You Are Stronger Than You Think You Are
By Sandy Schroeder
Some mornings I find everything is difficult. Everyone's hungry right now. The cat and the dog are underfoot and I am running out of coffee!
If you can relate as we all navigate the many ways to stay safe, you may feel overwhelmed too, but giving up is not an option. As we look around, and see so many people working hard and stepping up, we may just need a few tips to stay strong.
Strength sometimes comes from necessity. When others need us, and there is much to be done, we make it happen.
Harvard Health suggests staying strong mentally and physically to be able to keep everything together.
Exercise every day - Workout with your kids in the backyard or with a soccer or basketball. Hop on an exercise cycle or treadmill in the family room, and add yoga mats and small weights. This may be the perfect time to teach a child how to throw a ball or learn how to swim in a backyard pool.
Eat healthy meals together - Put together healthy oat or egg and veggie breakfasts. Enjoy salads, raw veggies and fresh fruits out on the patio at lunch. Sit down to dinner with meals created by the whole family. Bake fruit loaves or fruit tarts. Create fish tacos, one pot pasta with fresh tomatoes, black bean burritos, or lean beef and noodle dinners.
Spend time reading, drawing, listening to music - This may be the perfect time to share your love of authors, types of music, or other hobby skills. If you are doing home schooling you may want to link several interests together, teaching your children how to play an instrument, work in pastels or learn how to quilt. The list is endless, whatever reaches both of you.
Reach out to help others - As you watch limited amounts of news, you may want to involve your children in projects to sew masks, knit small gifts for seniors in nursing homes, or elderly neighbors who are home almost all of the time. Break out the pens, pencils and markers too to create custom cards to send to friends and family around the country. Or create digital doodles to share with local buddies. You might also spend some time helping your kids create poster board signs thanking all of the first responders out there.
Staying strong gets easier once you start moving and get some feedback from all of those people out there who are sharing the same frustrations.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in League City, Tex.