Laugh out or play dead to cope with parental burnout

Parental burnout is a real thing people. Just like you can burn out from your job, you can burnout by parenting too hard.

Published: 04th April 2018 04:10 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th April 2018 04:10 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

BENGALURU: Parental burnout is a real thing people. Just like you can burn out from your job, you can burnout by parenting too hard. Prolonged bouts of insomnia, eating leftover pureed turnips and singing ‘The Wheels on The Bus’ (often at the same time), planning playdates, birthday parties, agonising over return gifts and koi bag goodies, finding the right school, dealing with Alpha Moms and their scary Alpha children, getting homework, surviving Sports Day and dress-as-your-favourite-freedom-fighter-day, making working models of the digestive system with dried pasta (and then eating the dried pasta because of stress),  exams, exam results… guess what? None of it is very good for you.

If you’ve experienced one, two or three of the above (if you’ve experienced ALL of the above, I hate to break it to you, but you’re probably dead), then you need to introduce the ameliorating effects of yoga into your life. Below, I share five asanas that I have personally used to combat parental burnout, if practised every day. (It doesn’t count if you don’t post it on Instagram.)  

1. Downward facing dog or Adho mukha vnsana: This asana helps stretch the shoulders, legs and spine and also calms the mind and lifts the spirits. It’s also a great asana to navel gaze with (getit?) and when you see how much fuzz you’ve allowed to accumulate in your belly button over the years because you’ve been too busy wondering why your son refuses to wear red, it will put everything in perspective. Breathe.  

2. Upward facing dog or rdhva mukha vnsana: Relieves fatigue, stimulates abdominal organs and firms the buttocks. I recommend barking loudly like a dog when you do this asana. Your kids will think you’re nuts and stop asking you where their underwear is. Plus you’ll end up with a tighter tushy, so double score!

3.  Wind liberating pose or Pavanamukstasnana: The name says it all. One way to effectively use this asana is to invite your children into the room and then let one rip. Clears the system. Clears the room. Clears the stress.  

4. Laughter yoga or Hasyayoga: If you’ve been snickering at the senior citizens laughter club, the jokes on you. Laughter yoga is based on the belief that voluntary laughter provides the same benefits as spontaneous laughter. Forced laughter soon turns into real and contagious laughter. It may be bitter, hysterical and tinged with sadness… but hey, a laughs a laugh right?

5. Corpse pose or Shavasana. There’s really nothing better than lying down, blocking the world out and… playing dead. Refuse to rise to the bait of kids poking you, sitting on you and threatening to paint the cat. Instead, search for your inner silence. You won’t find it because you lost it the minute you allowed small people into your life. Don’t feel bad. If you play dead for long enough, the children will get bored and go and bother the other adult. Or paint the cat.

Of course, if none of these work, you should just tell everyone you need to go on a yoga retreat to re-balance your chi and book a one way ticket to Bora Bora. (Please consult a physician or Instagram yoga expert before practising the above asanas.)

Stay up to date on all the latest Bengaluru news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp