I used to meditate regularly, when I was childless and less stressed.The irony that I need to meditate more now that I have a full schedule and a couple of kids underfoot and no longer have the time, does not escape me.
Maggie and I can both attest that being moms that work from home is one of the most stressful jobs for us. As moms we also know and understand that it can take a toll on us mentally and physically.
A few months ago, panic attacks and anxiety had me struggling to find an outlet for my stress. Working out helped my anxiety, but meditation is what has really helped me cope with my daily stress and extreme anxiety.
I aim to do longer meditations daily, but it’s not always feasible. When I first started my restorative journey, I began the meditation process with shorter and more attainable goals.
These three steps below, which were highlighted in Maggie’s previous post, are what I use to calm my anxiety:
- Open yourself to the present moment
- Focus on your breath
- Be aware of your own body
These three actions, while seeming simple, can really help turn around that overwhelming feeling of stress and anxiety that can hinder daily life. My sleep has improved so much in the short time I've been doing this exercise, which was impacting a lot of things in my life.
It doesn't take long, it's just a few minutes, but those few minutes can change your whole day.