Do you feel depleted? Practicing self care will naturally help you learn how to be more patient and peaceful. Do you love motherhood but can’t remember the last time you did something for yourself? Are you struggling with the demands of parenting? Do you long for alone time? Then my friend, you are in desperate need of some self care.
Before becoming a mother, I practiced (and taught) yoga and meditated. I would curl up and read a book, take naps, and relished in frequent bubble baths. I took time to take care of myself. But after my daughter was born, I spent many years just getting by and I often felt angry and bitter, overwhelmed by the demands of parenthood. I had little patience for anything, especially my poor husband.
Motherhood is my life’s calling. It fills me with pure joy. But, it is also demanding. It is exhausting. and it can be stressful. Stress is our silent enemy. It releases hormones that can weaken our immune system, cause high blood pressure, trigger headaches, and can make depression, anxiety, and panic attacks worse. It makes us a tired mama, a mom that is quick to yell. No becomes our mantra. Our nerves are thin and stretched beyond our limits. We long for a moment to ourselves, a minute to just breathe.
This toolkit is designed for the busy mom. It is a combination of my favorite calming self care exercises, the ones that pack the most punch in the least amount of time.
You will learn to make time for yourself, no matter what season of motherhood you’re in.
The tools in this practice, such as journaling, gentle yoga stretches, and breathing exercises, awaken the body’s relaxation response, which is the exact opposite of the stress response. Practicing these exercises will help you learn how to be more patient while also practicing self care.
Gentle yoga stretches slow down your racing mind and create a sense of relaxation.
Breathing exercises are calming and detoxify the body. The results are literally almost instant. They are one of the most powerful skills you can learn. By simply altering the breath, you can release endorphins, the body’s natural opiates. Nature’s Xanax.
This practice will guide you in finding a sense of peace, patience, and clarity. It will feel like a soft pillow, a place you look forward to sinking into everyday.
I know how hard it is to make time for yourself. You spend all day taking care of everybody else. There’s no energy left. But your cup needs filled too.
Give yourself the gift of ten minutes. Ten minutes before your family gets up or ten minutes after they go to bed. Ten minutes when your toddler is in the bathtub. Studies have shown that just ten minutes a day of relaxation helps the body become less reactive to stress hormones and can improve high blood pressure, digestive disorders, headaches, anxiety & depression, even insomnia.
I would also suggest setting up a private area or a little corner in which to practice your daily ritual. A space of your own. A place to return to each day. Maybe add some incense or perhaps a candle. A cup of herbal tea even. A touchstone to start or end your day with. And, don’t forget the Meditating Mama door hanger included in your kit!
Starting this practice today will lead you on a journey towards cultivating more inner joy and peace.
As a special bonus, I’ve also included instructions on how to make a “meditation mist” using essential oils and a printable label for your bottle.
And, last but not least, there are Mama Mantras. Mama Mantras are loving messages and inspiring affirmations that can be printed as stickers on Avery labels and placed where ever you need a reminder of their message or they can be printed on card stock and cut as individual cards. You can pick a different one each morning to carry with you, a reminder of your intention for the day.
A more joyful, patient mama means a more peaceful family!
Treat yourself to a little self care and sign up today!
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