It is easier than you think. All mindfulness starts with the breath which calms you down and slows the racing in your brain (and body). This allows you to be aware(mindful) of what is going on right here and right now. When you are fully aware and paying attention you are more calmer, and more focused on who you are with (your baby) or what you are doing. This allows you to see things as they really are or at least to take a step back and watch what is happening curiously breaking the vicious cycle of re-action we are all so stuck. Now we can be the mom we want to be, do the best we can with our baby in that moment or say the most constructive thing we can when we are interacting with our babies and children.
Let’s talk about breathing for a few moments, it is your quick and easy gateway to being mindful.
You breath 12-15 times per hour every day, day or night, asleep or awake. So naturally, we take our breathing for granted. What if breathing with attention and focus were your first step along the path to being the parent you really want to be? Would you be willing to suspend your disbelief and try it, just 3-5 times a day for a few weeks(it takes between 21-30 days to make a habit). You are doing it anyway, why not take control of it a few times and do it on purpose. At least now you will have control over at least one thing in your life!
Start with breathing slowly through your nose, in to the count of three and out to the count of six three times in a row at least( please do more if you want, it feels really good). Do this 3-5 times per day. Start with when you first wake up and when you get into bed at night and choose three other times in your day