By Rachel Christie
Do you feel tired and stressed? Have you felt like you’ve lost yourself somewhere in between driving the kids to sports practice, running a household, scheduling everybody’s appointments, cooking, cleaning and trying to squeeze in time with your significant other? Do you put everyone else’s needs before your own and feel like you’re running on empty, running out of anything to give (if you haven’t already)?
So often, mothers put others’ needs before their own. This comes from a lovely and beautiful place, and yet it also is the cause of so much motherhood burnout. Self-care can be such a charged topic, filled with guilt if we do, and shame if we don’t. We know that when we fill up our own cups, we have more to give, but we don’t know when or where to do this so-called filling up.
When my eldest was born, I was exhausted and burned out. I was up every two hours feeding my son, felt too tired during the day to go out and socialize, and sunk in to what was called extreme postpartum depression. I knew that I had to do something in order to take better care of myself for my own sake and my son’s sake. I knew that the drastic sleep deprivation I was experiencing was certainly not helping my emotional state, but I had a little baby who ate around the clock.
It was around that time that I heard a saying that 20 minutes of time spent in meditation has the same effect as 8 hours of sleep on our bodies and I decided to try it out. I had meditated before, but hadn’t since the birth of my son. I squeezed a quick 20 minute meditation in after my son’s first morning feeding to set myself up for a successful day. After the first meditation, I felt lighter. After a few months of regular daily meditation, I felt like a new woman. I felt energized, happier and more like myself again.
As I’ve developed a deeper meditation practice over the years, I’ve noticed a big difference on the days that I’ve been rushed and missed my meditation. It’s those days where things don’t seem to flow and we all struggle. On the days that I do meditate, my days flow with a beautiful ease. When I make sure to take this time for myself to refill my own cup, and zen-out, not only do I benefit but my entire family benefits.
Now as a mother of two, I teach my children meditation, and the benefits we have all reaped from our family meditation practice are endless. My children use it as their go-to tool for relaxing when they’re having a tough day, to help them if they’re having trouble relaxing enough to fall asleep at night, and to envision and create specific experiences in their lives.
Families who meditate regularly experience a strengthen immune systems, increased confidence, decreased anxiety, improved focus at school and work, increased memory, a greater sense of satisfaction with life, inner peace, improved relationships with siblings, parents, teachers and friends, and so many other benefits.
I have benefited in so many ways from taking just a little bit of time for myself to meditate that I’ve made it my mission to share it with as many mothers as possible. To share this amazing practice with other families, I’ve created a Family Meditation Guide to get you started with your own family meditation practice. I’ve also created two guided meditation recordings that you can use to meditate right away on your own and with your family. Grab your package today at www.zenmamma.com!
I hope that you enjoy this family meditation package and I look forward to hearing all about the ways that you benefit from meditating as a family!
Rachel Christie is an energy healer and Empowerment Coach for mothers and children. She teaches mothers simple self-development tools to help release stress and overwhelm, become the most zenned-out Mammas they know, and raise empowered, joyful kids!
Rachel also teaches mothers how to create a simple and fun family meditation practice. Grab your free “Family Meditation 101”
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