Laundry. Dishes. Checking homework. Packing lunches.
It’s definitely hard to find a few minutes of peace and quiet as a mom.
You probably don’t have the time to relax at the spa–you can barely use the bathroom without an interruption–but a few minutes spent meditating every day can have the same calming effects.
I’ve got to pick up the dry cleaning. Do the kids have snacks for the field trip? I need to stop at Target…again.
Meditation helps you quiet your thoughts. “Meditation is one of the quickest tools for finding inner peace and quiet,” says Victor Davich, the author of 8-Minute Meditation: Quiet Your Mind, Change Your Life. “It’s an Eastern tool for Western results.”
Those Western results? Less stress, better brain function, and better looking skin.Inner peace, better skin. #MindfulMonday Click To Tweet
“…meditation has been found to reduce subjective perceptions of feeling stressed,” integrative dermatologist Cybele Fishman told Well and Good. “That probably translates into less inflammation in the body. And less inflammation in the body equals healthier, younger-looking skin.”
Sure, we all want less stress and better looking skin, but seriously–when do we have the time? Although meditation has great benefits, it can be tough trying to fit one more thing into your already packed schedule.
Thankfully, it doesn’t take much time to begin to see the changes that meditation can bring. Researchers at Canada’s University of Waterloo found that just ten minutes of mediation can help with focus. “Our results indicate that mindfulness training may have protective effects on mind wandering for anxious individuals,” said Mengran Xu, a researcher and PhD candidate at Waterloo. “We also found that meditation practice appears to help anxious people to shift their attention from their own internal worries to the present-moment external world, which enables better focus on a task at hand.”
If you’re just starting out, try for a quick two or three minutes after the kids are in bed. Meditation can become a part of your nightly ritual, helping you to release the stresses of the day. Build up to ten minutes or more.
Gaiam shares the steps below for beginners. If you’re more advanced or need more guidance, the Headspace app offers free ten minute newbie exercises. Insight Timer features over 4,500 free guided meditations and 750 meditation music tracks.
Have you tried meditation?