Being a mum can be really overwhelming sometimes can’t it?
There are days where you’re feeling constantly bogged under with a long list of things to do. Piles of endless washing (how does a child produce so much washing!), food shopping, bill paying, picking up toys, finding time to shower, attending groups, running errands.
On top of that most of us are trying to balance working, finding me time, friend time, family time and spending whatever time we might have left with our other halves!
Throw on top of that feeling exhausted because you’ve been up all night and it’s a surprise that we’re not all crumbling into little heaps on the floor. But we’re mums, which means we’re basically superheroes. But sometimes even heroes need a little break.
When I’m exhausted and overwhelmed I become snappy and irritable. Although that’s probably a bit of understatement, I’m more like the Incredible Hulk – a green raging monster!
Back in the early days of having my daughter I was diagnosed with PND. My fabulous doctor recommended I try something called mindfulness to help with those moments when I was feeling a little overwhelmed.
She said I needed to shut myself away and take 5 or 10 minutes out of the day just for me. In doing this I could get back to a place in my head, where I was then ‘ready’ to face the day again.
I don’t know about you but I struggle to find time to go to the toilet alone, let alone find ten minutes in my day to sit down alone somewhere quiet.
I’d never heard of mindfulness before. Have you? I think my blank face said it all and she swiftly suggested an app called ‘Mindfulness Daily’ and told me try it.
I started off by trying these before I went to bed. It was the only ten minutes in the day that I could justify letting go of. I felt so silly at first focusing on my breathing. But the benefits I began to reap from practising daily was pretty amazing. Slowly I’ve allowed the apps to creep into my busy life more and more. Even when I came out of the other side of PND I couldn’t quite let go of the mindfulness.
I can honestly say it’s the perfect 10 minute break for busy mums!!!!
If you’re still a bit unsure of what mindfulness is, it’s a mental state of awareness. It’s bringing yourself into the moment and really being aware of what’s going on. I find myself more aware when I’m looking at a pretty view. It stops me in my tracks. Cue another picture of the sea to make you feel more zen too 😉 :
Are you mindful? Do you ever get absorbed in play with your child or is your mind constantly flitting to what you need to do next? Are you really aware of the sounds and the colours of your surroundings as you walk or drive to the shop, or do you go that way so frequently that you don’t really absorb what’s around you?
I bet if you stopped to look you would see some things you’ve never seen before.
I would recommend this 10 minute break for busy mums a thousand times over. You’ll feel amazingly refreshed and as silly as it might sound, present in the moment. There are two apps I use: Mindfulness Daily and Headspace. But there are lots more out there. All the sessions on Headspace are ten minutes long. Mindfulness Daily sometimes go on for 15 minutes which doesn’t sound like a lot but when you’re swamped for time it can seem like all the time in the world!
Headspace is fabulous and they even have a version for pregnant people! I’d recommend trying any of the apps at night for the first time, they definitely make me feel very chilled.
Have you tried mindfulness before? Would you try mindfulness? What are you thoughts on potentially getting a ten minute break from the craziness of parenting?
*This is by no means a sponsored post, these apps have just been so useful I had to share them!