These tips are NOT just for the Holidays! It's a good time to start, though - because they are just around the corner!
With holiday season kicking off; it's easy to start to feel stressed. Stress about finances, stress about time crunches and bad weather - shopping for the perfect gifts and somehow finding time to make it to 1,849,998 dinner parties and half of which you have to bring a dish to pass..........
pumpkins, turkeys and santa oh my!
stop. right there. Let's work together and be ten steps ahead of the stress!
Mindfulness. What's that??
In a nut shell, it's about being present in the moment. Not thinking ahead about all of the things to stress about, and not thinking behind you (past) of things that have stressed you out. Living in the current moment; enjoying it.
- Becoming more aware of what you are thinking and doing - whats going on in your mind and body.
B is for "just Being" with your experience. Avoiding the tendency to respond on auto-pilot and feed problems by creating your own story.
C is for seeing things and responding more wisely. By creating a gap between the experience and our reaction to, we can make wiser choices.
Being Mindful can help you recognize, slow down or stop automatic and habitual reactions, respond more effectively to complex or difficult situations and see your actions more clearly! You can also become more creative, patient and joyful. You will surely learn to achieve a better balance between all of the things you are juggling.
But HOW? The easiest way is to start incorporating it into your every day life. (And become happier in the mean time!)
1. Use your senses. When you are holding your kids, close your eyes - smell them. Listen to the sound of their voice. Touch them, notice how small and soft their hands are. Discover things you may be missing because you are so busy and overwhelmed.
2. Talk it out with yourself. Before you make a decision, talk to yourself about it. Is this really the best way to do this? If I do something this way, will it cause me more stress later on? Is there something I can do to help myself feel more joy right now?
3. Try to take a break before your day starts. Don't immediately wake up and grab your phone to check messages, for example. By doing this you are flooding yourself with more information than you can process in those first few minutes and you are actually setting yourself up for feeling rushed and overloaded. Just lay there. Feel how soft and warm your bed is. Notice what's around you. Think about your day. Make a goal for yourself for one thing you will do today to make yourself happy.
4. Practice mindfulness while you wait. In our fast paced lives mixed with our access to instant gratification, waiting is a huge source of frustration. This is the perfect time to practice mindfulness. Start by paying attention to your breathing, how fast or slow - how deep or shallow. Let your mind wander from there.
5. Be conscious of your posture. Sometimes sitting up straight and having open body language is a great first step to changing the tempo of your day! Un-clench your hands, relax your shoulders. Open your body up to positive energy!
Give it a try! This is also a great skill to teach your children. Being mindful helps you life a happier, more peaceful and fulfilling life!
Sending lots of love and peace to you!
Metro Detroit Mommy Blogger: Robin Slawnyk - HarmonyND
Robin is a busy Wife and Mom of 4 and owner of Harmony Naturopathic. She considers herself a stay-at-home Mom even though she is a Photographer and Holistic Practitioner working in her community. Robin homeschools her children and leads a very natural and organic lifestyle. You might consider her the "crunchy" one of the group, as her focus will be on the natural products and services available to us and like-minded families.