10 MINUTE BREAK FOR BUSY MUMS

10 MINUTE BREAK FOR BUSY MUMS

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.

10 Minute Break For Busy Mums

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 😉 :

10 MINURE BREAKS FOR BUSY MUMS

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.

If you liked this post then you’ll love, 3 workouts for busy mums and 5 reasons to join a baby group.

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!

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  1. September 11, 2015 / 10:32 am

    I may not be a mum, but I think it still applies to anyone with a hectic life! i could definitely use some mindfullness on occasions! Alice xx

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    • September 12, 2015 / 1:16 pm

      Oh definitely. They’re trying to introduce it in schools now too. I think it’s definitely something everyone should do. It’s scary how hard it is to find a spare ten minutes though in anyones life, not just mums. x

  2. September 11, 2015 / 12:47 pm

    Great post. I enjoy practising mindfulness too. I also find it useful to use some of the techniques to help my two year old calm down when he’s getting himself worked up about something. Because it’s so simple, it works for little people too. I hear that more and more they’re introducing it into schools and it helps with kids ability to focus and self-regulate. The quiet revolution!

    • September 13, 2015 / 8:16 pm

      I’ve never thought about using it to help my daughter calm down. You’re right that it’s so simple, I’m going to try it with her. They are introducing it to schools. My mum is a primary teacher and they’re going on a course to learn about introducing it this term. I think it’s brilliant too!!! They use it in other cultures and its been proven to work. I hope its infiltrated in all schools by the time our little ones go. x

  3. September 12, 2015 / 9:37 am

    Really useful. I was diagnosed with post-natal anxiety so this is perfect for me. Thank you for sharing. Have always wanted to try mindfulness but was a bit unsure where to start. #justanotherlinky xx

    • September 13, 2015 / 8:24 pm

      Thank you so much Rachel. I really feel for you because I know just how you feel. It’s so difficult to do the simplest of things when you feel so anxious isn’t it. It’s amazing how crippling it can be. I was anxious to even do the mindfulness at first and anxious to focus on my breathing. With the mindfulness daily, it takes a couple of days of introduction audios till you get the everyday videos. You just have to persist through the first day of ‘this is what mindfulness is and what it does’ until you can start practising the next day, but it really is worth it and you’ll start to look forward to the daily practice. You don’t have to do it three times a day as they suggest either. Headspace is such a great app too! x

  4. September 12, 2015 / 11:04 am

    I could really do with finding the time for this sort of thing…I never seem to even have a spare 5 minutes! #justanotherlinky

    • September 13, 2015 / 8:25 pm

      It’s crazy isn’t it. Time goes so quickly when you have children. It’s frightening how fulfilling and busy days are as well. x

  5. September 13, 2015 / 7:02 am

    It’s so hard to find the time to focus on yourself, but so important as it makes us better mothers and wives! Mindfulness is a bit of a buzzword at the moment and it’s great to take time out and shut out the world and reconnect. #sundaystars/ twitter

    • September 13, 2015 / 8:41 pm

      It is a bit of a buzzword. I’m hoping it’s one that seeps into more peoples lives too. This isn’t even a sponsored post, I have genuinely had such a positive experience from practicing it. It really is such a simple but affective thing. x

  6. September 13, 2015 / 7:37 am

    I’ve been recommended to try mindfulness before to help my anxiety but have never got around to it. Now all the apps and explanations are here in one blog maybe I’ll actually give it a go!

    #SundayStars

    • September 13, 2015 / 8:44 pm

      Honestly it’s so worth it. I have crippling anxiety and sometimes can’t even leave the house or I’m in the supermarket about to pay for something and I have to leave. There are so many things I’ve tried to help with this, from medication to holistic ways. But mindfulness has really helped. It’s mostly the deep breathing that helps with it because it calms down your fight/flight response. It’s really seeped into all areas of my life and I’ve really noticed the difference when I tap into it when I’m anxious. x

  7. September 13, 2015 / 1:19 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this. I too suffered from PND and still struggle with anxiety. I find mindfulness so incredibly helpful for relaxation and general wellbeing. I use Headspace already but will definitely check out the other one too.
    Thanks for sharing.
    #sundaystars

    • September 13, 2015 / 8:58 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only one that has benefited form this. I still struggle with anxiety too, sometimes to the point I can’t leave the house, but the breathing techniques from mindfulness have helped so much. 🙂 Headspace is brilliant. I love how captivating the narrators voice is too. x

  8. September 13, 2015 / 7:21 pm

    Could definitely do with some of this will check the apps out! #sundaystars

    • September 13, 2015 / 9:09 pm

      I hope you get a bit of a break soon. 🙂 x

  9. September 13, 2015 / 8:17 pm

    I hope you enjoy them Catherine. I would definitely recommend starting off with headspace as mindfulness daily takes a couple of practise sessions till you get to the nitty gritty (and can be easy to give up on if you’re really busy). I hope you get some focus and some peace and quiet out of it too. It’s so hard to appreciate the present moment when you’re busy isn’t it. x

  10. September 14, 2015 / 11:26 am

    I’ve never tried this before but something I would love to. Day to day life takes over and I just get on with it without thinking. Thanks for sharing on #justanotherlinky xx

    • September 14, 2015 / 6:10 pm

      It’s definitely worth trying, even one. Although I’d start off with Headspace because it’s easier to use. It’s mad how quickly a day goes and how hard it is to find 10 minutes. x

  11. ppdisland
    September 14, 2015 / 11:35 am

    I relate to the importance of this! I call it living in the present, acutely aware of what my thoughts are, my immediate environment, sights and sounds near me… one of the ways to center myself even during crazy days.

    • September 14, 2015 / 6:11 pm

      Thank you so much. Yes that’s the perfect way of putting it. I couldn’t have put it better myself. It really does centre you. Even if you’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious. x

  12. September 14, 2015 / 6:07 pm

    love this post. I am on any ever quest of mindfulness. I find running in the countryside a really mindful, thought clearing thing to do. You focus on your breathing and your thoughts but are able to deal with them and put them in there place much more easily as well as noticing the trees, flowers and how they change from one day to the next

    • September 16, 2015 / 9:40 am

      This is such a beautiful comment. I’m very jealous of your countryside runs. Fresh air really does make you feel more mindful, especially when it’s peaceful and it’s just you. You can be more aware of what’s around you without the hubub or chatter of others. 🙂 x

  13. September 14, 2015 / 9:31 pm

    Oh I so need to do this it sounds incredible and in the grand scheme of things 10 minutes is nothing is it? I am really going to try this x

    • September 16, 2015 / 9:45 am

      It really is nothing, yet it’s so hard to find. I hope you enjoy it. The headspace is the best one to start off with. Mindfulness daily takes a few practice runs first, which is annoying for busy parents (although I think the point of it is to introduce patience haha) x

  14. September 15, 2015 / 9:26 am

    This sounds like a great idea! Working full time, blogging and doing my journalism course doesn’t leave me much spare time, but 10 minutes like this does sound ideal! Thanks for sharing!

    • September 16, 2015 / 9:47 am

      Wow that is a lot of balancing! You really are a super mummy! 🙂 I hope you manage to find 10 minutes x

  15. September 15, 2015 / 9:46 am

    Not heard of this before, not tried it either. Will look into it! xx

    • September 16, 2015 / 9:47 am

      It’s definitely interesting. It feels a bit strange at first. But if you’re super busy all the time, it’s great for winding down. x

  16. Jodie Allen at Budget Beauty and Babies
    September 15, 2015 / 9:56 am

    We all need to take 10 minutes sometimes. We get so wrapped up in everything we have to do sometimes we need to switch off for just a little break! I definitely use techniques like this to unwind, it keeps me sane.

    • September 16, 2015 / 9:53 am

      It really does keep you sane doesn’t it. Just simple breathing and awareness can really refocus you after a crazy hectic day. x

  17. September 15, 2015 / 11:41 am

    It has been proven again and again that looking after yourself makes you a better parent. Fab idea for a ten minute breather, thanks for sharing – I have dug out some of my old photos and made a little montage of views to get me started! #TwinklyTuesday

    • September 16, 2015 / 9:54 am

      It really does make you a better parent. Thank you so much for your beautiful comment. That’s such a lovely thing to do, I hope the montage inspires and relaxes you 🙂 xx

  18. September 15, 2015 / 1:31 pm

    I used to go to a meditation group but have lapsed recently! This has encouraged to try the apps and fit mindfulness into my everyday life. Thanks!

    • September 16, 2015 / 9:56 am

      Thank you Kaleigh! I’d love to join a meditation group. That sounds brilliant. But yes, this is such a convenient and nice way to practise at home x

  19. September 16, 2015 / 8:08 am

    Great tips. I think its so important and actually makes you a better Mum! Taking the time to relax leaves you feeling refreshed and strong and take on the day with a better mindset. #mmwbh

    • September 16, 2015 / 10:07 am

      Thank you so much Oh it really does make you a better mum. Everything you’ve said here is spot on. 🙂 I feel so refreshed after a quick practice. x

  20. Mum in Brum
    September 16, 2015 / 9:13 am

    OOh I really should check out these apps. I am definitely one of those mums always thinking about the next thing I need to do. I am a list writer so I find it hard to fully zone out from trying to be ‘productive’ all the time. I do have to take the dog for two walks every day though which I guess does help me take a bit of ‘time out’ and appreciate the beauty of the outdoors. xx

    • September 16, 2015 / 10:10 am

      I’m a list writer too. Do you feel guilty if you’re not busy all the time? I think I have lists for my lists haha. I bet dog walking is actually quite a nice way to relax, it’s something you need to do so you don’t feel guilty, but at the same time you can have a bit of peace and quiet. x

  21. September 16, 2015 / 8:22 am

    I feel right at this point that I seriously need some mindfulness! I’m going to check out that app later! #MMWBH

    • September 16, 2015 / 10:07 am

      I hope you manage to try it Talya! Definitely start off with headspace app, it’s easier to navigate at first, but they’re both brilliant. 🙂 x

  22. September 16, 2015 / 10:20 am

    Lovely post! My me time comes mainly from walking the dog each day – she is far less demanding than the kids, but I will definitely check out the apps #MMWBH

    • September 17, 2015 / 9:46 pm

      haha I think walking the dog is a brilliant chance to get me time! A bit of fresh air and some peace and quiet is perfect! 🙂 x

  23. September 16, 2015 / 8:01 pm

    Thanks for the tips! I needed this today, I will be downloading these. I’ve been struggling a bit recently, feeling like I can’t keep my 10,000 plates spinning! #MMWBH

    • September 18, 2015 / 7:38 pm

      It’s so hard to keep on top of everything isn’t it. Headspace is the best one to start off with for sure. Especially if you feel like you’re always trying to catch up because the app is so quick and easy to navigate x

  24. becca farrelly
    September 16, 2015 / 8:51 pm

    Great post! I struggle to find time for myself and like many other mums I don’t even sit and watch tv anymore. Iam constantly working and doing household work, always thinking I haven’t done enough! I will definitely make it my aim this week to sit and ‘me’ time for at least 10mins a day. Thank you 🙂 #MMWBH

    • September 18, 2015 / 7:42 pm

      You really should. I hope you manage too. I can completely relate to everything you’ve just put too. I don’t even remember the last time I sat and watched a programme. Craziness! Fingers crossed to time out soon! 🙂 x

  25. September 21, 2015 / 8:15 pm

    Taking ten minutes out for yourself whoever you are with whatever job is essential! You feel so much better too after such a short breather! Great post and thanks for linking up with #MMWBH

    • September 21, 2015 / 8:37 pm

      I completely agree. Thank you so much for your comment. x

  26. Natasha Mairs
    November 3, 2015 / 9:02 am

    my youngest started school in September, so now I have all the daytime to myself. The trouble is, I work from home, but since all the kids have been at school I have found myself working less, because I am often just sat there enjoying the peace before they all come back home #TwinklyTuesday 

    • November 3, 2015 / 8:19 pm

      Haha ohhh no!! I guess it’s nice to have some peaceful time though. You’ve had years without it so you do deserve a little you time, even if your working less. x

  27. November 3, 2015 / 3:27 pm

    I did try the mindfulness app but got totally stressed because it kept pinging through the day to tell me to do it and I never had time so it made me more stressed. I know I’m crazy!!! I even wrote a post about it. I do think 10 mins at the end of the day is manageable though and may try it again. Perhaps the headspace one would be better for me. Thanks for the recommendation #TwinklyTuesday

    • November 3, 2015 / 8:14 pm

      Headspace is better I find nowadays! And you’re so right, the pinging does get annoying. Headspace doesn’t ping! I’m off to find your post. xx

  28. November 5, 2015 / 7:55 pm

    I was talking to my sister about mindfulness the other day – it’s something that she was thinking about looking into. I’ll have to send her this! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    • November 6, 2015 / 6:41 pm

      I’d definitely recommend it. I honestly use it in everyday situations now, if I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed or anxious. It’s so, so helpful to just be able to tap into everything I’ve learnt. x

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