WHY MOMS SHOULD PRACTICE MEDITATION
I glanced at my alarm clock. 3:00am. By this point, I’d been tossing and turning for over 4 hours, my mind caught up in a flurry of emotions.
In some sort of cosmic kick in the pants, I had found out that two different people in my close orbit harbored negative feeling towards me. And it wasn’t something I said or did.
It was just me. Like, they didn’t like who I was at my core.
Which was devastating.
Because there was no way to “fix” it. I was consumed by it, losing sleep, and constantly on the verge of tears.
I needed to find a way to just be okay with them not liking me.
So with my mascara-stained face, I looked over at meditation and said “What the heck. Why not?”
And the results were nothing short of miraculous.
Despite only meditating for a few minutes at a time (I get fidgety after 5 minutes), I could quickly feel the stress and anxiety slipping away.
Meditation helped me let go of negative emotions–fear, pain, anger, disappointment–in order to feel calm, cool, and collected.
And after a few weeks, I felt like new person. Not only did I feel completely at peace with people hating me (hey, it happens sometimes!), but I was generally just happier.
MEDITATION IS AMAZING FOR MOMS
Meditation can change moms’ lives. Because what mom isn’t bombarded with stress?
We juggle kids, homes, jobs, and a million other things. Oh, and not to mention the monumental task of raising little humans into independent, hard-working, kind, well-adjusted big humans.
NO BIG DEAL.
Motherhood, while beautiful in so many ways (oh, the glorious snuggles!), it has a knack for turning us into exhausted balls of stress.
But here’s the amazing thing: meditation can help relieve stress and allow you to enjoy more of motherhood.
All you need is a few minutes, and meditation can have a powerful effect on your life.
I was living proof of the research-backed benefits of meditation: improved sleep, reduced stress, and increased focus.
What mom doesn’t need that?
BUT IT WAS MORE THAN THAT.
I was learning to have consistent inner peace regardless of the situation I found myself.
A child losing their mind in a tantrum? No problem. We’ll wait out the worst of it and snuggle.
Getting cut off in traffic? Well, that guy sure must be in a hurry! Maybe his wife is in the hospital.
The babysitter cancelling last minute for date night? We’ll rent a movie online after the kids go to bed!
Not only was I able to let go of the pain and devastation I was feeling due to essentially being loathed by people I had to interact with, I was able to move through my life with more ease and patience.
Which is ultimately helping me on the road to being the person and mom I want to be.
GET STARTED WITH MEDITATION
If that sounds great to you, then you can get started with mediation RIGHT NOW. You actually don’t need anything other than a comfortable spot, a bit of quiet, and a few minutes.
Here’s how you can get started:
1) SET ASIDE A FEW MINUTES TO MEDITATE DAILY
The first step is to figure out when you can take a few moments for yourself. And that’s really all you need to start out–just a few minutes. But a few minutes everyday will have a massive impact on your life.
Like anything, meditation is a skill. And with daily practice you can get better and reap more of the benefits.
Personally, I’m a huge believer in waking up before your kids. I find that meditating in the still calm of the morning is the best time for me.
2) START WITH GUIDED MEDITATIONS
Since there are so many different kinds of meditation, it can be confusing to know where to start. Because of that, guided meditations can be a great introduction into meditation.
Instead of sitting and trying to empty your brain of all thoughts, guided meditations gently guide your focus and help you learn meditation. Guided meditation resources:
- UCLA Health has awesome mediations starting at just 3 minutes long. Free.
- Meditation Minis Podcast has short soothing meditations. Free.
- Headspace is a fantastic app with a giant guided meditation library. 10 free meditations.
3) BE PATIENT WITH YOURSELF
When you first start trying to meditate, it can feel frustrating because clearing your mind seems impossible. Your mind will wander like crazy. Thoughts will race around like ping pong balls.
But that’s 100% okay.
Because every time you gently push a thought away and return your focus to meditation it’s like a push-up for your brain. It will get easier and easier, so hang in there.
MEDITATION IS AMAZING
Meditation has the power to help moms reduce stress and increase joy in motherhood. Meditation has truly brought so much peace and happiness to my life. I sleep better, I worry less, and I am able to let go of negative feelings so much faster than before. I’m a more patient and happy mom.
Start reaping the benefits of meditation by listening to a guided meditation from the links above. And then tell me how it went!