Being a parent is hard.
If you are a parent, you definitely don’t need us to tell you that, so just take it as an extra dose of validation. Managing the care and keeping and education and loving of a small human being is a huge undertaking. And guess what? You’re doing great. It’s easy to be hard on yourself, though, and if you’re looking for ways to become an even better parent, you might want to consider doing online yoga classes.
We know, we know. We can practically hear you through the screen. “Online yoga classes can make me a better parent? Yeah, okay.” There might even be some LOL-ing going on. But, please — hear us out!
Here’s the thing about online yoga classes…
Yoga of all kinds is widely known for its many health benefits. You might immediately think of the way doing online yoga can boost your physical health. The University of Rochester Medical Center notes these benefits…
- Boost circulation
- Improve blood pressure
- Increased mobility
- Ease headaches
- Increase balance and flexibility
- Improve posture
- Reduce risk of injury
- Improve symptoms of chronic pain and illness
That’s a lot of health benefits, right?
But it goes beyond that, because there emotional and mental benefits to regular online yoga classes, too! And it’s those benefits that have the potential to make you feel even better about your parenting.
Here are some ways that online yoga classes can make you an even better parent than you already are…
They’re a great form of self-care.
Self-care is a pretty trendy buzzword these days, but it’s still worth taking seriously. After all, just because something’s a meme doesn’t mean it’s not real!
According to Wright State University, self-care is “the active participation of enhancing your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and quality of life.” The keyword in that definition is active. If you want to get the most out of self-care, you have to be really intentional about it. It often requires you to take yourself out of your normal routine so you can devote some well-deserved time to Y-O-U.
This is especially true for all of the moms and dads out there! When there are kids in the picture, making time for self-care becomes all the more difficult. We get it.
Online yoga classes are a great form of self-care, especially if you’re a busy parent! Being able to work out at home with an online class is a real game-changer, since you can hit the mat whenever and wherever the time opens up in your schedule. Looks like your self-care just got a lot more flexible!
Wright State University notes that participating in self-care helps you maximize your potential, improve your quality of life, better equip you to deal with stress, and just generally allows you to be your best self. Wouldn’t all of those things help you be a better parent? We think so.
They can boost your mood.
If you thought that wrangling and entertaining children on any normal day was a challenge, just try wrangling and entertaining children on a day when you’re feeling even a litttttle grouchy. You have less patience. You’re more likely to snap at your family. You might just cry.
Even moms and dads can be in bad moods.
Moody parents might find that online yoga classes make a world of difference for their relationship with their children!
Per Healthline, yoga naturally increases the production of serotonin in the body. Serotonin is believed to play a major role in happiness and mood. Generally speaking, the more serotonin you have in your system, the more your mood will improve.
Next time you find yourself on the verge of a moody meltdown with your kiddos, don’t panic. Instead, get some online yoga classes on the nearest screen! We even offer custom workout plans so you can put together a regimen catered specifically to you.
Basically, our kind of online yoga can boost your happiness. Where’s the downside?
They can improve your sleep.
Sleeeeeep. Can we just talk about how great sleep is? Sleep has always been great, but it seems to have gotten a lot better since children were added to the mix. If you have kids in the house, you know all too well how hard real rest has come be. If you’re not dealing with toddler nightmares or waiting up to make sure your teens make curfew, you’re probably waking up every few hours, anyway, thinking about the many things on your to-do list for the next day.
Wouldn’t it be great if there was something out there that could naturally improve the quality of sleep?
Well, there is. Online yoga classes.
Even The Sleep Foundation agrees! According to the experts there, yoga is proven to help insomniacs sleep for longer, fall asleep faster, and return to sleep more quickly if they do wake up in the middle of the night.
We have a feeling that pretty much all of your frustrations as a parent would be at least a little easier to deal with if you could get a little more rest. You’d definitely have more energy to run around and have fun with your littles!
They help reduce stress and anxiety.
Harvard Health has a lot to say about the benefits of online yoga classes when it comes to managing stress and anxiety. Studies suggest that the movements included in a yoga flow can help reduce the impact of exaggerated stress responses, which is good for both stress and anxiety. This means that when something stressful triggers you, you may experience fewer physiological symptoms. Say goodbye to that annoying heart-is-racing-short-of-breath feeling!
There are so many things that can stress parents out — and the messed up thing is that it’s even harder to be a parent when you’re experiencing stress. How’s that for a vicious cycle?
Doing more online yoga classes will help you take the edge off.
You can even get your kids involved in online yoga classes!
All of those benefits of online yoga classes probably sound pretty great, right? Right.
Still, we know how hard it can be for parents to take time for themselves when there are kids around. No matter how much you’d love to improve your mental health and do extra self-care, the fact remains: you’re a mom or dad, and you want to spend time with your children.
With online yoga classes, your children can be part of your journey to feel your best! Since our online classes are accessible no matter where you are, you can just grab an extra mat for your kiddo and have them join you! In the process, you’ll be exposing them to healthy habits and showing them how important it is for grown-ups to take good care of themselves.