Ensuring Mother’s Day isn’t the only carefree day
How often do you listen to your children but not really ‘hear’ them? Can you think of times you have lost yourself in story? Maybe it was whilst taking a shower or going for a run? What about the stories you created following your first date and then you find yourself walking down the aisle and giving birth to 3 kids in the house of your dreams. Maybe the scenarios of the up and coming attempt to ask for a raise is giving you butterflies or driving somewhere and not recalling the last 100km?
Well you’re not alone. The mind is in full swing and the majority of us are drowning in its rants.
Mindfulness can help. It is one of the world’s fastest growing health and wellness spaces. The supporting results in business, trauma, sport, education and illness (just to name a few) are accumulating and the power of the practice is being heard.
Mindfulness is attention to the action without judgement, your attention to the experience with all senses. ‘Being’ in the moment & opening your mind to what is in front of you, no matter what it is. It is allowing the minds rant, but not paying attention to what it has to say.
However, just like you have rehearsed so well at listening to the minds rant, it does take some practice. The good news is that once you are there, it has the ability to enliven the fundamentals of being human, goodness, compassion, joy and happiness (1).
One popular form of mindfulness is Meditation, meditation practices support being mindful. There are many forms of meditation some of the most commonly known are guided, mantra, visual, breath count, silence, walking, mindful and tree gazing.
Meditation decreases the levels of stress hormone, cortisol in the brain and allows for a responsive state of being opposed to reactive. (2)
As parents we all know raising children can be stressful at times. We know stress affects our health and increases the likelihood of snapping at our kids.
Many parents are living with constant stress and anxiety, worry about the children, relationships, work, crazy schedules and the endless to-do lists. MRI scans show that meditation decreases activity in the brain regions associated with stress. With a regular meditation practice, anxiety can be given the boot. The result, a parenting approach out of love not fear.
In addition to a reduction in stress, there are other health benefits, including stronger immune systems – The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine researchers found that meditation lessons the effects of colds (3), something every parent would welcome…especially during the lead up to Winter!
If you’re new to the concept of mindfulness, I invite you to be curious, explore and play. Start with just 5-10 minutes of meditation a day, before work, in the car after school drop off, before gym class, on the bus, at the office, in the park or before bed. It is a tool for anytime, anywhere and for anyone. Guided meditation is a great kick-starter. Try one of my favourite 10-minute meditations HERE
Right now, take a moment and …
- CLOSE YOUR EYES
- Feel the breeze in your hair.
- Keep your eyes closed.
- Squeeze your body – every part even your eyelids.
- Relax and take 10 slow, mindful breaths through your nose and out your mouth.
- Notice your abdomen rise and fall.
- Notice your breath.
- Notice the breeze on your skin and in your hair.
YOU JUST MEDITATED #yjm
Meditation is my main go to tool for getting me through life’s stressors, for clarity, wellness, creativity, peak athletic performance and all the other delicious words used to describe the potential and availability of a fabulous full life experience.
To all the mums out there, Happy Mother’s Day!
Awareness changes everything®
Source: 1.http://liveanddare.com/benefits-of-meditation/ 2.http://eocinstitute.org/meditation/dhea_gaba_cortisol_hgh_melatonin_serotonin_endorphins/ 3. Dr. Shefali Tsabary, author of The Conscious Parent