RM Style Mama: Jennifer Parmelee – Calm Your Nervous System
I feel like I have a million thoughts circling my head from writing my next post to doing my accounting to baking 50 cupcakes for an event. How do I manage my crazy life? This week’s StyleMama, Jennifer Parmelee, says moms like me need to find an activity that calms the nervous system. While Jennifer meditates and practices yoga daily, she says that some of us may be too far gone to commit to yoga and mediation right away. She says the best thing to do is to give yourself at least 10-15 minutes a day to have some “me” time. It can be writing in a journal, splashing paint on a canvas, or just sitting down and concentrating on your breathing. “Being compassionate to yourself on a daily basis will help center you and bring you back to a point where you can focus on your breath,” says Jennifer.
Jennifer Parmelee in Manhattan - Photo by Mindy Veissid
Hometown: Manhattan, New York
Age: 38 years-old
Children: 1 girl, 4 years-old
Occupation: Doula, Childbirth Educator, Lactation Counselor, & Yoga Therapist
You can find more information about Jennifer’s practice at Parmakarma.com
How does she look so darn good?
Jennifer practices clean living, which involves eating vegetarian and juicing, as well as regularly practicing meditation and yoga. Jennifer says she also follows Chinese medicine and uses Chinese herbs as part of her regime. She stresses that part of her overall wellness is also attributed to the community of women she surrounds herself with. She says it’s important for mothers to have other women to look to for support, inspiration, and friendship. “Creating a support network of friends is just as essential to your overall well-being.”
What is she wearing?
Jewelry: Infinitelee (Jenny’s Father) & Satya
Sandals: Abercrombie & Fitch
“My style totally varies from Bohemian chic to super-glam to yoga-girl relaxed. I dress in the “feeling of the moment”. I love jewelry and its always a staple, especially gem stones.” – Jennifer Parmelee
RebelMom Photographer: Mindy Véissid, a native New Yorker, grew up surrounded by lights, shadow and movement. Her photos reflect not only this, but also incorporates her creative background in painting and writing by use of metaphor, texture and composition. Mindy has been called an intuitive photographer, in that she shoots from her heart. Because of this, she is able to capture candid, true and fleeting moments. Before becoming an international fine art photographer in 2009, Mindy worked in the corporate world and found herself living in Luxembourg and Switzerland for six years. Mindy moved back to the US in 2007, and currently resides in New York City. For more information, visit www.MindyVeissid.com or on Facebook.
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