Whether you are a working or stay-at-home parent, sometimes it feels like everything you do is for someone else. Working moms and dads are often on their boss’s watch all day, tending to their needs, only to come home and take care of children, spouses and housework. Stay-at-home parents often say they have completely forgotten the meaning of “me time.” When you are constantly serving others, it’s easy to feel like a prisoner in your own life; it’s as if you’ve been robbed of your free will. If you are not careful, resentment can start to build towards the loved ones you so generously give yourself to. So what can you do to feel better?
The answer is fairly simple: You must take some time each day or week to do something just for you.
Yoga is a great way to clear your mind of mental clutter while enjoying some peaceful solitude. You can practice in a private room in your house with headphones on if you are already familiar with the asanas, or you can attend a yoga class. The calm and quiet atmosphere of a yoga class is a welcome change from noisy, rambunctious kids or chattering co-workers. Yoga practice allows you to gently direct your attention to the present moment, where there is peace and space. Let your worries, stress and anxiety melt away as you stretch your muscles and focus your mind.
Relish in the beauty and stillness of your own spirit.
Treating your body to a good workout combined with quiet meditation can feel incredibly refreshing and leave you with a renewed sense of energy. However, it is important to note that yoga is not the only option for taking some “me time.” You can take a long walk to the park, see a movie alone or wander around an art museum. In fact, the more time you spend doing different things for yourself, the more you will appreciate the time you spend at work and with your family. When you exercise your free-will, the feeling of being “trapped” diminishes and is replaced by love and gratitude.