The Mindful Mama

Mindfulness is one of those buzzwords you hear all the time if you're anywhere near the mental health field. It even seems to be gaining popularity in pop culture, being named one of the "10 trends that will shape the world in 2014" by JWT (a world marketing communication brand).

If you're unfamiliar with "mindfulness" or "mindful living" I'll give you the basic breakdown I give all my clients...

What it is

It's a way to reduce stress and to improve physical and psychological well being.
It's also a way to be more present in your life, and thus more conscious of your actions, and choices.
It's a method that can help you appreciate life more, and help you feel more connected to others, and more empowered in your choices.

What it's not

It's not hours of sitting like a monk meditating. (Well it doesn't have to be.)
It's not just for hippies and new agey people or liberals.
It's not something you "don't have time for," trust me, you have two minutes to spare.

What it is

Essentially it's taking time to slow down and be more observant.

So how can you be a little more mindful as a parent? Over the next few weeks I'll post a weekly mindfulness activity for you to try. It should only take a few minutes of your time, and hopefully you'll find you'll start feeling a little less stressed, a little more present and a little more connected to your kids (and even the rest of the world). And if it works or doesn't let me know! I'd love to hear about your experiences!

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