or any combination of things, it’s important to take time out for yourself each day. If this sounds impossible, you may need it the most. It can be as little as three minutes or as long as you can manage. To start, make a list of your to do’s, set it aside and do something that rejuvenates you. Making a list helps clear your mind from tasks that need your attention (if only for a few moments).
Find a moment for yourself.
For obvious reasons, finding a still, mindful moment is much easier early in the morning before your children (and significant other!) awake, or in the evening after everyone has drifted off to sleep.
Some people like to meditate while others like to exercise, read, paint or take a walk. No matter what you do, find time each day to be still. Do something nice for yourself and listen to your body. Not only will this time help create peace and mindfulness, it will help you relax. This reference to stillness doesn’t necessarily mean unmoving, it’s more about finding a quiet moment for your mind.
Many parents, especially during the holidays, think of everyone else and forget to check in with themselves. So challenge yourself to check in with your mind and body for the next seven days, three minutes a day. You won’t regret it.