Balancing life … with your mind
“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It is not a day when you lounge around doing nothing. It’s when you’ve had everything to do and you’ve done it” – Margaret Thatcher
I don’t know about you other moms, but those days when I lounge around doing nothing it’s usually because I have mentally shut down a sure sign that this mom hasn’t been looking after herself. When I studied Early Childhood Education one of my professors actually encouraged us to take care of our selfs with a mental health day as required. I learned that for me a morning walk and sneaking away (even if it meant cutting class) to hit the rowing machine at the gym.
Keeping mom healthy isn’t just about eating right and getting exercise. Those morning walks may count for exercise but it really those walks are about my state of mind. Clearing my thoughts, keeping things in perspective.
Our mental outlook not only helps us physically, studies of optimists found that those at age 25 were significantly healthier at ages 45 and 60 than those who were pessimists*.
Wouldn’t it be great to hold the following powers in your super mom hand ?
– less stress (think of your to do list)
– more patience (think of the morning school rush)
– cognitive clarity ( a presentation at work ?)
– a higher rate of acheivment in most areas of your life
Aren’t these things we want in our lives and to pass onto our children ?
Optimism; some of us may be born with it but the great news is the rest of us can choose it. By modelling optimism, we can install this trait in our children.
Maryann Troiani, Psy.D. offers five great tips to feel super optimistic in her article
5 Ways To Feel Super-Optimistic: Tips for Your Health, Wealth, & Career Success.
Take a moment to write them down … you just may see those super mom powers increasing this week!
*Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman’s scientific articles.