As soon as you first hold your baby in your arms, you realise that every cliché about parenthood is true: it’s one of the most joyful, love-filled yet hardest things you’ll ever do.
Taking care of a newborn round-the-clock can be overwhelming for any mum and dad, but when you have a chronic illness like MS, fibromyalgia or lupus, parenting comes with a whole extra set of challenges. Unpredictable symptoms, severe fatigue and physical limitations can pose considerable obstacles when you’re looking after a little one.
Here are 12 practical tips for taking care of your baby and yourself when you’re chronically ill.
Spring is my favourite time of year. The blossoming trees, birds chirping, feeling the sun on your face… Doesn’t that instantly put you in a better mood?
With nature reawakening from being dormant all winter, there’s a sense of hopefulness in the air, this lighthearted energy of change and new beginnings. That makes spring the perfect season not just for cleaning out your closets, but for clearing up your mind, re-energizing your body and freshening up your routines.
So have a look at these 11 ideas to spring clean your life!
In an ideal world, your home should be a safe haven where you can relax and recharge after a busy day. It’s the place where you make happy memories laughing and playing, and share fresh meals with your loved ones.
A healthy home can be the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, there could also be hidden health hazards lurking around the house, from dangerous pollutants to dust-collecting clutter.
Spring is the traditional time to freshen up your living space after a long winter of being stuck indoors. And while you’re in the cleaning spirit, it’s also a perfect opportunity to create a healthier home for your family, with a few adjustments and some new routines.
Follow this short step-by-step guide to eliminate common household toxins, make your home sparkling clean and turn your brownstone into the cornerstone of a healthy life.
“The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.”
– Arthur Schopenhauer
When you feel so sick you can barely lift your head from the pillow, you just want to get through the day in one piece.
But as you’re slowly getting better, your mind might crave some distraction, even though your body is still too weak to do much.
That’s when the boredom creeps in.
Sure, catching up on your Netflix queue is fun at first. But when you find yourself refreshing your social media feed every 5 minutes because the only other option is staring at the ceiling, it’s time for some entertainment!
Finding fun activities to do when you’re sick at home alone may seem like a luxury problem, but it can actually have a bigger impact on your wellbeing than you might realise. Studies have shown that you need 3 positive emotions to make up for every negative one – and there’s no lack of unpleasant experiences when you’re (chronically) ill.
So keep your happiness ratio up and fight the boredom with these 28 enjoyable ways to pass the time.
Lately I’ve become the walking cliche of someone who’s glued to their smartphone.
Ever since my active, catnapping daughter was born, I’ve hardly had more than a few minutes to myself most days. Not knowing when those rare moments of peace would occur and how long they would last, I’d often mindlessly grab my phone to recharge by scanning social media, catching up on the news or reading interesting blog posts. Sure, it makes a nice change from changing diapers and singing nursery rhymes when other forms of relaxation are not really an option. But is staring at a screen honestly the best way to decompress and boost my energy?
Online entertainment has become a welcome distraction from our hectic schedules. With an endless supply of cat GIFS, Buzzfeed lists or inspirational TED – talks at our fingertips, no matter where we are of what we’re doing, we’ve started to fill in every small gap of time in our day with some kind of (online) activity.
For example, how often do you find yourself scrolling through your Twitter feed when your dinner partner has gone to the bathroom? Do you always put on your headphones as you’re walking down the street? Or do you instantly pull out your phone if you have to wait anywhere, even if it’s just for a few minutes?
Don’t get me wrong, I love the freedom, inspiration and social connections that the Internet and mobile devices have brought us. But I do wonder: is using online entertainment to relax always the best choice? I mean, how much does checking Facebook really revitalize you?
What if you would spend those small pockets of spare time during your busy day doing something that truly recharges your body and mind? Ok, it won’t feel the same as lying on a tropical beach or having a luxurious spa day, but you can bring a little peace to your frantic day with mindful micro-breaks.
Have a look at these 7 effective ways to recharge yourself within minutes.