Hello Beauties and Rockstars - Let me inspire you with a world of confidence update about Parenting... Beauty... and Peace!
Last weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the DMK World of Conference event & awards in Huntington Beach, California.
What a lot of fun! It was wonderful to connect with so many NASNPRO members, founder Danné King, worldwide DMK distributors and the team. Getting dressed up to network and enjoy the festivities is so much fun.
During the awards dinner, I received a text video from my youngest daughter, showing me a red, inflamed throat. First thought was STREP! Oh no! So as any mom does, I quickly slipped out and called her to see how she was feeling. Fortunately, it was just tonsil stones, and her throat was irritated. Whew. Now back to my conversation with Dermascope editor Dorian Reyes and publisher Amanda Strunk Miller.
This got me thinking that as a parent, there is always something that our children need or demand. From carpooling to bringing cookies for the bake sale, helping with homework, and of course, when the lil ones don't feel well, that only adds to the juggling and stress.
Becoming a widow and solo parent in 2012, the responsibility for the children, decisions, etc. now solely falls on me. I have three children. They are not young babies or in grade school now, but when their father passed, the girls were young, and my son was in his first year of college. The decisions and needs never stop.
It was beyond stressful. Over the last ten years, since that fateful night, there have been numerous learning lessons. Such as learning to forgive my husband, others, and myself. Being flexible when things don't go the way I want or thought they should. Here's a good one... incorporating breath work, mindfulness, stretching, and meditation daily. Take time to be grateful and to laugh just because.
There is more that I am working on with wellness........ but back to how parenthood never stops.
I can share with you, that when my oldest daughter, Amber, had COVID, I was delivering meals, vitamins, and groceries to her. When my son, who lives in Australia couldn't find his birth certificate, he called his mom and I quickly found his certified copy. Being a parent never ends, no matter how old they get. However, I can tell you that there is something very exhilarating about not having small children where you must watch them constantly. Not having to worry that during the silence of the house, one of them isn't coloring the wall with red lipstick, putting a butter knife in an electrical socket, or jumping off the couch and landing face first on the hard tile floor. Yes, all of those scenarios are what each child of mine has done. Oh, the memories!
For those who have small ones still at home or are watching their grandchildren. Appreciate them being small and all the milestones. Even while you are feeling like you want to tear your hair out during the turbulent teen years, know they grow up quickly, and you need your hair. This, too, shall pass...
Busy parents need to take time for themselves, even busy entrepreneurial moms and dads. We know kids are always learning; they pick up lessons that will stick with them and shape who they become. Teach them the importance of practicing mindfulness, laughter, taking time to rest, meditation, stretching and relaxing.
According to the Mayo Clinic, a good laugh has great effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn't just lighten your load mentally; it actually induces physical changes in your body.
Stimulate many organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs, and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
Activate and relieve your stress response. A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response, and it can increase and then decrease your heart rate and blood pressure. The result? A good, relaxed feeling.
Soothe tension. Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.
Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you're sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment. Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress.
Breathing exercises and relaxation techniques learned can help children with stress management.
Another benefit of mindfulness for children is that it helps children learn to be in the present moment while relaxing and gaining a peaceful state of mind, which ultimately improves their emotional regulation.
One of the top benefits of stretching is that the different types of moves requires children to focus and work on their memorization skills.
Oh, and all these suggestions are great for adults!
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Be Well. Chase your dreams. Live your purpose~
Denise R Fuller
Founder of NASNPRO
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