Rest and Relaxation: Life Lessons from Children, Part 1

8 04 2009

Life Lessons from Children will be a series in which I discuss what I learn from my little girl. Children have a voice too, but we seldom listen. As we get older and life’s challenges and monotony set in, we forget the simple lessons we learned in childhood. The first lesson in part 1 of this series is the importance of daily rest and relaxation. 

According to Dr. Maoshing Ni a Yahoo! Health Expert for Alternative Medicine and author of Dr. Mao’s Secrets of Longevity,  a parent can anticipate their children’s emotional breakdowns when they are acting tired, hungry, or hurried. In the same way, stress can affect adults. This is why everyone needs to find time and activities for rest and relaxation. Take a cue from your child, story-time and a warm bath are wonderful ways to relax. Make it your own by reading a book that you want to read (don’t forget to get adult books when visiting the library with our child) and make a soak in the bath extra special with candles, essential oils, and some at home spa techniques.

If my 14 month old does not get a nap every day and stick to a bed-time schedule, she can become irritable to say the least. Give your body the same respect you would give your child. Make rest and relaxation a part of everyday. Go to bed before 10 pm every night (even weekends) and wake up around the same time each morning (without an alarm clock whenever possible). Catching up on sleep on the weekends does not always work out. Deep sleep is an important time for our bodies and minds to rest and restore. Besides, long-term sleep deprivation has been linked to disease and obesity-Yuck! 

As always, feel free to leave a comment and let others know how you find time for rest and relaxation everyday. Namaste.

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2 responses

8 04 2009
Jeremy

So this is why you kept telling me to relax yesterday 🙂

8 04 2009
mrsscott

You were just so tense yesterday, which is not like you at all.

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