I talked a bit about self-care earlier in the month (letter L). Today I suggest one particular way parents can take care of themselves, and that is through exercise. The options are as diverse as each person and no matter how averse you may be to the idea of moving, there's an activity to meet your needs. Our bodies are made up of muscles and we were made for motion. Unless you have a muscular disease or condition that prevents you from engaging in physical activity, get off the couch and do something. You will feel better for it! (If you don't feel better right away, give it some time. Everything worthwhile takes time and effort).
Physical exercise is a way to show your body that you care about it, and also has benefits for the mind. Just twenty minutes can boost mood for four hours.
Parenting takes a lot of physical and mental/emotional energy, no matter where your child falls on the age/ development spectrum. An investment in your personal health and well-being is wise indeed. You can't take care of anyone else if you're neglecting yourself.
A great song to rock out to____________
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