Mindfulness is simply having an awareness of the things around you. It seems simple, right? Except as moms, we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the day and barely notice the roses. It’s the same as when the kitchen of a restaurant gets in the weeds. The small details of the plate get thrown out in favor of just pumping out dishes. It’s normal. What sucks though is that sometimes we end up missing out on major cues from our own bodies and minds. We miss out on the fact that we need some time to ourselves or that we just aren’t feeling up to par. This means we miss out on valuable rest or me time. We can’t communicate those needs to others if we haven’t realized them ourselves, right? I’m here to tell you that you can do it, and it doesn’t have to take a lot of time.
It’ll feel like you’ve taken a deep breath for your soul.
Remember it doesn’t have to be complicated.
Slow down and notice
This doesn’t have to last long. You can take a minute or two to just sit by yourself and notice what’s going on in the world around you. I try to do this during naptime or while I’m knitting. It’s a good time because you aren’t running around chasing after your little. You’re already feeling relaxed. It’s just a few minutes to take inventory of yourself, your surroundings, and what you really want from your life/day.
Take 5 deep breaths
Taking a moment to take 5 deep breaths reminds your body what it’s like to relax. It reminds your body that it does understand stillness. The first three breaths are your body getting permission to relax. The last two are you actually giving into the relaxation. All you have to do is find a moment to close your eyes and breathe. Easy, right? I think we can all find the time for this too. You can even do this when you’re having a frustrating moment with your little. It’ll help them to learn how to relax when they’re frustrated as well. Now you’ll be mindful of how you really want to solve that problem.
Write it out
This is not your to-do list. I want you to write down what is in your heart. This list should be separate from you gratitude practice. This type of list might not work for everyone, but I wanted to include it because I feel like it’s important for us to all have an option that appeals to us most. This list is your I want to remember list. A list of things that you really want to think about tomorrow or even 10 years from now. It’s for reminders about your goals and how to remain mindful in your daily life.
Stretching is important especially with an active child. We don’t want you pulling your groin chasing that toddler. We do want your mind to quiet itself though and stretching can do that as well as prepare you for the marathon that is going to be your day. Trust me, I know the feeling. My toddler is constantly on the move. One minute, we’re watching Sesame Street and the next minute we’re outside playing ball. I love it and wouldn’t have it any other way.
Enjoy tea or coffee
When you’re doing this, I want you to slowly enjoy the process of making your coffee or tea. I want you to take in a large sniff of the aroma coming from the cup. This will help your brain to focus on this one small thing versus all the busyness going on in the world around you. It’s seriously a great time to stop and reflect.