Mindful Practices for the modern mama
Being more mindful in our lives has become such an important and needed area in mamas lives the last few years. We have more things to consume through media now than ever before, our smartphones are computers that we carry with us all day long and can use so mindlessly. Standing in line at the grocery store and all of a sudden your scrolling Instagram 🙋🏼♀️ how the heck did that happen!
To live mindfully we really have to slow down, and pay attention which is hard to do. How can we bring mindfulness into our daily lives without feeling the need to move to the middle of a forest without any wifi? I’m going to share a few ideas with you today and I want you to start with whatever your intuition is guided towards. Meaning the one that makes you say hmm that sounds interesting, maybe I should try it. That’s the one to choose!
5 senses awareness
5 senses awareness can be done in so many ways, settings, and with your kids. Next time you sit down to eat check in with your 5 senses. Often at dinner I will have my son pause before he eats and tell me what he notices with his 5 senses about his food. He will usually ask me the same thing. It’s a great way to connect with what you are eating.
You can also use the 5 senses awareness on a walk. Take a nature walk and just pause to connect with your 5 senses. I have found nature can really help us to slow down and tune in, if we let it. Note- you might not want to taste anything unless you know your edible plants outdoors.
As soon as you wake up pause and say what you are grateful for before even leaving your bed. Take a deep breath and then start your day. Maybe then you go to a designated morning mindfulness space. You can just sit quietly with yourself for a minute to center before starting your day. Or my favorite is to listen to Sarah Blondin on Insight Timer as I’m getting ready. Then I sit in my mindfulness chair and either meditate, journal, pull an oracle card. I do whatever I feel called to do that morning.
Car/bus/metro transit mindfulness:
This is great if you feel so strapped for time but want to take a few minutes to switch gears before coming home. Pause for maybe just a minute and switch gears from work mode to mom mode. If you are a stay at home mama maybe take a mommy time out and pending your kiddos ages tell them everyone is taking minute for themselves. Be creative with this one it’s possible. I’ve heard some great recommendations from other busy mamas who build it into their day without needing it to “look” a certain way.
3 Deep Breaths:
When we breathe deeply we slow down not only our breath but our mind and body as well. So taking time throughout your day to pause and take 3 deep breaths breathing all the way to your low belly. This is especially great before a big decision, when your kids have you at your last wit, or you just need to simply pause and change your state of mind.
Sigh it out:
The sigh it out method is one I use with my son and I enjoy doing it as well. What we do is when he gets angry I’ve taught him to make an audible ahhhh sound. He will continue to make that sound until he feels calmer. I also use this with myself and if I feel myself in need to sigh it out so I don’t lose my ish with my son we will both do it together. Now he will even tell me to sigh it out if he sees me getting frustrated with something.
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