Mommy Manifesto Activity # 5
Mindfulness and Well-being: How am I taking care of myself?
Mindfulness is knowing what we are doing and why we are doing it. It is a call to pause, to reflect, and be present in the moment. The call to be mindful is now stronger than ever. As we juggle different roles and different tasks, there are moments when we wish we could multiply ourselves into two in order to be everything to everybody!
This is why it’s important for you to take care of yourself: body, mind, and spirit. Are they all one most of the time? Or do you find it hard to tune in to what you are doing because your mind is fleeting elsewhere and your spirit is clamoring something else.
As Dr. Honey Carandang, renowned psychologist, said, “We need to pay attention to parenting. To become an effective parent you must be mindful, conscious, and aware. It’s called mindful parenting. You must know what you’re doing, and why you’re doing it.”
Unfortunately, mothers are prone to rush, scramble, and fret over a multitude of matters. In effect, we get exhausted, frustrated, feel uncompensated, resulting in burnout! Yes, there is such a thing as Mommy Maxed Out!
The call for mindfulness is a call for the attainment of a sense of well-being.
Mothers need a healthy dose of self-care. Self-care is caring for your whole being: mind, body, and spirit. It may be regular home exercise or quiet time every morning. For some, it’s sipping a cup of tea while reading a good book. Self-care may also be taking a longer time to bathe and pampering your body. It may be staying an extra 30 minutes in bed in the morning or staying up late when the house is asleep.
Define the mode of self-care which works best for you. You know what interests and activities will impact you. You need not spend an inordinate amount of money on it. You just need to purposefully intend it to be your time, and you must be mindful of the experience and the feeling it brings you.
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