What does being a mindful mother look like?
I feel like I'm constantly breaking down the stigma that, "support groups just aren't for me". You don't even know how many times a week I hear this statement. I say, don't discount it till you try it. The groups offered here are not "traditional" support groups. These groups are small, intimate and focused. And while I'm on the topic, most groups welcome a well-timed f-bomb, a laugh out loud poop story and a good cry.
We are HONEST, supportive and raise each other up instead of tearing each other down.
I recently did a poll on social media about that being a mindful mother means to my followers. Here are the incredible responses.
BEING A MINDFUL MOTHER IS...
- being present and living within that moment
- being aware that my feelings/needs/wants are just as important as those of my kids!
- taking time for self care
- being patient, but also knowing when to take a break!
- slowing down in each moment and being in tune with my child's needs and my own
- about being gentle with myself while working towards my personal emotional goals and knowing what I need that day to move forward with that
- a balance of being present for my son when I’m with him and prioritizing my own self care when I’m not
- paying attention to what is happening inside my body and recognizing when I need a snack before I start getting angry at my kids
- taking time for myself - well-intentioned, meaningful time
- is learning from other like minded moms
- slowing down, being present, taking time for myself, taking time for my husband and our relationship. Happy parents = happy baby.
- not giving a shit what others say about how I parent my children
- finding your tribe and loving their children like your own
- prioritizing - what's more important: an all day cleaning day- or a day at the beach? Doing the dishes right after supper or a family bike ride? No answer is right, and it changes all the time. But being mindful of which option I am prioritizing and why in that moment.
- all about awareness and being present in the moment, which I can only imagine will be beneficial to me as a new mother as I learn to adjust to this major life change!
- knowing when to ask for help!
- taking the advise or ideas that you want to try or that work for you and leave the rest
- accepting that expectation and reality are two VERY different things
- is finding support
TIPS & TRICKS FOR INTEGRATING MINDFULNESS INTO YOUR LIFE (FROM REAL MOMS RIGHT HERE IN YOUR CITY)
I’m still learning but scheduling it just like an appointment is the only thing that seems to work for me!
HAVING A MEDITATION PRACTICE
Being present is practicing a meditation practice whether it is 5 minutes a day of sitting meditation or simply just reminding yourself to be in that moment.
AWARENESS OF TIME SPENT
I just really try to be conscious and aware of my time alone. WHAT I do isn’t as important as my acknowledgement of doing it for me. Like going to the grocery store can be what I need but I make sure I recognize it’s time alone. Shop leisurely. Treat myself at the end. Take the long way home. That kind of thing! Being conscious and aware of the time. Allow it to heal you.
TIME WITH YOUR PARTNER
It’s hard. It’s always a work in progress. It’s getting easier as our babe gets older. On days when I am home in the evening I try and not stress about the state of the house and take time to check in with my husband after our daughter has gone to bed. We’ve recently talked about how we could get a babysitter for a time when we are both available so we can reconnect and do something together.