Being a Mum is hard!
No matter what you read or who you listen to, one thing is certain – nothing can properly prepare you for Motherhood. The difficulty is, in doing it all, are we also putting our own health and wellbeing at risk?
So, how can you find some “me time”?
Fill your own cup – This is a variation on a quote that is often seen regarding motherhood. It is the KEY to ensuring that you are able to still give to others. You need to ensure that your ‘cup’ is not always empty....
This time of year can get crazy. School plays, concerts, presents to buy and homes to decorate. Finding mindful moments can be tricky. I always love the lead up to Christmas, no matter what else is going on I have tried over the years to make sure that we enjoy the season.
We love our crafts so it is the perfect time to get those creative juices flowing and combine the love of Mindfulness with that Christmas Spirit. I have listed just a few of the activities the girls and I have enjoyed...
I LOVE making things! It has always been one of the things that I have enjoyed with my kids too. Picking things to make that they can really get involved with, and where possible trying to ensure that we are using natural ingredients. We think about who could use and enjoy the end product, it's part of the fun.
I have picked a couple of my favourite Natural Remedies that I make with my girls. They are now 12 but still love to make things for friends and family.
Oatmeal Bath Soak
How to Make...
As part of my Mindful Parenting, I try to look at environmental aspects of living too. Sharing ideas with my girls has been great, they love getting involved in making things and it has also made them more aware of factors around eco-living such as reducing waste and plastics.
I could do lots of blogs about this - it is something I feel strongly about. Our role as parents is to educate our kids, surely the impact we have on our environment is one of those areas that we can easily bring...
Mindfulness - no doubt about it, is now the new buzz word! According to some papers, blogs and video's it really is the ultimate 'cure-all' - providing you with some sort of superpower that will ensure you float around all day and love every moment of your life!
Debunking the Myths
For me, it is simply a set of tools. Ones I try to use every day, (not always successfully - as my kids will vouch)! I am not a meditation or mindfulness guru, I am a working-parent who tries to adopt a...
Essential Oils are often overlooked as a tool in our everyday dealings with health and wellbeing. Viewed as just 'smelling nice', the power of our sense of smell is not valued as a method for affecting our health. I love using oils, not only for myself but for all of my family.
Why Essential Oils
Our sense of smell is a powerful tool that can easily be utilised to change many factors in our lives. We can distinguish over one trillion olfactory stimuli! It provides a direct connection...
How to help with anxiety
If your child is getting overly anxious, or feeling overwhelmed it is heartbreaking as a parent. Little things, that often to a parent seem of no consequence, can cause our children to feel upset, sad, angry or scared. We can feel helpless, unable to make them 'feel better'.
The Good News
There is lots of help out there! There is far more awareness of mental health issues with children, which is a fabulous thing. However, what can we do as parents to help on a daily...
Creating your own Affirmation Stones
Are you looking to combine those amazing creative talents alongside positivity with your children? If so then affirmation stones are pretty much the perfect Mindful Activity!
So, why use affirmations on stones? Well, for more details on the power of affirmations, check out my blog all about why they are so useful as part of what I like to call the Mindful Parent Toolbox. Choosing words that affirm a sense of self and positivity has...
Being a new mum
No matter what book you read, or who you talk to, nothing can quite prepare you! Overnight your life completely changes. Many women believe when they are pregnant that their life will be exactly the same as before, just with a baby. Oh my, what a rude awakening that can be!
Not only are you suddenly meant to become some sort of ‘baby whisperer’ but cope with your body post-natally too! The trauma of birth becomes a taboo subject and you should now be...
Mindfulness - Everyone's Doing It!!!
From the local school to major corporations such as Google everyone now seems to be joining the Mindfulness wagon. Can it really ‘fix’ all the issues it claims to address?
Well, firstly let’s look at what we mean by ‘Mindfulness’. In simple terms, it is about awareness. Of being able to pay attention to the present moment, without judgement. Crossing divides of age, ability, gender and religion it really is accessible to all.
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