Updated: Aug 7
As a busy mum, I used to feel like I was constantly on the go from the moment I woke up until the time I collapsed into bed at night. My days were filled with nursery drop-offs, work deadlines, food shopping, cooking meals, and trying to keep what felt like a million plates all spinning. By the time the kids were finally asleep, I was so exhausted that I didn't have the energy to do anything else. I would just scroll through my phone mindlessly or watch netflix until I fell asleep.
I knew that something had to change. I felt like I was just going through the motions of life without really experiencing it. That's when I decided to start incorporating mindfulness into my morning and evening routines.
At first, I was skeptical. I didn't think that a few minutes of mindfulness could make that much of a difference in my day. But I was willing to try anything to feel more present and connected with my life.
So I started small. I set my alarm for just 10 minutes earlier than usual and used that time to sit quietly and breathe. It was hard at first - my mind would wander and I would get frustrated with myself. But over time, I started to notice a shift. I felt more calm and centered throughout my day, and I was able to approach even the most stressful situations with a greater sense of ease.
The same thing happened in the evening. Instead of mindlessly scrolling through my phone before bed, I started doing a short yoga practice or taking a warm bath. These small acts of self-care helped me to wind down and prepare for a restful night's sleep.
And the best part? These mindfulness practices didn't add anything extra to my to-do list. Instead, I started to habit stack by incorporating them into things I was already doing. For example, I would practice mindfulness while brushing my teeth or take a few deep breaths when I got into bed.
Now, my mornings before the kids are up and evenings after they are asleep, are some of my favorite parts of the day. They're the times when I can slow down, tune in to my body and mind, and set myself up for a successful day ahead or a restful night's sleep.
If you're feeling overwhelmed and disconnected as a busy mum, I encourage you to give mindfulness a try. Even just a few minutes a day can make a world of difference.
So, how can you create a mindful morning routine? The key is to keep it simple and make it a habit. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
Wake up a little earlier: I know, I know. As a parent, sleep is precious, but even waking up just 10-15 minutes earlier can make a big difference. Use this time to meditate, journal, or simply enjoy a cup of tea or coffee in peace.
Create a simple ritual: Choose a simple mindfulness practice to do each morning and evening. This could be anything from a short meditation to a gratitude practice to a few minutes of deep breathing. The key is to make it a habit and stick to it.
Practice habit stacking: One of the best ways to make a new habit stick is to "stack" it on top of something you already do consistently. For example, if you always brush your teeth before bed, add a few minutes of deep breathing or meditation after brushing. Or if you always have a morning coffee, make it device free and allow yourself to be present with your thoughts.
Use technology to your advantage: There are so many great apps and tools available to help you cultivate mindfulness. Whether it's a guided meditation app or a mindfulness journaling app, find something that works for you and make it a part of your routine.
Don't worry about being perfect: Remember, mindfulness is a practice, not a perfect. Don't worry if you miss a day or two, or if your routine isn't perfect. The key is to keep showing up and making mindfulness a priority in your life.
Creating a mindful morning routine can have a profound impact on your life as a parent. It can help you feel more grounded, present, and calm, even in the midst of chaos. So, take a few minutes each day to practice mindfulness and see what shifts start to happen. You might be surprised by how much of a difference it can make.
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