Meditation seems to be one of those things that we all know is good for us, but for some reason we never find the time to do it, or we feel like we’re not doing right and give up. It’s just one more thing to add on the never ending to-do list. But meditation is growing in popularity for a reason - it has so many incredible benefits, not only for your mind, but for your overall well being! Today I’m going to talk specifically about some of the benefits that meditation has in your motherhood journey.
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(Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice. This blog is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or condition. This blog post is based on my own research and experience - please consult a medical professional before starting or making any changes to your exercise program).
It’s no secret that most mothers are stressed. There is so much to be done, every second of every day that’s it’s easy to feel like a chicken with your head cut off. Meditation gives you a moment of peace to sit in quiet, with yourself, and notice the thoughts that are running around unsupervised in your head (much like a curious child). Bringing conscious awareness to these thoughts and not attaching to them can help relieve stress.
Higher Quality Sleep
Practicing meditation can help you quiet the mind and not go down the rabbit hole of racing thoughts. This helps a lot of if you’re someone who suffers from insomnia! If you’re someone who starts to have racing thoughts the second your head hits the pillow, it can not only take you a while to fall asleep, but can also create a more disruptful sleep. If you’re skilled in meditation, this can help detach yourself from the racing thoughts and help you doze off easier and get better quality sleep!
If you’re able to pause and breathe, and objectively view your thoughts, it makes sense that that will increase your patience. The whole point of meditation is to practice it so that you can utilize the technique in high stress situations! If you’re a regular meditator, and say in the middle of your kid's tantrum you’re feeling your heart rate increase and you’re losing your patience - you can start to meditate, right there in the moment. This not only will help regulate your own emotions, but it will also help your child coregulate with you! It’s a win win!
Lowers blood pressure
Meditation often involves deep breathing, which in turn can help lower blood pressure. Meditation also relaxes the nervous system, which coordinates heart function and blood vessel tension. Regularly practicing meditation can have lasting long term physical benefits!
Okay so now you’re wondering, “this all sounds great but….how do I meditate?”
Don’t overthink it! Set a timer on your phone for 5 minutes and focus on your breathing. Inhale through the nose, exhale through the mouth. You can also count as you breathe. 4 seconds in, 4 seconds hold, 4 seconds out. If you’re like me and need a little more guidance, I love the Calm App and the Expectful App! There are also great free options on youtube! All you need is a few minutes each day to reap the rewards.
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Disclaimer: This blog does not serve as medical advice. Please consult your medical provider before starting a new fitness routine. This blog is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition.