Almost Meditation – 15 peaceful activities to find calm in your busy day.


When this series of posts was planned out I jumped at the chance to write about meditation because I was planning on practicing it in the new year. I am still planning on practicing meditation in the new year, just not this year. 2015 seems doable.

Life only ever seems to speed up.

I am disappointed that I haven’t had the time to really dive into learning about real structured meditation and to be honest the handful of times I tried I fell asleep. What I did discover was that there are lots of other little ways to center, to find pockets of peace in your busy day, even in the toughest circumstances. Here is a list of ways that I get really close to meditating and I hope that you can carve out some time to breathe deeply and find peace in your busy day even if like me you fall fast asleep when you try to meditate.

15 peaceful solo activities for parents that are almost as calming as meditating.

  1. Hike in the forest
  2. Searching for shells or sea glass on the beach
  3. Sipping coffee alone on the porch
  4. Yoga
  5. Taking a bath with no one banging on the door
  6. Going for a drive
  7. Reading
  8. Knitting or other crafting
  9. Run outside
  10. 20 minutes of stretching
  11. Browsing the farmer’s market.
  12. A nap
  13. Journal
  14. Gardening
  15. Walk around your neighborhood.

Parenting young children is a busy time in your life. I know it’s a busy time in mine and even though I can’t seem to successfully carve out enough time to practice mediation that doesn’t just end up as a nap these 15 activities are my “good enough for now”. They rejuvenate me, give me time to think through things without being asked for a sippy cup of milk, and make calm decisions.

What peaceful activity would you add to the list?

Allie of No Time for FlashcardsAllison McDonald is founder and editor of No Time For Flash Cards. She has been teaching children in various capacities since 1993, so she has done her share of crafts, songs and circle times! Her son’s birth brought her home, and her love of teaching and helping other parents sparked the idea for No Time for Flash Cards. Early childhood education is her passion . . . her heart belongs to the little guys! Get to know Allie and see her creative kids’ crafts and educational activities on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


Taking Care of You

Taking Care of YOU--Tips and Tricks for Everyday ParentsWe know your days are busy working, kissing boo-boos, juggling laundry, making dentist appointments, and reading good-night stories. As parents, we instinctively put our children’s needs first. We prioritize their health and their happiness above our own.

It’s time to step back and look at the whole picture. You need to take care of you FOR THEM. You are the only one who can give your child a happy parent who enjoys life. What a wonderful gift!

We know that Taking Care of You is easier said than done. So, throughout the summer, we’ll continue to share weekly posts with simple, easy, unique ideas to keep you inspired. In this special series, our Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassadors will share their practical, real-life advice on how to:

  • Focus on your own well-being
  • Make healthy eating simple + enjoyable
  • Build exercise into your family routine
  • …and more!