Stress, anxiety, and depression are some of the demons that many of us will face at some point in our life. When you become a parent, it can feel like you are doing the wrong thing by trying to look after yourself, which is, however, entirely false. Looking after your mind and your body is something that everybody should prioritize. However, taking the time out of busy schedules to look after yourself can be guilt inducing and make you feel like you are slacking in other areas of your life. We all have the right to happiness in our lives, and the best way of looking after other people starts by looking after yourself first.Check out the following ways you can boost your mood and see if you connect with any of them.

 

Practice a form of meditation

 

Gone are the days when only guru’s or hippies would practice meditation, and it is now a well-respected and established way to relax, unwind and clear your mind of negative or destructive thoughts. Many people claim that meditation can affect your overall well-being and not just calm and empty your mind. Yoga is one such form of meditation, allowing you to connect your mind to your body and eliminate any interfering thoughts that can cause stress or anxiety. There are many different types of yoga, including Bikram, Kundalini, and Hatha yoga.  Find one that you enjoy, and you feel a connection with. It might be, however, that you simply don’t connect with yoga at all, and that’s okay. There are other practices that don’t entail getting out a mat and putting yourself into a series of complicated looking positions. Mindfulness is one such practice, that benefits the mind and the body all in one. Fans of this movement claim that mindfulness is about being present, enjoying the moment you are in, and focusing on what you are doing without allowing outside influences or future fears to rule your present. This can be a meditative practice as it allows you to focus on the act of being rather than worrying about things that are external to you and therefore beyond your control.

 

Plant based Diets

 

More people than ever are turning to plant-based or vegan diets as a way of boosting their health, as well as reducing the stimulants and  bad habits they may have such as cigarettes and alcohol. Living a more wholesome lifestyle might mean small steps such as exchanging cigarettes for premium e-liquids or only drinking wine on a certain day of the week. There is much evidence to suggest that plant based diets can increase your general health, from reducing the overall cholesterol in your body to providing you with mental clarity, something experienced by many proponents of a plant-based lifestyle. You don’t need to be vegan, however, to experience some of the benefits of a plant-based diet. Increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables you consume daily, and reducing the amount of meat and dairy you consume can really boost the way you feel about yourself. New lifestyle trends are popping up, such as Flexitarianism and Reductionism, all aimed at reducing the number of animal products in your diet as well as the negative impact of the animal industry upon the earth.

 

Focus On Yourself

 

If you are a parent or caregiver, it can be all too easy to lose yourself in caring for other people in your life. While looking after your family is important, it is also to look after yourself, and not lose sight of who you were before you had children. If you have a hobby, then make sure you continue with this and don’t give it up due to time restraints or being too tired to continue. Making time to ‘do you’ will often give you more energy, even if it means sacrificing time in another area of your life. When you do something you love, maybe playing a sport or painting, it can give you a few hours of time off being a parent and allow you to come back to your routine refreshed and with a more positive attitude.

 

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