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Mindfulness in Chaos: 5 Quick Techniques for Busy Parents

Apr 10, 2024

Let’s face it – parenting isn’t a walk in the park. It’s more like a sprint through a maze while juggling flame torches. So, how on earth can one find the time for mindfulness amidst all this beautiful chaos? Well, I’ve got good news! Mindfulness doesn’t need to be a lengthy session of meditation or a retreat in the mountains. Today, we’re looking at 5 quick techniques that can help you find pockets of peace in your busy life.

  1.  Breathwork in the Car 🚗

Stuck in traffic? Use those red lights to your advantage. Take a deep breath in through your nose, hold it for a few seconds and then release it through your mouth. Repeat this as many times as you can until the light turns green.

  1.  Grocery Store Gratitude 🛒

Yes, even the cereal aisle can be a mindful space. As you pick up each item, take a moment to feel grateful for the nourishment it provides yours family.

  1.  The Two Minute Timeout 🕰

When things get overwhelming, five yourself permission to take a two-minute timeout. Step away from the noise, close your eyes and simply breathe. This little reset can do wonders for your stress levels.

  1.  Family Mindfulness Jar 🫙

Create a mindfulness jar with your kids! Fill it with small pieces of paper, each with a simple mindful activity written on it. Whenever your or your kids need a mindful moment, pull out a paper and do the activity together.

  1.  The Screen-Time Swap 📱

Instead of scrolling through social media while you wait, try a mindful swap. Spend those few minutes focusing on your breath, or simply observing your surroundings without judgement.

Your Reflection Corner

Can you think of other mundane tasks where you can practice gratitude?

What’s a daily habit you can swap out for a mindful practice?

Embrace the Chaos

Remember, mindfulness isn’t about eliminating stress or chaos from your life; it’s about finding ways to be present within it. So, the next time you find yourself overwhelmed with a never ending to do list and tantrums (yours or your child’s) know that mindfulness is just a breath away.

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Go ahead, try these quick techniques and let me know how they work for you. You’ve got this 💪

-April

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