I received a copy of this book in exchange for my blog review, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.
For 2017 I’m going full force at making lifestyle changes focusing on whole body wellness. If you checked out My 2017 Reading List post you know that I’m currently sinking my teeth in to the Whole30 books for better eating habits and I’ve also read the book “Breathe Mama Breathe” to fulfill my emotional and mental health wellness through mindfulness and meditation.
I’m so excited to be teaming up with psychotherapist, author, and friend-of-a-friend, Shonda Moralis on the blog tour of her new book “Breathe Mama Breathe“. 2016 was a very difficult year for me in many aspects. I suffered from postpartum anxiety which I couldn’t discuss on the blog while going through the worst of the times but I do wish to share some of my experiences in hopes of helping other mamas struggling with crippling anxiety. This year I am feeling really motivated to work on my self-care and I’m starting with the wonderful guidance offered in Shonda Moralis’ book.
Mindfulness and meditation is not new to me as my undergraduate degree is in Psychology. I’m familiar with the techniques and found them to be beneficial during stressful times like when I was in graduate school. But even though I had studied psychology, practiced yoga, used my stress relieving essential oils, read other books, and listened to guided audio, all of that went out the window when I became a mom and gave up any time to myself. This is why Shonda’s book is so important and appealing to me! She teaches “5 Minute Mindfulness for Busy Moms” which is right up my alley.
Getting back in the practice of meditation is proving harder than I thought it would be. I am not finding it as easy to turn off my brain, even for just 5 minutes. But I have found that I feel less tense and a little bit more empowered when I’m finished. For me, the best time to take my 5 minute meditation break is during nap time. This has worked really well for me because I’m usually a little (or a lot!) stressed out after trying to get 2 toddlers up, fed, dressed, occupied, and fed again. Thankfully(!!) my kids are both napping at the same time and I can use nap time to really unwind and get some much needed mental clarity.
Even better than that 5 minutes is how Shonda teaches you how to “make everyday moments a chance to find calm and feel more connected”. There are some days when I really feel like I might go nuts, and the winter weather keeping us indoors is not helping right now! If my husband isn’t home then I can’t go take a time out for myself even if I really need it. But I’ve found that “Breathe Mama Breathe” offers me multiple ways to diffuse a situation where I otherwise may have “lost it”.
7 Day Mindfulness Challenge For Busy Mamas
I’m challenging you to decrease your stress and live more in the moment by incorporating one of the Mindfulness Breaks in “Breathe Mama Breathe” for just 7 days. I think you will have found that this short and simple exercise has impacted your day in a very positive way and that you’ll want to continue practicing (and even want to learn more simple ways to do this from the book as there are 65 strategies!).
- Waking With Gratitude – Whether your alarm clock is a beep or a crying child be sure to take a few moments (after attending to any immediate needs) to think about what you are grateful for. When my regular schedule doesn’t go according to plan it can easily throw off the whole day if I let things spiral out of control. By taking a few minutes to focus on the things I am grateful for: my husband, my children, our home, etc. it can help ground me and turn my mood around. It sounds so simple, and it is, but this little mindful break has had a very positive impact on my day and I think it will for you too!
Really, it is as simple as Waking With Gratitude to get your day off to a great start. And Shonda offers mindfulness breaks for other times we encounter every day like Coffee, Showering, Lunch, Driving, and After-School Snacks, just to name a few. The book is useful for all stages of motherhood offering guidance in difficult times for infancy through teens. I see myself referencing this book for years to come and think it would make the perfect gift for any mom.
Get your copy of “Breathe Mama Breathe” on Amazon or wherever books are sold.
Visit Shonda Moralis’ website for more info about the author and Free Guided Meditations.