Meditation is Amazing for Moms
“When you meditate, you get a focused, patient, mentally powerful momma.” –Xue Bravo
Why is meditating important for moms?
Meditating is important for our mental health so we can be the best mom to our children possible.A woman’s health is of utmost importance because as a mom as you are responsible for not just yourself but your kids, too. Meditating allows us moms to clear our minds that are constantly jumbled with a million things to do and a million what was I thinking, what was my child thinking or I forgot that moments. Meditating helps us to become mentally strong and recognize our strengths and weaknesses. It can help us to have a moment of true silence and peace that we can then bring to our children, home and parenting. Meditating not only has mental health benefits but also physical health benefits. When you meditate, you allow more oxygen and positive thoughts and affirmations into your brain, helping it to grow physically through neuroplasticity.
I know that when I practice my meditation in the mornings right before the kids are up and our home is filled with laughter and sometimes screams, it helps me to be more patient and connected to myself as well as my kids. Allowing myself this time for silence allows me to mentally prepare for all the good and bad stresses that come with motherhood.
What is meditating?
Here are a few definitions
To think deeply or focus one’s mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation.
To think deeply or carefully about (something). To plan mentally; consider.
For me meditating can be either one of those or all three of those. It can be five minutes or ten – on good days. Meditation can be customized to each person’s needs and lifestyle. Most importantly meditation is life giving and necessary for all moms in any stage of motherhood.
Meditating doesn’t have to be hard, it doesn’t require a special room, and it certainly doesn’t have to be intimidating. You can try out my free Guided Five Minute Meditation if you’re interested in more tips and a simple way to start meditating today.
Tips For Success
It will take some time to practice sitting in silence and just letting your brain take control, and then learning to take control of your brain. But do not get down if you only get two minutes in, that is better than anything at this point. If you’re just starting out be easy on yourself, have patience in this learning process.
If you find it too hard to sit in silence and contemplate on “nothing,” try a simple breathing exercise. Take a four second deep breath in through your nose, hold for four seconds then release slowly through your mouth for four seconds. As you do so, notice your breathing and how it impacts your body language.
Common Questions About Meditating
How do you meditate at home?
Start by finding a time where you know you will not be interrupted, then find a good place to relax. Close your eyes and start to take deep breaths. Once you get a rhythm going, try to focus on letting thoughts go as soon as they come. If you find your mind wondering, no worries, start focusing on your deep breaths. Refer to the simple breathing exercise I mentioned above. This is an extremely simple way of meditating, if you’d like more information, you can download it here.
Do I Need A Meditation Room?
As I stated earlier, you absolutely do not need a specific room for meditating, and as moms, that’s probably not possible right now.
Do I have to meditate for a long time in order to reap the benefits?
No, to benefit from a meditation, it is all about quality. Try to carve out a good time you know you will have uninterrupted alone time, again even if it is going to be five minutes – make sure it will be uninterrupted. When you are anxious that you may or may not be interrupted it makes it hard to focus on “nothing” and meditate well.
What does meditation do for me?
It does an endless number of positive things for your mind, body and soul, but here are a few of m favorites for us moms. It helps you get clarity on situations, it helps keep you calm and collected in stressful situations, it allows you to come to peace with yourself so you can be patient and compassionate with others and so much more.
The Last Thing You Need To Know About Meditation For Moms
It is important to know that it will take some time to get used to doing nothing as moms while we meditate, but don’t think of it so much in that way, as meditating is amazing in fueling your mind, body and soul and allowing you to be a better mom. Each time you practice you will get better and better. Do not rush through the process, instead set a shorter time limit for your meditations if you ever feel rushed to complete a meditation in a longer time period. And remember a meditation can be a simple two minute breathing exercise or a ten minute deep focus on patience, it all depends on the day, time and season of motherhood you are on. Good luck and may the meditations be ever in your favor momma.
Xue Bravo – Xue (pronounced Sue), is a mom of two sweet little girls and a new baby boy. She is married to her wonderful husband and most importantly, she is on a journey of self discovery and personal development as a stay at home mom. She blogs over at Growing in Motherhood and has a private Facebook Community for Life Coaching for Mothers.