How to Create a Nightly Self Care Routine To Avoid Stress.

How to Create a Nightly Self Care Routine To Avoid Stress.

This post is for moms, all moms who are stressed, tired, fatigued almost all the time. Some have found ways to deal with it and some are yet to reach that point. Some are struggling with their day to day hustle, while some are unable to cope up with the daily grind. Stay at home, working, working from home or any of them, moms have a lot to tackle throughout the day. Whether they get up as early as 4 am or they get up by 7 to 7.30, every mom sleeps as her babies fall asleep, it may give her minimal sleep at times but at the end of the day it is all worth it. Days go by and we all start to cope up with these unusual timings. By the time we are used to it, the kids grow and they have their own timetable. I feel as parents we never settle with one time. My day ends with half of the next day in its lap already. Some days before I used to struggle winding up and putting myself to sleep but no more. I was determined to make a change that is one part but the other part that helped me significantly is that I started my “Nightly Self Care Routine”. At first, people at home were astonished but slowly they understood that it is my process of winding up the day and to welcome the next one without being too stressed.

So here is the Nightly Self Care Routine for busy moms:

  • Mentally and physically switching off from any gadgets 30 mins prior to bedtime
    • We are so taken up by the social media updates that we often forget the time that we are checking out the phone. A lot has been said about the mobile radiation and its harmful effects but as I put my mobile on airplane mode, it gives me a lot of peace. This has helped me reduce a lot of stress. 30 mins before bed switching off all the gadgets is the first key to self-care.
  • A hot water bath or soaking your feet in Epsom salt
    • In a city like Chennai, where humidity is at its peak, a warm water bath is so soothing after a long day. If you don’t have time for that then soaking your feet in warm water having Epsom salt in it is the perfect solution for achy feet and calf muscles. This is an age-old remedy to reduce muscle spasms. You can also add some essential oil like lavender to the water to get the calming effect.
  • Rub your feet with a little bit of ghee.
    • Rubbing the feet with a bit of ghee is a time-tested method to relieve symptoms like fatigue and soreness of feet. Additionally, say bye to cracked heels with the goodness of ghee.
  • Switching to low lighting
    • Our bodies are tuned in such a way that as the sun sets, the body releases sleep hormones. As we are in the city and there are ample lights, the body gets tricked into feeling that it is still a day. Switching to low lighting before going to bed helps me a lot to slow down and wind up.
  • Reading
    • Reading a book ( not kindle) gives a calming effect. I usually read my favorite poems or stories to my kid.
  • Brain Dump
    • This is something I swear by. Throughout the day we carry many feelings. Some happy, some sad, some frustrating, you can actually dump all that in a journal or a paper. If you do not want to see it again, you can as well tear it off. Clearing your mind helps to rejuvenate
  • Slipping into comfortable clothing
    • Each one of us slips into comfortable clothing at the end of the day. But as a part of self-care, next time, buy ultra comfy, soothing cloths and remind yourself that you deserve every bit of that comfort.

The purpose of this self care routine is to reduce stress. All moms out there, please try and let me know if it works. Well, it does work for me 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Quest for Flexibility – Sun Salutations

Quest for Flexibility – Sun Salutations

Barbells before breakfast was my theme for the A2Z Blogger Challenge, well there are numerous posts which would help you assess what are you doing and whether you are doing it correctly, meal wise and workout wise. I deliberately did not post about what workouts can be done because as Rujuta Diwekar, a famous nutritionist in India says “Exercise is like your life-partner, choose it in the way that you can live with it forever.”

I love working out in a gym, or home gym, the dumbbells, and barbells give me a rush of energy and enthusiasm every time I workout with it. The soreness and more toned body is a reward for all those hours of exercise that I have put in. Now this Dil Mange More ( My heart wants more). More regarding flexibility and strength, so I have decided to broaden my horizon. For the past year, I was working out five days a week with three days of strength training and cardio as I feel. Which I changed 3 months to see a little change in the weighing scale. Cardio helped me lose 10 lbs along with strength training. My strength training routine continues, but I need more variety in cardio and some challenge.
So here I am embarking on the new journey – Sun Salutations. A tiny winy effort to make my body a little better regarding flexibility and overall strength. But then you would come across questions such as

  • Why Surya Namaskars or Sun Salutations all of a sudden?
    Sun Salutation is a complete workout in itself. We can say a fantastic bodyweight workout. I wanted something which goes with the flow and the structure of the body. I am below the beginner level of yoga, so I thought this would be a good beginning.
  • What time is better to do Sun Salutations?
    Any time is OK as long if you are okay with your pre-workout and post-workout meal. For me as I get up at 5.00 AM, I can do Sun Salutations at the crack of the dawn which is the best time to do it
  • Can it be done every day?
    Sun-Salutations can be done every day, including the periods. Only inversions are to be avoided while being on periods.
  • How to do Surya Namaskars or Sun Salutations:

  • How would it benefit?
    • Basic Flexibility
    • Glowing skin
    • Prevents hair loss improving blood flow to the scalp
    • Regular practice helps irregular menstrual cycle.

But more than all of this, I want to do it mainly because it would challenge my flexibility (which is zero at this point). Also, it is a workout which can be done anytime anywhere without much ado.

Have you thought about including Surya Namaskara in your workout routine? If So how? Would love to know.

 

The article is written as part of the #SuperBloggerChallenge2018 by #Instacuppa conducted by HealthWealthBridge.comFashionableFoodz.com and AllAboutTheWoman.comand should not be repurposed, republished or use otherwise. The content herein is owned by the blogger. SuperBloggerChallenge2018 is not responsible for any infringement caused.

The Art of Doing – Nothing

The Art of Doing – Nothing

The past week has been tremendously busy. Family gatherings, celebrations, functions and the overdose of love and affection from all sides. Sometimes I crave for such time as it is immensely satisfying. With a lot of parties come a lot of food, late night dinners, zero workouts and I often land in a Topsy Turvy Land which is not very familiar at all. I have said many times in my posts that routine is my paradise, how so ever boring it sounds it is the truth. So how do I get back to my routine is the real key to better productivity. I feel everything happens as a part of a cycle and to start, we certainly need to halt at some point. For me, that point is La Dolce Far Niente, which literally means the sweetness of doing NOTHING in Italian. Doing nothing certainly helps dealing with stress. If you are battling with stress and anxiety, the art of doing nothing is meant for you.

Stress

Recently I read a book called “Eat Pray Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert and for the love of “Julia Roberts” watched the movie with all my heart where “La Dolce Far Niente” term is pretty elaborated when she travels to Italy as a part of her expedition. Since childhood, doing nothing is my fantasy. Being a child I practiced it very well and was being called lazy many a times. But they never knew the real bliss of a person like me who knows how to do NOTHING. 🙂

Have you ever wondered how your day would be if you take time out for “La Dolce Far Niente”?

Doing nothing needs equal efforts as running on the treadmill because it requires a great determination to stop the urge which makes us do something or the other all the time.

We usually crave for weekends and small gateways to relax, what if we infuse these moments of “La Dolce Far Niente” in our routines just to sit back and stare out of that window, with zero intention and zero thoughts…that way it would certainly become a meditation of sorts where you connect with yourself on a deeper level.

Workouts make me happy, but doing nothing makes me happier so I am going to infuse my time of sweet nothings into my routine and see whether that scale really budges 🙂

What would you do to do nothing? Would love to know.

The article is written as part of the #SuperBloggerChallenge2018 by #Instacuppa conducted by HealthWealthBridge.comFashionableFoodz.com and AllAboutTheWoman.comand should not be repurposed, republished or use otherwise. The content herein is owned by the blogger. SuperBloggerChallenge2018 is not responsible for any infringement caused.

Increase Your Stamina With 5 Simple Steps

Increase Your Stamina With 5 Simple Steps


Stamina plays an important role in your performance of daily activities. 90% of us do not have enough stamina to carry through the day which results in fatigue and leads to different health complications. Many people feel that they would lose whatever energy they have by working out. But that is a myth. Here are 5 top tips increase your stamina.

Tip: 1 Get yourself tested:

Baseline medical tests are important to find out how fit you are. It will also help you identify whether there are any deficiencies in your body.

Tip: 2 Start with a balanced diet:

Well, starting with a good diet is half way through the increased stamina. I have already talked enough about food in my article.

Tip:3 Play your favorite sport:

Playing your favourite sport is best to overcome fatigue. It will also help to boost your stamina. Your favorite sport being aerobic exercise it will help you strengthen your heart so that there is more oxygen for all parts of your body.

Tip: 4 Have smaller meals:

The flow of energy needs to be maintained throughout the day for your body. Eating small meals throughout the day helps to keep up the energy increasing the stamina.

Tip: 5 Increase your water content:
Reduce dehydration and fatigue by drinking water all day. It will give your body constant supply of oxygen.

Once the stamina is good, you are good to amp up your exercise and make the most of it.

Top 5 Home Workouts For Weightloss

Top 5 Home Workouts For Weightloss

Weightloss

Workouts have become necessary due to our busy lifestyle. If you want to lose weight these workouts will definitely help you do it. There are some amazing home workouts that are readily available. You can now workout from the comfort of your home and sign up for the glory of weight loss, all you would need is the effort.

So here we go.

  1. Leslie Sansone

Leslie Sansone’s walking at home was quite a revolution in the USA. I would say in India, this is the much-needed change that everyone should embrace. Walking at home is a simple concept and you can easily do your 5ooo steps in 45 minutes of walking. She has combined 4 main moves into walking like side tap, knee ups, walking front and back and hand movements. You can even do it with ankle weights if you want to incorporate strength moves. Worth every bit of your time.

2. Bikini Body Mommy

 

Well, if you really want to get inspired by this hot mommy, you can just visit her website or you tube channel. This workout is a real life challenge which Brianna has actually worked upon and is called a 90 day challenge. You can do these workouts from home with small dumbbells. Absolutely doable with a kid around.

3. Blogilates

If you are ready for a lil hardcore stuff here is blogilates. I love Cassy and her 30 day challenges. Just go to blogilates.com and see what all she has to offer. Plenty of workout sheets, meal plans and loads of motivation. I love her love of pink. ❤

4. Jillian Michaels

Jillian is a fitness goddess. Her workout videos are intense and not to be tried without consulting your doc if you have delivered recently. If you would have been a serious exercise junkie before and would like to continue being one now, this is a great start. A bit more about Jillian – Her workouts are hardcore and if you have any type of injury, it is better to take it slow.

5. Fitness Blender – Kelly and Daniel 

 

Those mummas who are ready for strength training workouts. I would highly recommend fitness blender workouts, which are light and are like having a personal trainer at the comfort of your home. I loved these workouts because they are simple, can be done anywhere. Kelly and Daniel have more than 25 years of experience in the field of fitness. Their workouts are pretty doable. For men, if you want to jump onto the fitness bandwagon, this is the best start.

Here are two extra workouts as a bonus:

Yoga with Adrienne:

People who do not really like strength training or HIIT, you have much better option, Yoga. There are many Yoga Videos but what worked for me and weight loss is Adriene’s no nonsense way of Yoga. Just go ahead and surrender to her when you move as per her guidelines. A complete and an amazing yoga practice is the takeaway from her sessions.

While doing all these, remember, no exercise can outdo bad food. So clean up your food as much as you can, normal indian food would serve the purpose. Eat to your hunger. If you are breastfeeding eat 500 calories more than usual. If you are counting calories great! if you are not, thats fine too. A good 30 mins of workouts with better eating will surely fetch you more stamina.

Jackie Warner

Jackie’s workouts are simple and great. You can find core workouts to HIIT in the YouTube playlist.

 

Stay Blessed, Stay Beautiful!

P.S:- I have tried all the above main 5 workouts. If you have any question you can get back to me 🙂

 

Gearing Up for A Walk With Fitbit

Gearing Up for A Walk With Fitbit

Its 5 am in the morning, and I wake up to a lil vibration on my left wrist, in half sleep i try to find the snooze button but promptly it again wakes me up with its vibrations. As I wake up, i glance at a new entrant in my gadgetry, Yessss! I am the new owner of fitbit, which is a famous fitness tracking device.
Once, I am up, the app pops up saying, you are 1234 steps ahead of ms.X and I get super charged up to let them behind with some added steps….the lazy me crops up and says… have a cup of coffee and then lets take them onn..by the time I have my dose of caffine, ms.X has already moved 1234*2 steps ahead making the contest difficult for me, I think, oh yeah, she is not in my time zone..and leave it to that.
The morning chores bring me to a total of 1000+ steps and I am figuring myself in the last two slots of fitbit challenge group. Never mind, after all, others are in different times zones, they may have treadmills to tread and increase the step count me thinks. Plus, I have so much work to do…(as if no one in the world really works as hard as me)
Somehow by the noon the step count is 2000+ and I finally think feel like moving a bit adding up the step count..but the device shows up the low battery signal and I have to wait till it charges because “there is no point walkin if I don’t have my fitbit on”.
office work and some meetings, a bit of commute and the step count increases only by 1000, now I have treaded 3000 steps which is a good feat, I think to myself, I still have a few hours to go and compete with these extra talented, and active ladies, I also remember “Sitting is the new smoking” proverb which is coined by a famous celebrity nutritionist, but  I can’t help myself doing the new form of smoking because, the standing desk has been hijacked by my team member and I have no option but to sit and work. I just hope that I get many calls to increase the step count, but that doesn’t happen either..I don’t know when it was the last time that god heard my plea.
By 5.3opm, I would have crossed the 4000 mark and feel awesomely proud of myself, just then Fitbit app says you and ms.X are too close for comfort, or ms. X has just tiptoed you. I feel like asking these ladies whether they have treadmill desks or they have an active jobs like postman, salesman or the likes. How on the earth can someone walk 15000 steps a day? everyday???
Its already 9.00 pm, I have hardly crossed the 5000 step mark and my eyes are red urging me to sleep, fitbit pops up and says its time to wind up and get a good night’s sleep. I finally feel that this device cares for me..otherwise the whole day, it just tells me that I am a useless person, moving my bum less often than others.
My sore heart and legs do not let me sleep, they keep reminding me of the deadly device called fitbit which helps me torture them to the core. I quickly take note and slip into my good night’s sleep, after all I am a 5am mommy.