Motherhood is heavy, it just is. We’re mothers. We’re spouses. We’re also employees. We wear all the hats and while motherhood is all-encompassing, sometimes life gets downright exhausting. Have you ever thought about how to practice mindfulness for anxiety when life causes stress? Mindfulness is often a helpful therapy tool.
That’s why it is so important to consider the effects of mindfulness psychology, to practice mindfulness at work and at home, to always seek and find our joy.
How to Practice Mindfulness in Daily Life
Focus on Small Moments of Joy
Sometimes a mindfulness practice only takes a few moments. Those moments add up over the day and over the week, and before you know it, you have a general good feeling about yourself and life.
Start small. Savor your morning coffee by taking in the scent and warmth of the cup. Savor the flavor of the first sip and let out a mindful, relaxed sigh.
Cherish the sweet hugs your child gives as you say “have a nice day” before dropping them off at preschool.
Turn Stressful Moments into Mindful Moments
Do you know how to practice mindfulness at work? When you’re at work and things start to get stressful or overwhelming, take a moment of mindfulness to recharge yourself. Focus on the pressure of your feet pushing into the floor, and the way your body feels sitting in your chair. Focus on the sensation of the chair around your back.
Spend a few minutes to focus on your breath. Take deep, cleansing breaths before logging into your computer. Look out the window and admire a nearby tree or flower for a few moments.
You can hear more about the science of breath from Miss Mayim:
Count the steps as you walk to the restroom and back. That counting gives your mind a reset from what was stressing you out, giving you a chance to recharge. Counting also works wonders on helping calm a toddler tantrum.
Stop Negative Self-Talk
We all have an inner critic, and sometimes she can be helpful to motivate us to do better. But most of the time? She just distracts us from the good we do and steals our joy. So here’s how you can silence that inner critic and practice mindfulness focusing on the positives in life.
If you catch yourself thinking or saying something negative, challenge yourself to say something positive instead.
How do you have a conversation with your best friend? If you say something unkind about yourself, I bet your friend would respond with kindness and point out your achievements.
Rephrase your language – if you’re saying “I can’t do this” add “yet.” Maybe you are going through something challenging and there is a huge learning curve, but with effort and putting your mind to it, you will get past the hurdle and turn the “I can’t” into “see how I did that?”
Remove absolute words like “always” and “never.” No, your toddler is not “always” melting down. But he is currently having a hard time and needs your help.
A bit of a mindset shift and adopting simple concepts and the practice of mindfulness in your life can make a huge difference in your happiness and mom life.
I have come across this amazing course called Time Mastery for Women – it is a complete system for organizing our time and life, including some amazing advice and steps to take for mindfulness. You should check it out.
How do you practice mindfulness as a busy mom?
This post is part of the 31 Tips for Working Moms series. See the rest of the posts here: