*Tips for the empty-nesting & midlife years & yummy veggie recipes
When the kids were little I was basically functioning in survival mode. The baby years were filled with sleepless nights, rushing to get the chores done, and juggling my part-time work in between my motherhood job. Then came the preschool years. I was helping in the classroom on my days off from work. I was racing around helping toddlers clean up their playdough mess, preparing snacks, and breaking up toddler fights over toys. Fast forward to the early elementary school years...this is when I finally found ways to access peace. YOGA. I had always liked it but never had I craved it like those days that my kids were young. I would drop the boys off at school and race to my yoga class where I would sweat it out with 20+ other moms and chant toward peace.
Now that I am an empty-nester and the kids are away at college my chaotic moments as a mom are not as frequent but then came the call (after he was in college 3 days) that he was at the ER with a broken wrist... The mama chaotic moments still come (and go) but I always have my mat. I have my meditation cushion and the sound of the ocean streaming thru my speaker...
A few ways to tap into PEACE:
Get outside and tune into your 5 senses:
-Listen to the sounds of nature, the smells, look at the colors you see, the sensations you feel, the tastes...
-Get yourself in the tub and lock the door and soak...Put some epsom salts, lavender, and jojoba oil in the tub and tune into a few moments of PEACE.
-Take a mom date with yourself. Schedule a couple hours (or more) a week to take yourself on a date anywhere you choose. It might be to lunch with a good book, a day at the ocean, a trip to the mountains, going to an art gallery...whatever it is spending time alone with yourself is a perfect way to recharge and get some moments of calm.