As mothers, we spend a lot of our time caring for those around us, so much so, that we sometimes forget to make time for ourselves.
Whilst most of us recognise the importance of taking good care of yourself and feeling ‘well’, not many know of the best ways to achieve this. To help, Vitabiotics have developed The Wellness Score tool! This handy little quiz gives you an individual ‘wellness score’ based on your lifestyle habits, and offers ways to improve it!
Taking the time to relax and clear your mind is just one of the many ways of improving and maintaining ‘wellness’ and practising mindfulness is a great way to do just that.
If you’re a mother looking to learn more about mindfulness, read on to find out all about it and how it could benefit you!
What is mindfulness?
In summary, mindfulness is taking the time to pay attention to your thoughts, feelings and the world around you.
These days there are increasingly more distractions that stop us from noticing the world around us. Mindfulness involves reconnecting with the world, our mind and our bodies, so we can stop living in our heads and start living in the moment!
Mindfulness can come in handy, especially for mums, who often have a million and one things to think about every day. These techniques can help you to temporarily switch off these thoughts and become more focused.
The beauty of mindfulness is that it can be practised anywhere and you don’t need any special equipment. All it takes is a little time and concentration; making it perfect for mothers on-the-go.
There’s a variety of different techniques that will suit all lifestyles. Here are some simple practices to get you started:
Breathing is something we all do day in, day out without a second’s thought. Becoming more ‘mindful’ towards your breathing is a great way to kick-start your mindfulness exercises and it takes no time at all!
Mindful.org have a great 5-minute breathing meditation guide that walks you through mindful breathing step-by-step.
The Body Scan
If you have a little more time to spare, this 30-minute beginner body scan meditation exercise could be for you.
This exercise can be completed whilst sitting or standing and involves focusing on one area of the body at a time, allowing you to tune into your body’s feelings and sensations.
Whilst it may take a little while to get used to, practising the body scan exercise on a regular basis can train your mind to become more attentive and help you get in touch with your body.
How many times have you been working away on your computer or phone, without realising that someone was talking to you or trying to get your attention?
Listening mindfully aims to help you listen empathetically to others and actually hear and respond to what they’re saying in a meaningful way.
If this sounds like something that you may benefit from, read this handy mindful listening guide to learn more about it!
Benefits of mindfulness
Whilst mindfulness has only become a ‘hot topic’ in the last few years, the benefits of practising these techniques have been shown by many scientific studies.
According to the Huffington Post, some of these benefits include:
- Lowering stress
- Improving health
- Helping you to sleep better
- Helping you to get in touch with your ‘true’ self
However, it’s important to understand that these techniques may not work for everyone and it may take a while to experience the benefits. Despite that, mindfulness is a great place to start on the road to improving your ‘wellness’ and a little work can go a long way!