Parenting is a fulltime job. You are expected to be on top of things 24/7. However, as members of the human race you do have limitations. Even the best machines conk out due to heavy usage. And because a number of people rely on you, it is imperative that you keep yourself well-oiled and in shape.
Change in appetite, difficulty in concentration, mood swings, lethargy, and general irritability are some signs that may lead to “parenting burnout.” Remember that your well-being is of the utmost importance because this is reflected on your children.
Allowing yourself to relax and smell the roses is not a selfish act.
1. Sweet Slumber There are a number of ways to catch up on much needed rest. First thing is to realize that it is necessary for you to do so. The demands of your family or work should sometimes take the back seat. Otherwise, you might end up drowning in exhaustion, irritability, stress intolerance, concentration, and memory problems. All these may result in a number of other health-related problems that you don’t want. Take advantage of the time when your children are resting.
Rest as well. Secure the help of your nanny or other family members in taking care of your kids for a few minutes so that you can get that uninterrupted shuteye. Use ear plugs if necessary to drown out the noise. Sweet dreams.
2. Mental Vacation Some call this “constructive daydreaming.” These momentary trips can give you the jumpstart that you need. Your state of mind affects your body, thus, these “vacations” can be quite restful.
Close your eyes and picture the place that you wish to be in. Read up on this dream location so you can picture a detailed setting. The trick is to engage all your senses with your imagination. Visualize sipping that fine red wine or soaking in the warm colors of the Mediterranean.
This can be done during coffee breaks or during the nights you can’t sleep. The more practice you have, the more pleasurable it gets. Take mental snapshots of the places you have visited so that you can go back to it again and again.
This is your happy place after all. Bon voyage.
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