Distraction is everywhere nowadays. Our life is getting busier and busier.. We have the possibility to access any information, anywhere in the world, to talk to anyone in any given moment. It is even harder when you have to check your WhatsApp parents groups to find out where the next party of your 5yo boy is going to take place! What a mess!
“I have three young boys. I was working, running the household and I was really looking for something to help with the stress,” says Deidre Galbo of West Hartford, who often felt like she was on “auto-pilot.” “I knew that physically, I was being depleted and really worn down.”
“Change begins within … and at home”. The word Mindfulness is used way too often today, sometimes without knowing the real meaning of it. So lets have a close look at it and find out what it means and how we can apply it in our daily, busy life.
Mindfulness — the practice of paying attention in the present without judgment — is thousands of years old, rooted in Buddhist tradition. Learning how to apply mindfulness skills, can bring the joys and alleviate the challenges of parenting, in order for them to stay connected to their children during frenetic days.
When shutting off the phone becomes challenging, taking a deep breath is what might help. Especially if you need to give an answer to someone that makes you go crazy, or your kid is running around the house and you have to manage a very important task, or maybe two or three! Check this 1- minute meditation video that you can practice everywhere and in any situation you might need.
Through your breath you’ll take rid of the toxins in your body, release tensions, brings clarity to your mind, releases emotional pain and the most beautiful thing is that it gives a great massage to your internal organs! Isn’t it cute? Connecting to the breath gives you permission to connect to the present moment. Whatever challenge you might face, it will be easier to solve it if taken with a clear mind and a deep breath.
Are you still not convinced that, this thing called mindfulness, could work for you? Read below, the 5 reasons why you might need to revisit the subject!
5 Benefits of meditation
1. Sleep Better: More Shut-Eye at Night Means Brighter Days
Meditation will make you sleep better and provide your night hours. It is registered, at the minimum, a short-term cognitive improvement even in beginner meditators. Some studies show that in long term practitioners, who spend significant time in meditation, there is also a link with the need to sleep significantly less when compared with people of the same demographic who do not meditate.
2. Stress Less: Make Room for More Happiness
Meditation does take you away to another place, but while the practice alone is good, it is only thought practicing it every day that you’ll get the benefits. When you can take the conscious effort that you show during your sessions into your life it will have a big impact on its quality. And you can meditate even when you are out for a walk ore playing with your kids. Bring your thoughts to your breath and be aware of the moment you live now, without buying into the drama going in your head.
3. Improves Your Immune System
A lot of (most) illness is born in the mind. This is not to say that most illness is not real, but it is just preventable. Stress, lack of sleep and bad emotional regulation all affect your body on not only a psychological level, but also on a physical level. For some this may seem obvious, but a lot of people do not understand the significance of improving your quality of breath. According to Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs you have the very fundamentals of life that need to be fulfilled in order to progress. These start with your physiological needs- food, water, sex, sleep, going to the toilet and of course breathing. Lissa Rankin, in this TedTalk, shares with us the surprising conclusion she came to in her medical experience regarding our health.
4. Relax: Don’t Let the Little Things Get You Down
When practicing meditation, your brain will get easier to a place where it can relax, especially when facing stressful situations. Also, you will learn to center on one thing at a time. It is not true that multitasking is a virtue. Our brain can focus just one activity at the time.
The goal of meditation is to focus; you do this by concentrating on your breathing or counting or whatever you are doing. This translates into a more single minded approach to day to day tasks, which raises productivity and also avoids overwhelm. Also, it beats Anxiety by sending worries packing in a place out of your mind.
5. Meditation Keeps Your Brain Young
Studies show that meditation keeps your brain young and it helps work. While the ‘nonmeditators’ ages matched the ages of their brains, those who meditated appeared to have brains seven and a half years younger than their actual ages. That ageing is not as inevitable as we think it is—especially if you take it easy with daily five minutes of meditation.
“Young children are trying to understand their world, and at the same time are trying to figure out who they are,” said Morris. “We are teaching them to see the world though different lenses. This will help them to embrace differences, recognise that there are multiple perspectives, understand people and things around them and have a caring and compassionate outlook.” This is what the summer bootcamp, designed to help children learn mindfulness, does when it comes to calming our minds. It is not just parents, but also children who can, and need to learn how to meditate.
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One tip to start meditating right now is to take 5 deep breaths. And if you want to take a step further give a chance to this App, Headspace, to make some space in your head. And if you trust more the experience of a mummy, here you have her: Spirit Mommy guides you, step by step, in the process. She started teaching meditation to her child when he was five, because she realized how overwhelming it was for him to be always doing something.
Imagine if meditation would be taught in schools to kids at an early stage. Would you thank your parents if you already knew how to get your body to an optimal level in order to face challenges in life?
We, in #TheNowFamily, encourage every single parent and their families to take a step forward towards their family’s health and give mindfulness a try.