It may be easy to think that morning meditation is only done by spiritual people. But parents can actually benefit from meditating. With so many things going on in our lives as parents, we end up feeling stressed and worn-out. How many times have we found ourselves at the point of breaking down? Being a parent is very challenging, that’s why it’s important to find a way to take care of our mental and emotional well-being.
Meditation and other mindfulness activities can help to clear your mind and focus on the present. If you’re always worried and anxious, you can try meditating for a few minutes each day. You’ll start to notice that you are able to think more clearly and that you have this sense of calm within you. It’s because meditation can teach you to be mindful of what you’re feeling and thinking of. There are many benefits to mediation, especially for parents.
But first, what is meditation, and how do you do it?
Meditation focuses on both your mind and your body. You practice paying attention to just one point of reference, such as your breathing. You then try your best to push away other external stimuli and distracting thoughts that are causing your anxiety and worries.
As parents, you can most certainly relate to “distracting thoughts.” You spend a lot of time thinking and worrying, especially about the kids. And that’s normal, and all parents have that almost obsessive way of thinking and planning.
But once you start practicing meditation, you can spend time just for yourself and be in the present moment. It doesn’t have to be a long session. You can start with a five-minute meditation each day.
Spiritual meditation and other variants are not just some new-age practice or a passing fad. It’s a practice that has been around for a long time. The reason why it’s still being practiced today is that meditation can truly provide benefits, not just to parents, but for any person of any status.
But as a parent, have you experienced running out of patience for your child and ended up raising your voice at him or her? And then the next day, do you dwell on the thought that you wish you hadn’t done that? We all lose our patience sometimes, but here’s where meditation comes in. When you meditate, you get to practice control over your mind and emotions.
During meditation, you learn how to push off intrusive thoughts and feelings and go back to your focus. But you do not deny yourself of those thoughts and feelings. You recognize that yes, they’re there, but this moment is not for them. Once you practice it, you’ll be able to have more control over your emotions even when you’re not meditating. It means that when you react or respond, you can hold yourself back and stay calm instead of having an explosive reaction.
Parents who meditate will be able to practice being calm instead of being tense all the time because of so many worries. And the children may not always behave their best and really challenge your patience.
When you can have even just a bit of control over your emotions, you’ll be less likely to do something you’ll regret, such as raising your voice at your child. There are many benefits to meditating. Here are the best three benefits for parents.
As parents, you may be worried that you’re not doing enough. Even if you know you’re doing your best, there’s that self-doubt inside you. Through meditation, you can practice acceptance of who you are as a person and as a parent.
True, you’re not perfect, but no one is. You make mistakes, but you learn, and you become a better parent. Don’t beat yourself over something that won’t really do you any good. So, if you have regrets in the way you treated your child, forgive yourself and let go. There’s always a chance to be better.
Meditation teaches us to live in the present moment. Yes, there are so many things that we worry about and think about as parents. But there’s a time for planning tomorrow’s lunches and knowing when you should spend quality time with the kids.
Your children are growing, and you wouldn’t want to miss those important moments in their childhood years. Meditation is not just sitting quietly and counting your breath. It’s also about being mindful of what you choose to spend your time on. And as a parent, make each moment with your child count. Be there. Be in the moment.
Imagine if you can release your worries and the things that are making you so anxious. Wouldn’t that be a relief? It is possible through meditation and trying out meditation positions. Practicing mindfulness allows you to let go of negative feelings and thoughts.
It’s not denying yourself of those worries or suppressing them. Rather, it is acknowledging them and then letting them go. It’s not to say you will no longer worry if the kids have clothes for school or if the lunch boxes have been filled. But you will enjoy a sense of calm knowing that you are in control and not your emotions or thoughts.
Meditation for parents is something you should try. It doesn’t have to be an hour-long session right away. Instead, try to set aside five minutes of quiet time in the morning. If you can, try to wake up before everyone else so you can have your five or ten-minute session of meditation.
Don’t think that doing meditation is you taking away time from your responsibilities as a parent. When you can take care of yourself, and you’re happy and well, then the better it is that you can take care of your kids. Soon, you may even introduce your kids to this practice and see how it can benefit them as well.
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