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Benefits of Exercise Just After 5 Days

I have managed to complete 5 days of exercise.  I am doing high intensity trainings, teaching myself to run for 30 minutes and doing sit ups.  I just want you to make that you understand that YOU don’t have to do this type of training.  I know a person walking everyday and receiving the same benefits.  You need to enjoy the exercise that you want to participate in or you will simply not do it.

The benefits of exercise that I am finding after 5 days are:

  • I feel more focused
  • I am sleeping well
  • I am feeling more positive
  • I chased the girls throughout the play centre and loved it.  Usually I wouldn’t do it because of my weight but I did.
  • My self esteem and self belief in myself has improved.

I love the feeling after working out and even better stretching out at the end.  It is imperative you stretch after every workout to protect your body from injury.  When my muscles are occasionally sore, I rub a soothing rub to help warm up the muscles and it works a treat.  If I am feeling tired, I like to rub a bit of peppermint essential oil on the back of my neck for an invigorating feeling.

Overprotecting Parents – Good or Bad?

Is being an overprotecting or also known as the helicopter parent good or bad for our children?

When I look at my own parenting lately, I probably feel like an overprotecting when out in the street and that’s mainly due to the numerous reports of attempted child abductions that are becoming more frequently than you can imagine.  Now I yell at the girls for turning a corner if I can not see them.  I guess also when they go to swimming lessons I am a bit anxious, especially for Emma, as I do not want her to be scared of something and going backwards to when she nearly drowned and we were sponge bathing her as she would not even go near the water.  But the majority of the time, I encourage the girls to explore the world around them.  I guess I am also aware that my own anxieties (which I have a lot of) also can affect the girls so I need to be extra conscious of making sure I am not putting my own anxieties on to them.

At the school, you do see the overprotecting parents and some of it is a culture identity but they really keep the children under watchful eyes and not let them explore the world around them which of course is affecting the child and their confidence levels.

But where am I going with this as I promise you there is a point.  I received an email today from Kidsmatter and they had an article based on 11 year research about anxiety in children.  Ron Rapee, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of Macquarie University’s Centre for Emotional Health, is a leading researcher of childhood anxiety and he spoke to KidsMatter about his research.

In his research he has found the children whose parents went through the program showed less anxiety issues than those children whose parents did not go through the program.  Ron also found that when looking at adolescent boys were more likely to show less anxiety than girls at the same age.  He suggested this could be because boys were raised to be more independent throughout their childhood whilst girls are not as much.

Professor Rapee, also stated that “overprotective parenting, for one, can help to reinforce two clear messages to children: 1) the world is a dangerous place; and 2) you aren’t able to control the world and you need my help. Also, critical parenting can reinforce the message that ‘you aren’t good enough’ which, in turn, can undermine a child’s self-esteem.”

He feels that parents need to gently encourage the parents to face the things they are afraid of and to slowly encourage their independence and let children make mistakes so that our children have a positive self esteem and have the confidence to explore the world safely.

If you want to read more about the article click on the link below.