If you’ve read any other portions of my blog, it’s pretty easy to tell that I love spending time with my children! They bring me so much joy, and I want to be there with them every step of the way for as long as I can. Growing up, my parents had to work extremely hard in order to provide for myself and my many siblings. They loved all of us immensely; however, given their financial constraints, they weren’t able to spend as much time with us as they would have liked. In fact, my mother has mentioned this is one of her biggest regrets, so if there is one thing that I can do for both of us now, it’s to take her advice and spend as much time with my kids as I can before they’re out on their own!
This sounds like a lovely plan, but like anything else in life, there is more to this than meets the eye. Simply put, kids are exhausting, especially when multi-tasking work life and trying to keep fit and healthy. It wasn’t easy to come up with a solution to balance my workload and spend more time together as a family, but there have been a few helpful tips that have certainly made a difference along the way. I would like to share some of these with you, in hopes that some of the information may be useful in helping you and your family enjoy more activities together.
- Keeping Active – It’s becoming increasingly evident that keeping active with age is extremely important for living a long and healthy life, which is why I have always strived to maintain my fitness goals. Of course, this becomes immensely difficult when taking care of a family. The first tip, which is quite general, is to arrange activities where the whole family can be active! This won’t only benefit the health of you and everyone involved, but it’s also a good way to tucker out the kids so you can all enjoy some nice relaxing time later on!
- Listen to Your Body – When I first committed to spending significantly more time with my children, I was pretty gung-ho at first. Very quickly, I noticed my feet and legs were becoming quite tired. I ignored this at first, figuring that the change from an office chair to being on my feet with the kids would simply take some adjustment. I was wrong. Over time it became more and more painful, and I actually ended up having to spend more time on the couch than with my kids outside! Here’s a trick that helped me overcome this and that I still use to prevent any pain from arising again. First, a good pair of compression socks can go a long way in keeping your legs and feet pain-free. These will only really work if you spend a lot of time standing, but if that’s the case, then they will be a total game-changer. Second, I consulted with my good friend who is a nurse, and conveniently, had lots of advice about reducing pain from being on my feet all day. She referred me to a site that has a lot of good shoes for nurses, which place a focus on comfort over long hours of standing. I’ve tried a couple of these out, and while I like some better than others, they have all been a great help, especially combined with the compressions socks!
- Stay Hydrated – Constantly being on the go can make it really easy to forget the small simple things that can go a long way. I noticed pretty early on that I was getting a lot of headaches, and I couldn’t figure out why. Turns out the answer was actually really simple – I was just dehydrated! Just try and remember to drink water whenever you have a chance. What I also found really works for me is starting my day off with a smoothie. I get my nutrients and start hydrating right away!
That’s All For Now!
I hope I didn’t bore you with this write-up, but if hopefully someone out there reading this will find it helpful. Please continue to check back regularly as I post about my experiences, obstacles, and successes of spending time with my children. All the best!