5 Wellness Resources for the Busy Teacher Or Parent
by Samantha Steitz
In the context of increasingly busy lives, prioritizing our health and well-being can be a challenge. This is a short list of resources I use daily to help maintain balance, eat healthily and stay physically fit.
Headspace is an app we've been using for the past few months for guided meditations. Their mission is "to improve the health and happiness of the world" and I'd say they've improved the health and happiness of our household tenfold since we began this tradition. Days that begin with a 15 minute meditation are far smoother than days without it, as hard as that is to write and admit. There is a free trial period for those who want to see if they like the app before the paid subscription (totally worth it for us!).
#2: Green Kitchen Stories
Stockholm-based couple David and Louise know a lot about time-efficiency because they have three kids. The plant-based recipes they share are generally easy to make, children-approved, tasty and delicious. I often look at their Instagram page (@gkstories OR @louisegreenkitchenstories) just for dinner inspiration and quickly get excited about making vegetables. They have several beautiful books that also include stories about their lives and even tips for traveling with kids.
#3: Deliciously Ella
I've been following Deliciously Ella for years and love her approach to eating as a cure for disease and prevention for future ailments. Her website, app, and Instagram feed are filled with vibrant, colorful recipe ideas perfect for busy teachers and parents alike. I particularly enjoyed this easy Creamy Mushroom and Herb Pasta.
#4: My YogaWorks
YogaWorks is a yoga studio chain across America. When we lived in California, I frequented their Pasadena Green Street location and especially loved the classes by Kinga Night. Luckily for all of us that may not live near a physical location, they have an online database of hundreds of classes to chose from based on style, length, and teacher. So, if you only have 5 minutes, no problem.
#5: Melissa Wood Health
Melissa Wood focuses on three main paths to wellness: meditation, movement and mindful eating. She publishes easy-to-make plant-based recipes, workouts (access to these costs $10/month - totally worth it in my opinion!) and guided meditations. Her workouts are short and effective - ranging between 15-40 minutes. These are easy to do from your living room floor when you've got a busy day and can't get to the gym or studio. To be honest, this is the only workout I do these days because they're so time-efficient.
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