Good Parenting Skills Begin With Nurturing Yourself
You work hard to develop good parenting skills. You try to be the best mother you can be by following a natural parenting lifestyle. Your children are one of your biggest sources of pleasure.
But did you realize that family and relationships are also one of the biggest causes of stress?
You're always on the go, taking care of everyone. From the moment you wake up, it begins. You feed the kids, wipe a nose, change a diaper and clean up a spill.
You have good parenting skills and so you are always taking care of everyone.
You are always doing something.
Yet, you might not stop to take care of yourself. When you forget to nurture yourself you allow stress to build, sometimes to a boiling point.
Natural parenting sometimes brings on its own unique stress.
After all, haven't you had to defend your natural parenting choices with family? Some question your choices and even though you know in your heart that you are doing what's right, they try to make you feel bad. It creates tension. Did you ever get a headache out of the blue?
Stress can literally wear you down and make you sick.
You need to take some time to nurture yourself. When you do, you will have more energy to give to your children and family. You will be able to do more of the things that you want to do with them.
Good parenting skills don't just happen. Skills need to be learned. Relaxation and stress relief will have to be taught to you before you can reap the benefits.
Like it or not handling stress is one more thing that you must do.
You may not have been born with good parenting skills. You probably had to learn about natural parenting. The same is true for learning how to handle stress with the gift of relaxation.
There are many different ways to reduce stress and you'll need to find what works for you. Here are some of my favorites:
Easy Walk. You might be tempted to bring the kids along but this time is for you to relax. It doesn't matter how long you walk, it only matters that you take some time and get outdoors.
Bubble Bath. This is an old standby. Add some lavender oil and some candles for effect. Turn down the lights and close the door for some quiet time by yourself.
Yoga. I don't mean hot yoga. Try hatha yoga instead. A nice easy stress reduction yoga class will get rid of tension and help you become more flexible.
Self Hypnosis. Take your relaxation to a new level with self hypnosis. It is like meditation but it has a specific purpose and focus to it. With meditation, you are clearing your mind. With self hypnosis, you are focusing your mind on one thing. In this case, handling stress.
Whatever you choose, be sure to make time for it in your busy calendar.
Sherri Frost is a certified hypnotist as well as a NLP Master practitioner and Neuro Linguistic Love-n-Life Coach®. She shares her passion
for teaching self-hypnosis with her husband, DJ Frost, online at Hypnosis Self Help.
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