Mindfulness doesn’t just come: it takes time to tend, foster, and most importantly grow. Although exceptionally simple, the practice of mindfulness, like any other practice, takes time to acuminate and sharpen. A technique that has caught on like wildfire in the past couple years, mindfulness is a powerful tool that can be used to combat any stressful situation. Lowering blood pressure, improving focus and concentration, as well as improving mental health, mindfulness can also be a mother’s key to peace.
It all starts with the breath. Close your eyes and take 10 deep belly breaths. Breathing can slow down thoughts and help you reconnect with yourself. In a world full of multitasking, monotasking can be one of the biggest challenges. However, focusing on the breath can take tension and pressure away. Relax your brow, jaw, and facial muscles. Begin to move your attention inward and feel your breath.
Slow down by taking a moment to observe your thoughts, body, and surroundings. Let your thoughts roll on through without judgement or expectation and continue to bring your focus back to the breath. Observe your body by bringing awareness to your body and letting go of any tension. Use this moment to fill yourself with gratitude. Even in a difficult situation, if you can find one thing to be grateful for, it can change your entire perspective.
- Root Down
Sitting and standing are an art. Ground down and release tension in your body. Sit comfortably, but sit tall without feeling stiff. Stand tall and feel the ground beneath your feet. Even while breastfeeding, changing diapers, or washing dishes, you can find the ability to root down to be extremely helpful and calming.
- Be Present
Here and Now. It’s easy to get carried away with the endless list of tasks that need to be done by the end of the day. Stay in the moment by letting those impending thoughts and demands of yourself go: for just 10 breaths. Release any judgement of yourself. Treat yourself with love and kindness. If you keep picking at your scabs, they will never heal.
Mindfulness is a practice that takes time. Don’t rush yourself and always use your breath to come back to the moment. There are many ways to practice mindfulness albeit these are a few foundational steps. For example, a mindful walk in nature can help you ground yourself with every step. Always reconnect with your breath for guidance.
Christin Lee is a yoga instructor, entrepreneur, and lifestyle blogger living in NYC. She currently writes for InsiderEnvy with an emphasis and focus on fitness, health, and universal human rights.