Being a mother is joyful, exciting, rewarding and … sometimes stressful.
No one said being a mom is easy. Staying the course of being a mom that is mindful can prepare you to handle everything being a parent has to throw at you and might even keep you sane along the way.
Raising our family can often come with many challenges. As time passes, some things have gotten easier, while others might slip away into the busy routines of life.
The fact of the matter is, it’s not always easy being a mom, but it’s definitely worth it. You‘re a part of every step your family takes, big or small. Watching them grow into beautiful human beings because of your efforts is incredibly rewarding.
However, you don’t stop being you when you become a mother. You’re still a partner, a daughter, a friend, a businesswoman. You have dreams, hopes, and goals entirely outside the realm of parenthood.
It’s not easy because it seems like everyone needs your time, and there’s never enough. It feels impossible to keep from becoming drained.
So how do you stay balanced?
You can find ways to incorporate a mindful routine, which is an amazing way to start to living a centered life. But things change once you’re a mom! So, we’ve put together some tips for mindfulness at home to enjoy family time and practice being a mom that is present for not only your family, but yourself.
Why mindfulness is important for your family
We live in a fast paced world that sometimes makes us live our day-to-day lives on auto-pilot. Slowing down and learning to practice mindfulness can help you appreciate the present moment and make room for building stronger relationships with each member of your family by creating mindful habits, rituals and routines that you can practice together.
How to practice mindfulness for beginners
The first step to start a mindful practice is to be willing to detach yourself from distractions and commit to be fully present for whichever activity you will choose as your next ritual. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite mindfulness tips to get you started. Enjoy!
Our tips for mindfulness at home and fostering bonding time with your family
1. Introduce dedicated no-screen time - and that means you, too
How many hours does your family spend using screens? Studies have shown that screen time makes it harder for kids to enjoy life outside of apps and videos. And, actually, screens are doing that to you too! Those spreadsheets you’ve been editing? Videos of cute animals your friends send you? All important (yes, the animals too), but it can be bad for our brains.
This presents the perfect opportunity to practice a little mindful parenting.
A simple way to practice mindfulness is when you and your family take thirty minutes - or even a few hours - of dedicated no-screen time, you’re repairing everyone’s energy. Life doesn’t go as fast as our technology does, and it takes practice to calm down, slow our roll, and just be.
Enjoy the sun on your face, enjoy reading with your kids, let yourself become immersed in their stories, and tell them some of your own. Being a mindful mom really can be that simple - engage, and enjoy!
2. Explore outdoor mindfulness activities
Taking your family outdoors for an evening walk before dinner is a great way to foster bonding time and get them to tell you about their day, concerns or achievements.
When you give your family a dedicated time to start a conversation you’re letting them know that no matter how busy your day was, you’ll always make it a priority to dedicate them time each evening to simply talk and walk.
3. Start a family relaxation ritual
This can simply be to try a family meditation exercise together, or to light a candle before dinner or bed to get the mood ready for unwinding and relaxing together.
You can accompany this relaxation moment with starting a conversation talking about what you’re grateful for in a casual conversation and encourage the rest of the family to open up and express their emotions.
Of course this bonding ritual can be done on special days or circumstances, it doesn’t need to be done on a daily basis, but it’s a mindfulness activity that can help you build stronger family relationships and communication skills. So give it a try and see where it takes you!
4. Slow down sometimes, give yourself permission to take breaks and accept the imperfections of each day
Having a family is a handful. Maybe two handfuls. Actually, maybe three.
You might have noticed just how hectic things can be, especially those challenging days where you need to use up all your energy to be there for them, no matter what. That can be so, so frustrating - but it’s also causing a lot of unnecessary stress.
When you find yourself feeling that tidal wave pull over your head, give yourself a second to stop, breathe, and re-evaluate.
If you have school aged kids, what happens if you’re late to school? You’re late to school. That’s okay once in a while. What happens if someone puts their shirt on backwards? Their shirt will be on backwards. That’s okay once in a while too.
There’s so much pressure to be perfect - but no one’s perfect. Taking every misstep, every missed bus, every tantrum, too seriously can harm our self-worth and put unneeded pressure on us.
Every so often, evaluate your priorities, and give yourself a break. You’re doing amazing, we promise.
5. End your days taking care of yourself with our favorite mindfulness technique for stress and anxiety
As a mother, you endlessly take care of those you love. They need you, depend on you, and give you the greatest joy the world has to offer.
But, sometimes that leads to burnout. When you’re overworked, stressed, and frazzled, your emotional well-being suffers, and so does your family. Stress is contagious, and your family can pick up on your emotions and reflect them back to you. That can even lead to worsening behavior and “acting out.”
That means that a mindful pampering session can do wonders for your relationships and for you. You can go all-out into creating a home spa experience for yourself as a real treat! But we know you’re busy - even just incorporating self-care products into your evening routine is stellar self-care.
Aromatic body oils like L’Beauxtique’s Evening Body Serum harness the power of plants to introduce deep peace through mind and body relaxation. It’s so wholesome and good for your skin, too, helping you ease away the signs of stress and anxiety from your entire body.
We hope these mindfulness tips for beginners help you become more mindful for you and your family. The secret is that what helps you, helps them.
Being mindful means listening.
Sure, it means listening to your family and their behaviors. What are they trying to tell you when words fail? But it also means listening to your own body. Are you carrying stress in ways that harm you?
Find your opportunities to slow down, to take a breath, to listen, and to take care of yourself.
Giving yourself the gift of time and self-care is essential to living a joyful, peaceful life. Never forget that you matter. Healing plant-based self-care products do wonders for re-centering your much-needed energy as a mother, and you’re always allowed to take some time for yourself to recharge and relax. Give our Evening Body Serum a try and see for yourself, or give it to someone else who needs a reminder of self love and self care!
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