Are you craving a moment to just breathe but don’t how to de-stress? Do you feel like there’s no time for relaxing because your days are already packed full of changing diapers, doing laundry, cooking, or working?
Have you ever experienced a time in your life when a burden feels to heavy to carry, like bricks are tied to you under the weight of your worries? When you’re so tired that you can’t sleep? (Ironic, I know!) When your heart has been broken wide open and there’s nothing you can do but accept what is and wait until the storm passes?
That’s been my life the last few weeks. I’ve been walking around like a sleep deprived zombie with a hole in my gut. But I still have to go to work, I still have to be a mother for my daughter, clean the house and pay the bills, but that’s about all I can do. The bricks feel too heavy for much else.
I’ve been digging through my mama toolbox, trying to find some sort of space to find a moment of peace. Finally, today it just came to me before I even knew what I was doing. You all know my love and connection to water.
I stood in the shower, letting the warm drops of water fall across my back. I tried to cry but the tears wouldn’t come. As I thought about the heaviness of the situation I’m going through right now, I remembered my grandfather, on his knees every night by the side of the bed, saying his prayers.
And instead of fighting the heavy bricks, I just let them pull me down, down on my knees in the shower. Instinctively, I folded into the child pose, took three deep breaths and let the water drops caress me like a comforting hug.
And it felt so good, to just give in to the weight I’d been carrying these past few weeks, to stop fighting it and just embrace it and relax into it.
So, if you’re feeling like an overwhelmed, sad, hopeless, or lonely mom then I recommend you try this gentle shower yoga practice. You will be amazed at how refreshed, comforted, and peaceful you feel afterwards. I promise. Plus, it’s something that doesn’t require any extra time in your day to do; that’s the best part.
Sometimes fighting our burdens takes more energy than embracing them.
These instructions for the Child’s Pose are from my Peaceful Pauses Deck. Click on the instructions link for a free card!
What calming techniques do you use when you are overwhelmed? Please share in the comments to help other mamas!
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