Maybe before kids you had a great yoga and or meditation routine..... Or maybe you didn’t but you did take time for yourself a bit more. Now however your kids are around your ankles and even changing your sleep patterns and that morning routine has been lost. You struggle to find time for you.
Do I have a quick fix for you? Sorry, not unless you have someone to take the kids away while you get some yoga in – and maybe you can swing that if so that’s great. Many mothers of young kids find however that it is challenging so get that mindful / yoga / meditation routine in. To move forward mindfulness needs to become part of your life, part of who you are, part of parenting.
The Key To Including Mindfulness as a Parent
The key to including mindfulness in your life is in changing your expectations and allowing for flexibility in your practice, as well as making your day your practice. Take 5 minutes when you can get it. Allow your little person to snuggle in while you sit - they will love the peace and the feeling of you.... for a few minutes anyway
Find ways of bringing mindfulness into your daily routine. Instead of thinking of it as an addition think of it as part of something else.
Some Ideas for Including Mindfulness into your Day as a Parent
Take a walk and make your walk a mindful one. Tune into your breath and your 5 senses as you walk, deliberately noticing the air on your face, the feeling of your feet on the ground.....
Take a deep and deliberate breath every time before you: answer the phone; brush your teeth; change a nappy; open the door.....
Be mindful at feeding times (whether that be breast, bottle or solids) and focus on yourself and your little person – food is about connection as much as anything else. A few deep breaths here will help your digestion also.
Be present with your kids emotions, help them name it, acknowledge it, show that you can sit with it and they will learn how to as well.
Make bed time peaceful for both of you – your baby or small person will love and settle when you can breathe slowly and deeply while holding them or lying next to them.
Becoming a parent changes your life, no one is going to argue with that one. Becoming a parent also provides some many wonderful opportunities to learn, grow and of course to practice mindfulness. Embrace and surrender to life as a parent. Be present for it and both you and your kids will benefit.