The Parent Bucket List

The Parent Bucket List

It’s very common for parents to feel like they have lost their sense of self. When you have kids, they take up every minute of your time and everything that you do is for them. That’s the way that it should be, but it is also important that you don’t lose a sense of who you are, and you still pursue your own goals. A lot of parents also find that they are a bit lost once their kids get older and they move out because their whole identity has been taken up by being a parent. It’s a tough transition, but if you make an effort to do things for yourself, even after you have kids, it will be a lot easier. This is where a parent bucket list comes in.

Starting a parent bucket list is a great idea for parents and even though a lot of the entries on that list will be things that you want to do with the kids, you should also add some entries just for you. If you don’t know where to start, here are a few great ideas. 

The Parent Bucket List: Do Something Creative 

A lot of parents find that their hobbies fall by the wayside when they have kids. Things like writing or painting are hard to do when you have a family to look after, but you should try to find the time. You can add things like finishing a book or completing a series of paintings to your bucket list. You don’t need to set a strict time limit on it, and having it on your bucket list will encourage you to keep working at it. Doing something creative is a great way to destress yourself as a parent, so this is a great one to add to your bucket list. 

Beat A Physical Goal 

Physical goals are always a great addition to your parent bucket list because they encourage you to stay active and you will get a huge sense of achievement when you beat them. For example, if you like running, you could work your way up to a marathon. If you’ve always wanted to climb a mountain, how about a trek up Kilimanjaro? Setting yourself these physical challenges will give you a personal goal to work towards and encourage you to stay active, and it is something that you do for yourself, so it’s a big confidence booster. 

Parent Bucket List: Visit Your Dream Destinations 

When you have kids, most of your holidays are planned around them. You have to think about places that they will enjoy and find kid-friendly activities for them. This is important because travelling as a family is a great way to make memories together but parents do sometimes miss out on going to the places that they want to go because the kids won’t enjoy it. But as they start to get older, you should try to plan trips to places that you want to go as well, so you don’t feel like you are missing out. 

As a parent, your kids always come first and that’s the way that it should be. Having your own parent bucket list can help you to retain your own identity as individuals rather than “just” as Mum or Dad. We make sure we set aside time just for us as a couple but need a bucket list because sometimes (often) this time can be a Netflix binge-watch and nothing else. What would be on your bucket list? 

 

Finding Harmony in Your Every Day Life

Finding Harmony in Your Every Day Life

Life can be turbulent and stressful at the best of times, and these days, it’s not exactly uncommon for people to feel as though they are being swept off their feet more or less 24-hours a day, and seven days a week. If you’re desperate to regain a sense of balance and finding harmony is a priority, it’s important that you actually make some changes that can lead you away from the constant feeling of being overwhelmed.

So, here are a few tips for finding harmony in your everyday life.

Finding Harmony By Eliminating Negative Habits

Often, when we are stressed, we will turn to unhealthy “bad habits” as a way of helping to curb the negative feelings, and to “calm ourselves down.”

Of course, if you are turning to habits such as drinking or smoking in order to regain a sense of balance, you are deluding yourself – because the short-term feeling of “relief” that you get is always going to be fleeting. This short-term gain will come with various harmful side-effects that will ultimately leave you feeling pretty awful, down the line.

Consider swapping out some negative habits with more positive relaxation techniques. 

That could mean something as straightforward as switching out your smoking habit for a temporary vaping habit courtesy of Vsavi equipment.

In the longer term, though, look into the benefits of regular exercise, holistic routines such as yoga, and walks in nature – things that have been consistently proven to aid relaxation, in addition to various other benefits.

Finding Harmony: Filter Out The Ever-Present Noise

Life is really noisy today, which is a major source of the stress and turmoil that we all typically feel on an everyday basis. It is certainly something that I struggle with from time to time, hence my determination to reduce digital noise especially. According to the famous Norwegian explorer, Erling Kagge, one thing that the modern world really lacks is opportunities for “silence”, by which he doesn’t just mean “a lack of sound.”

The kind of “Silence” that Kagge is referring to includes things like shutting off the stream of information and distraction that comes from scrolling through social media on your smartphone, for example.

When you allow yourself opportunities for daily silence and stillness, your thoughts can get an opportunity to calm down, and you can free yourself from the constant sense of panic that comes with always having to consider and deal with different forms of media and mental input, day and night.

Embrace Planning and Preparing in Advance

Stress massively expands when you are unprepared and have to try to scramble to deal with events “on the fly.”

Instead of constantly falling this way and that in order to try and get a handle on the latest drama that presents itself to you, work to plan and prepare everything in advance, as much as possible.

If you know that there is nothing to eat for breakfast, and you know that this might cause you to have a mini freak-out tomorrow morning and grab some unhealthy junk food on the way to work, take a bit of extra time in the evening to prepare yourself a nutritious meal, instead.

The less often you are caught by surprise, the more harmonious your life will feel. Finding harmony, peace and a good amount of quiet is key to a happier more balanced life.

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