Mindfulness is the practice through which an individual can think more clearly and be more attentive in the present moment. The process of mindfulness involves paying attention to thoughts and surroundings without getting caught by distractions. Mindfulness is proven helpful in reducing the effects of common mental health disorders like stress, anxiety, and hypertension.
Making time for mindfulness
Practicing mindfulness can be challenging for women as there are many barriers for them to follow the routine in their hectic day-to-day life. Some ways that a mother can make time to practice mindfulness are:
- Find little moments throughout the day to practice mindfulness, even if it's just for a short while.
- Find small pockets of time throughout the day to engage in mindfulness practices, even if it's just for a few minutes.
- Prioritize mindfulness by incorporating it into your morning or evening routine.
- Use transitional moments, such as waiting in line or between tasks, as opportunities for mindfulness.
- Infuse mindfulness into everyday activities, such as cooking or laundry, by focusing on the present moment and using all your senses.
- Remember that caring for yourself is essential to being a good mother, so make time for mindfulness practices that help you feel centered and calm.
Incorporating mindfulness into your daily life can be a simple and effective strategy to improve your overall well-being.
Taking small moments throughout the day to practice mindfulness can reduce stress and cultivate a greater sense of self-awareness. Whether taking deep breaths, savoring a meal, or appreciating your surroundings, mindfulness can bring a sense of calm to your busy day. Prioritizing mindfulness in your daily routine can lead to a more balanced and contented life.
Mindfulness exercises to practice
- One-Minute Breath: Set a one-minute timer and concentrate on your breath. Inhale deeply through your nose for four counts, hold for four counts, and exhale slowly through your mouth for four counts. Repeat this for one minute and be fully present with each breath.
- Five Senses Check-In: Pause and be aware of your senses. Take note of the five things you can see, four things you can feel, three things you can hear, two things you can smell, and one thing you can taste. This exercise helps you stay present and heighten your sensory awareness.
- Gratitude Walk: Take a short walk outdoors and focus on gratitude. As you walk, mentally acknowledge things you are thankful for, such as the beauty of nature, the sun's warmth, or the sound of birdsong. Allow yourself to appreciate the present moment and the positive aspects of your surroundings.
Mindfulness is a powerful tool for mothers to cope with the daily stress of motherhood. By prioritizing mindfulness as a form of self-care, women can find relief from stress, enhance relaxation, and develop a stronger connection with themselves. This can improve mental, emotional, and physical well-being, resulting in a more satisfying and harmonious life.
Solh Wellness is running a campaign called #MomMeTime for mothers who feel stressed and overwhelmed by the demands of motherhood. The campaign offers resources and support to help mothers prioritize their mental health and well-being. In addition, Solh Wellness is hosting a mental wellness event called "Solh Fiesta" throughout the month of Mother's Day. The event will feature mental health sessions specifically designed for mothers. To learn more about the campaign and participate in the support group, download the Solh app. Join #MomMeTime and take steps towards better mental health and well-being.