30 Ways in 30 Days
Lead a yoga, exercise or relaxation class for parents or kids
Stress, exhaustion and anxiety lead to deteriorating physical and mental health at a time when parents most need their strength. Hours spent on uncomfortable chairs at a child's hospital bedside only add to aching muscles, back strain and headaches.
Volunteers at Ronald McDonald Houses and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms offer classes for parents and children in yoga, exercise, relaxation and personal wellness.
At the Ronald McDonald House in New York City, volunteers provide a wide range of self-care programs for parents. Among the many volunteers is Diana Mullman, who teaches a mind/body class to ease physical and mental tension. "These programs not only offer immediate relaxation, but help parents learn techniques to relieve stress in the difficult weeks and months ahead as they care for their critically ill child," says Helen Stafford, volunteer manager.