The cool lake water slips over my body as I glide through the ripples. I can hear the tiny splashes of my stroke, the distant rumbling of the motor of a boat that just passed by and the wind rustling through, the soon to be, fall coloured trees. I see the water line in my goggles, the sea of green trees that surround me and the red cottage that I have designated as my finish line. I take note of my breathe concentrating on my deep inhale and extended exhale. I feel my arms and legs parting the water with my every stroke. As I concentrate on all of this, the stress of my week melts away like ice cream on a July afternoon. I have found my peace, my happy place, and the activity that rejuvenates me and prepares me for what the day, week, month has in store for me.
Finding Calm and Peace in today’s world is not easy! Especially when lunches need to be made, houses need cleaning, homework needs to be completed and a 10-hour workday lies ahead. Identifying what you need in order to tap into your inner peace is vital so that this peace flows into your home. It is important to include your children in your mindfulness practices so that they grow up with the valuable tools they need to be present in their daily lives. This instills confidence, reduces feelings of anxiety and fosters growth and development. Below are 5 tips for creating daily calm and peace.

1. Support your Physical Wellbeing

How well you feel affects your state of mind and all of your daily activities. Some main points to keep in mind when it comes to the wellbeing of you and your family are:


  • The health of your digestive system is affected by the food you eat. As Hippocrates stated,  “Let thy food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
  • Reduce processed and packaged foods, identify and eliminate food sensitivities, ensure you are getting enough water, protein, vegetables and avoid foods that have food colouring or dyes and are high in processed sugar.

Blood Test Results

  • When looking at your blood test results, it is important to know that an optimal range or value exists within the given reference ranges for any blood test. If your results fall within the given reference ranges, it does not mean your results are optimal. Values below or above the reference ranges are considered disease states. Talk with your health care professional about your test results. This also applies to children.

 2. Schedule, Schedule, Schedule

Staying organized is important. Schedule specific times for self-care and family time and no matter what, do not skip or miss these commitments and be present. For example, if you schedule a family walk every Thursday evening around 5PM for 30 minutes, stick to it regardless of what happened during the day. Those thirty minutes are your family time.

3. Identify What Brings You Inner Peace

Self-care is important and will make you a better parent. Identify what brings you inner peace and depending on the activity, ensure you are doing it on a continual basis. Finding what brings you peace can be difficult and is something that can change over time. This month, it may be meditating for twenty minutes before bed and next month it may be getting a facial at the spa. Scheduling family outings is another great way for the entire family to relax and strengthen relationships.

4.  Include the Little Ones

Include your children when doing housework or cooking. Allowing them to participate will instill confidence, is great bonding time and keeps them busy doing something constructive. This is a great way to learn more about your child, create a strong bond and secure attachment.

5. Laugh

Did you know that smiling and laughing prompt your body to release hormones that make you happy? Children are fantastic teachers and they will help you remember what it is like to be uninhibited, free, happy and full of laughter. Laughter is contagious and this will create a chain of laughter throughout the entire house!


Meet The Author
Denise is a Naturopathic Doctor and Co-Founder of Abaton Integrative Medicine. She graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) after completing a Bachelor of Science; Honours Specialization in Biology and a Minor in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario. She loves spending time with her daughter, Charlotte, her son, Lucas and her husband, Chris.
Denise is extremely passionate about her work and she is always open to learning and meeting new people. She is an active participant within the Oakville community; often hosting seminars and workshops at local businesses.
November 18, 2018 — Lindy Sood


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