Bring mindfulness to your everyday life during these uncertain times
Hi mama’s. It’s been a while since I put out a blog post. Our lives have been turned upside down over the last 9 months and things have been very challenging to say the least. But it seems now we all find ourselves in uncertain times and we can all use some positivity, love and light. As we try to make sense of what is going on in the world around us, I’m sure we are all feeling a mix of emotions and uncertainty. In addition to trying to process this covid-19 pandemic, I am in the process of moving my family out of state.
My kids were kicked out of school back in September because we were on a religious vaccination exemption and a bill was passed to remove religious exemptions on June 13, 2019 in the state of NY. I was able to get my older two kids back in school after “catching them up” but sadly it didn’t work out for my younger guy so we have been homeschooling since September. My newly turned 4 year old is part of the homeschool fun as well. Here’s my story.
We want all of our kids in school and as long as we stay in NY, that won’t happen. So we decided that it would be best for our family to move out of NY shortly before the World Health Organization declared the recent Corona outbreaks a national pandemic. #timing.
Needless to say my stress level is at an all time high as I’m sure you are feeling as well. I have been very intentional about trying to maintain my stress and not let it get the best of me.
One thing I want to share with you that I have been working on is Mindfulness.
Being aware and being in the present moment helps us find calm and peace in these uncertain times. It’s been said that sadness lives in the past and anxiety lives in the future. There’s no better time than the present.
We are forced right now to stay at home and put life as we know it on hold. Let’s use this time to stop and smell the roses. Let’s be aware of the small things in daily life that we may often overlook.
Bring Mindfulness to your everyday life
Pay attention to what you’re doing without distractions.
For example, when was the last time you ate a meal without distraction? Think about it. So often when we’re eating, we’re talking to someone in the same room with us or we’re talking on the phone. If we’re not talking we may be on our phones checking email or scrolling aimlessly through social media. Maybe we’re sitting in front of the tv binging on the latest Netflix series or watching the news. If you’re a mom, I’m sure you have eaten meals while cooking, cleaning, homeschooling and helping with distance learning.
Until i started being mindful about something so mundane as eating, eating was always accompanied by another action.
Now I just sit and eat. Sounds kinda boring. Why would I do that? Bringing mindfulness to your meals reduces stress, promotes healthy relationships with food, makes for a positive experience and even makes food taste better.
Give it a try. Next time you sit down for a meal, focus just on eating, no phones, tv or distractions. Pay attention to the smell, shape, texture and taste of your food. Eat slowly. I’ve heard it said to chew food around 20 times before swallowing. Think about your food as fueling your body. The healthier your food choices are, the better fuel your giving to your body so it can perform at optimal capacity. Choose one meal in your day where you have limited distractions and bring mindfulness to that meal.
I chose food as an example because I love food. I am a foodie for sure. But I am being very intentional about fueling my body with healthy food during these stressful times. Of course I occasionally binge, but when I eat unhealthy, I don’t feel good and that is the last thing I need during these stressful times.
You can bring mindfulness to all areas of your life
Mindful Wakeup – Practices gratitude for a new day and set your intentions for the day
Mindful Workout – Be clear about what you’re doing and why you’re doing it
Mindful Sleep – Reflect and Practice gratitude for all the small moments that happened throughout your day
Mindful Reset – Stop, Pause and Be Aware of your surroundings
We are allowed to be nervous, freak out, cry and have a melt down during these stressful times, but we can’t stay there. Our children are watching and learning how to respond to stress and uncertainty. It’s up to us to teach them resilience and not panic. These memories about what they did and how they felt during the Corona pandemic are going to stay with them forever. We need to do whatever it takes right now to keep our spirits up so we can teach our kids.
We have a bit more time on our hands now so now is the time to make yourself a priority.
Hang in there mama’s. this too shall pass!
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