- Exercising/ fitness- This does not have to be a 2 hour workout. Exercising and physical fitness can be simply taking a walk and having the chance to have a change of scenery to get some fresh air. This can also include a bike ride, or playing in the yard with the kids. There are several blogs and articles that provide workouts and routines for parents with children that allow for children to exercise with the parent. This can allow for a release of endorphins and stress, but an interaction with the kids as well!
- Sleep- This can be one of the first things to go when the aspects of life set in. We have all heard that we should be getting at least 8 hours of sleep. This number can differ by age as someone in their teens may need more sleep than someone in late adulthood. It is difficult to pinpoint an exact number but a lack of sleep can lead to health problems, lack of energy, and an onset of depression.
- Healthy/ Eating- Comfort food is an easy fix to what can become an extended problem. It is easy to stop by the closest fast food restaurant, get that bowl of ice cream, or drink a soda. Despite the fact that these items may taste delicious, the toll that they can take on the body can affect our health and self image. One does not have to give up everything that they enjoy, but try trading that ice cream for a bowl of fruit or using olive oil instead of butter when cooking, and make sure you are drinking water. Small steps that can lead to big results in the long run for your health.
- Find a Hobby- When is the last time that you did something just for fun? Find something that you enjoy doing that simply makes you smile. This can include drawing, crafting, exercising, dancing, playing a sport, singing, playing the video game etc.
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Blog Written By: Constance West, Counseling Intern