Travelling can be refreshing or completely exhausting - depending on what you're travelling for. This year, I've been on work trips, twice. Once, around 26th Jan, India's Republic Day as part of the media contingent representing the UAE in New Delhi. I had goosebumps through most of the pre, during and post Republic Day activities. I Also had very little sleep! Similarly, when I travelled to Mumbai recently to cover a popular television awards show, I had the privilege of walking the red carpet, got dressed in designer wear, met interesting people and spent much of my time there, looking and feeling glamourous. Though the glitz was in abundance, sleep, once again, got pushed to the back-burner. That's pretty much every work trip - for me and I'm certain for you as well! All those lost hours of sleep start catching up with you at work soon thereafter. Here's what I keep in mind - Sona hi Sona Hai (Sleep is Gold)! My body and mind can handle short burst of intense activity, even sleeplessness. But that's only as long as in the picture, I'm getting all the rest and care I need. Parents often have early mornings and late nights - hectic weekends and tiring holidays. There's a need for a balance, even if it seems impossible. Make time for one another to take a break. And remember, moods get affected by lack of sleep too! Its a major health factor. So, go easy on each other. Tired, stressed out, unhealthy bodies cant be good for relationships. So, what do you do? Smile. Take a break. Sleep. Put that phone aside - I'm sure I've said that before on this blog and elsewhere. Can't be said enough, no? If you agree with any of the problems I've shared here, I hope you'll try the solutions too!
Its pretty much public knowledge that after 2 failed attempts, I have finally received the freedom to drive in the form of my driving license! What most people don't know is that I moved to the UAE in April of 2008, and since that day I've been making my way around either via public transport or thanks to family and friends who are license holders and a lot of the times, on foot. And I truly enjoy a good, long walk. With the license now, it is going to be my endeavor to keep that going. And to get things started, I decided to take the children on a tour of the Dubai Public Transport. Needless to say, they loved it! What is awesome is that with the weather looking good taking the bus/ tram/ metro at least once a week is a great way to get a little bit of activity in our busy day. That it helps reduce congestion on the roads is an added advantage that many will bless us for! Here are some moments from our recent tram trip! Tired faces, blurry selfies, and a family that slept well after a day of walking, talking, swiping nol cards and looking outside windows!
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. But when in Dubai, or anywhere in the UAE, for that matter, what's stopping you from doing as pleases the heart?! So, this last weekend, wonder of wonders, we found ourselves on a farm in Abu Dhabi! Good to be able to see those bright colors! And just so much green all around! It was such a delight to actually hand pick fruits and veggies, show the children where all that good nutrition really comes from and above all, the knowledge that we were purchasing home-grown, organic food! Super tasty too! My motto is real simple - eat healthy and stay healthy! And now you know, its totally possible now!
There's something about walking. It completely refreshes me. It gives me time for some reflection, time to gather my thoughts and time to unwind. And the bonus - the views! I couldn't get over how green some parts of Dubai are! There are works of art waiting to be discovered everywhere. And bridges that have walkways that let you enjoy the view better on foot than with your foot on the pedal. And then sometimes, out of nowhere, Dubai's best kept secret pops out right in front of you! Stairs. A million of them. Waiting to be conquered. Safe to say, I didn't leave the battleground. Walking is my thing. Its my way. I do it often. And its literally what keeps me going 😉
Life in Dubai is great. I love it to bits. Even so, there are some paradoxes I can't get over. Every time I see someone 'driving' to the gym, I ask myself why they won't just walk there - walking is exercise too. Then there'll be those who use fitness trackers to count the 'number of steps' they take in a day. Those trackers have me wondering why we need to know the exact number of steps we've walked. On a day when you've walked a lot, you'll know. I walk a lot, trust me, I know. Then again, I know the answers to these questions. Driving to the gym. Well, what else do you do when you're rushed for time? Or when the temp outside is unbearable? Fitness trackers work too. Some people are more driven to achieve a goal when its a contest. Or a game. Whichever way you look at it. It works. Here's what else works too. Enjoying yourself. Having a good time. And when it comes to me - I have the best time of all when I'm outdoors with my little ones in the play area. They really know how to stay fit - without actively trying to do so. And I love spending time with them. Outdoors is my favourite. They keep me active and alert. And all the laughs we share are a bonus! If you're like me, you love the outdoors, would jump at the idea of trekking up a mountain, but are grounded till the children get a little older, then this is just the thing for you. Step out with them as often as you can, play with them. And above all else, put that phone away! 🙂 Enjoy getting healthier and more active. Let children show you the way. And hey, while I'm sharing gyaan on getting healthier, what's a good gyaan session without a good inspirational quote?! Here's one I spotted recently. In the end, I wish you all the best 🙂 From one parent to another, don't let life get you down. Get up. Shake it off. Move on.