After a summer hiatus we’re back with another blog!
It’s that time of year again! The new school year is right around the corner. Kiddos are either getting eager to start class with new goals in mind or dreading the first day. But what about you as a parent? What are some of your goals? September is often considered the new January for “New Year” resolutions. But instead of thinking about the typical goals of working out or losing weight, etc., what about improving your self-care?
At this point, you’re likely exhausted from this summer’s activities like work, childcare, and vacation. Did you ever feel like you needed a vacation from your vacation? You’re not alone! With the new school year in tow, there are new schedules to be learned, homework to be completed, and extracurriculars to be attended. So, there may not be much room for parental self-care in that equation.
Why do we care about self-care in physiotherapy? Well, the body is very good at keeping score when you’ve exhausted its limits. At some point it’s going to remind you to slow down. This can manifest is pain, fatigue, mental fog, etc. Think about the last time you experienced neck, knee or low back pain? Was it really bending down to pick something off the floor that “tweaked” your back? Or was that just the last straw that broke the camels back?
Self-care is one of the driving forces behind your health and well-being, and having a good self-care routine can prevent these types of issues from beginning in the first place! Here are a few fundamental things to consider in your self-care routine:
1. Sleep – Our bodies require this time to restore itself to take on the next day. Our bodies cannot function optimally for long periods of time without restorative sleep.
2. Physical activity – Getting the blood flowing and heart pumping can have numerous benefits for your physical, emotional, and mental health.
3. Nutrition – Your body, including your brain, require key nutrients to fuel it. Busy schedules can make it easy to grab some fast food, but think about what your body needs to keep up with the demands you’re placing on it.
4. Relaxation – Just like physical activity, relaxation techniques like deep breathing can benefit all aspects of your health. Learning to engage in these techniques can be challenging, but extremely rewarding once you’ve got the hang of it.
So, this new school year, don’t forget about yourself as you start to fill-up your planner. Try to incorporate some of these tips into your self-care routine and see how your body and mind feel! Small, simple changes can make a world of difference.
Stay tuned for our next blog post coming next week!
Grecia Alaniz PT, MScPT