How to start meditating if you’re a busy mum
If you’re like most busy mums, you probably come across mothers who appear high on life and wonder how they are able to juggle all their mum duties and have so much energy at the same time. Surprisingly, their secret isn’t some magic energy pill, but just the power of meditation.
Research confirms that meditation can help mothers manage the demands that come with motherhood in an efficient manner. According to a study published in the journal, Archives of Women’s Mental Health, women who practiced mindfulness in their postpartum stages showed significantly less stress, psychological distress and anxiety than women who didn’t meditate. Furthermore, the group that meditated experienced greater self-awareness and self-compassion. To top it all off, they were less reactive and judgmental.
As a bonus, research also suggests that meditation can help you lose weight post pregnancy and reach a healthy BMI. According to one study, meditation can help women create smart dietary habits, which can help them lose weight effectively.
It’s easy to completely brush off meditation by saying you don’t have time for it. However, practicing mediation can help you fulfill your tasks more efficiently, giving you more “me time” at the end of the day. The following meditation, or should we say “mumitation” tips are sure to give you results, and help you become a happier and healthier mum.
Find your happy place
Look for a place in your house that exudes peace and positivity for you. This may include a quiet corner in your living room, next to your house plants, or the chair you used to rock your baby.
Determine the best time of the day to meditate
This should be any time of the day when you are able to sit in one place uninterrupted. Most mothers who meditate enjoy doing it first thing in the morning before the kiddos wake up.
Commit to meditating every day
This may sound difficult, but understand that you deserve five minutes of “me time.” Just taking five minutes for self-love will not only help reap benefits for you, but your family as well.
You’re free, even if it’s just for five minutes. You don’t have a baby pressing up against your chest. Make the most of that extra space in your lungs and take in slow, relaxed deep breaths. Allow your diaphragm to expand fully and calm your mind.
Don’t try to shut off negative or troubling thoughts, as this could trigger stress. You don’t have to clear your mind to mediate. Simply allow thoughts to enter and leave at their own pace.
Allow light to relax you
Close your eyes and visualize a warm glowing light traveling through your body. Picture this light and let it enter ever muscle in your body, relaxing them in the process.
Have a mantra or “mumtra”
A mantra is any word or phrase you repeat several times to calm your mind and enter that deeper state of relaxation. Feel free to create your own mantra that helps create feelings of positivity and calmness inside you.
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