So let’s talk about mindset. We're guessing that you've probably heard about the idea that positive thinking results in positive outcomes. Here at Moms Running, we believe that to be true, though we always include the caveat that positive outcomes require hard work. So how do you maintain a positive outlook in the midst of all this challenging work and emotional effort? For us, it comes down to five things:
This seems pretty basic. We're guessing you don't spend a whole bunch of time thinking about breathing. You should.
One of the fastest and easiest methods to calm both your body and mind is to breathe with intention. Some simple methods are breathing in to the count of five and out to the count of five.
If you are struggling try out some of these free resources.
Ready to up your stress relief and positive mindset training? Great. Let’s meditate.
This is the absolute best way to get your mind clear, focused and ready to kick ass on the campaign trail.
There are so many ways to meditate, and if you have never tried it can seem overwhelming. We recommend starting with a simple practice to help you get the hang of things. There are a whole host of apps, websites, blogs and books available to help you get started. These are some of our favorites:
We are not saying you have to go out and run a marathon if you have never even walked a mile. We are saying that if you are someone who exercises in general then we highly recommend you keep exercising throughout the campaign. We also suggest starting some kind of basic physical routine to help you release any potential aggravation and get some uplifting endorphins. Not only will it help your physical being, it will also help you keep your head in the game.
We know it can be hard to find time to exercise while also maintaining a campaign schedule and your family.
If you can’t make it to the gym or your favorite class then check out some of these apps and devices for ideas and quick workouts you can do anytime.
FitBit. One exercise you can count on doing on the campaign trail is walking. You are going to do a lot of walking. We mean a lot. Between knocking on doors, walking through crowds, then knocking on doors, walking up to podiums, and then knocking on some more doors, you will walk everywhere. If you can swing it we suggest grabbing a FitBit or similar device so you can celebrate all those steps!
C25K/C210K. These apps (short for Couch to 5K and Couch to 10K) help you build up to running/jogging a 5K or 10k. We like them because they are easy to use, no thinking is required and they're free. Hard to beat.
Yoga Studio.If you find yourself hard-pressed to get to a local yoga class but still want all the benefits, try Yoga Studio. From Gaiam, the app has a plethora of yoga poses and routines that range from beginner to advanced. This is a great option for people looking to squeeze in some yoga time.
Whatever you find joy and release in will help keep your stamina up for the marathon that is campaigning. The whole point of this section is to remind you to take time to release and relax each day.
Okay, stick with us on this one. A great way to relax your mind and give yourself a quick break is to pick up a coloring book and take five minutes to create something. There are tons of coloring books for grown ups these days, so pick up a few and give it a try the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed or having trouble falling asleep. As an added bonus it can be a great opportunity to spend some precious moments with your kids while also unwinding.
These are some of our favorites, but you may want to do them with kids who can't read yet.
Think stress balls, thinking putty, indoor basketball hoops, and zen gardens. Find that particular object that when you hold it, look at it, spin it, or throw it you instantly feel better. These tips might seem silly right now, but when you spend an hour explaining individual property rights to someone and at the end they still don’t get it and think you’re the one who doesn’t know what you’re talking about, you’re going to want to squeeze something!