Mindfulness in Motherhood
Most of us already know that being mindful is about being present in the moment, on purpose. It’s bringing your full attention to that moment and being in touch with the sensations in your body. When you are mindful, you are not void of thoughts but rather you are viewing them without judgement, creating space around them. Pregnancy and postpartum are optimal times to begin practicing mindfulness and in fact, it can reduce incidences of stress, anxiety and depression.
“Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.” - Khalil Gibran
So much about parenthood is unpredictable. We spend much of our time and energy trying to get things the way we want them to be rather than approaching each situation as it is.
You know that scary feeling of going into auto-pilot while driving and not remembering how you got from A to B? The auto-pilot mode applies to many routine things we do daily, changing your baby’s diaper, making breakfast, dressing ect. What if you approached every experience throughout your day as if it was happening for the very first time? Well, actually, each experience IS happening for the first time! Try approaching every situation with curiosity and interest.
If you’ve ever done a mediation for anxiety you would know that usually the first thing they guide you to do is to focus on your body sensations; notice your breath, notice your heartbeat, what do you see around you? Think about utilizing your senses when incorporating mindfulness. Focus on your breathing and how it feels in your body, try counting your steps when walking (like what we used to do as children), listen to the wind blow through the trees, notice your thoughts, name them and then send love to them! Try single-tasking instead of doing multiple things at once. See how you feel. It may seem obvious but in Motherhood it’s not so easy to practice. Just keep trying and eventually it will just become a part of you.
For extra tools on Mindfulness, check out our local psychologist, Sally with Wholistic Health YYC as well as Mama Bear Yoga. There is a great book called ‘Calm Mama, Happy Baby’ that is available in our lending library within our online portal as well.