Are you here because you’re curious or maybe the poster for working moms?
Ya know, always on the go between work and home, a million and one things on your ongoing mental to do list, a project at work but a child with a cold at home, a toddler in tow.
But everyone thinks you have it all together and can do it all. Who wants to live every day like that? Who can live up to those expectations? I need a break from just thinking about it.
This is why you need to be meditating on a regular basis. To either fix the above scenario or prevent it.
Okay, don’t leave! I want you to consider meditation but let me clarify that I am referring to meditation in the sense of allowing yourself a moment alone. Ahh, sounds good right? There’s more.
Meditation is for anyone
This special moment encourages present peace for the mind to be calm. For my Christian sisters, it reminds me of the scripture “Be still and know”.
I meditate on that one regularly. If you want more on that topic, just send me an email or comment below.
Anyhoo, have you ever said you need to “take a moment, breathe and gather your thoughts”?
Meditation is the same concept, but let’s change the word “gather” to “observe”.
It’s a good practice to observe your thoughts without judgement so that you can see them rationally and organize them.
It’s a common myth that people that busy people can’t meditate.
They perceive their lifestyle as too busy or they think that meditation just won’t work for them.
It may freak some people out because they think it’s about some woo woo trance but it’s not, at least not ever on this website.
Another myth is that is takes too much time and you have to be deeply trained in yoga or something like that. Wrong again!
You can get the benefits in minimal time from focused breath work and meditating either on nothing or something that gives you peace.
How do I know? Well, I used to think the same way until I started practicing it.
Finding time to meditate
There are benefits and you can find pockets of time to appreciate the present moment. It doesn’t have to last any longer than a few minutes.
Meditation has been there all along
Have you ever heard the advice to “take a deep breath and calm down” or “try Lamaze breathing” during contractions?
All of that is a way to slow down and regroup. It has significant benefits to your well-being.
Quick starter guide to basic meditation
There’s lots of breathing techniques. To get started, take a deep breath in and close your eyes on the exhale.
Keeping your eyes closed and your body relaxed focus on your breath.
Your mind may wonder.
That’s okay, just re-focus by concentrating on your breath.
I suggest setting an alarm if you are doing this on a time limit. If before bed then just relax and enjoy.
Benefits of meditation for working moms
You get to slow down
Practice self-care by giving yourself permission to slow down. This one is first because it sets the stage for the remaining benefits.
Meditation and focused breath work decrease stress and blood pressure.
As a mom this is super important because you can use meditation to calm the chaos, headaches, and even nausea.
I used meditation and breathing to work thorough my first trimester morning sickness.
This is a big one as a parent. We know discipline is for our children, but sometimes we do it for us and our convenience.
Compassion will help you to deepen your own understanding with your child.
Pretty self-explanatory but crucial. Gaining a new perspective on something can change the entire outcome.
A significant factor in parenting is patience. Can I get an amen?
It’s so easy to quickly react, but mediation gives you a break from the situation. Use that new perspective you just gained.
Clarity to solve problems
This is huge for working moms and I chose it last on purpose.
How often do you jump right into fix it mode when a hundred issues are surrounding you?
You wear so many hats and you’re so much to many people.
Taking time to meditate, even if only for a few minutes will help you to work through the above points and gain clarity.
You will start to approach issues with less stress, more compassion and a new perspective with patience. Every working mama could use some of that!
How to make time for meditation as a working mom
Of course, I would suggest you set and alarm or put it on your schedule. If that feels too rigid at first, then you could have a cue you can rely on to create the habit.
- Morning routine
- A few minutes before getting out of the car at work
- Lunch break
- With your grace / prayer before a meal
- Before driving home after work and of course your
- After you set the laundry timer
- Just after putting the kids down for a nap or the night
- In bed before you fall asleep is the best time saving hack for meditation
- Take advantage of moments in church to meditate on God’s word. Silent moments, hymns, music, open prayer time, etc. Bonus if your kid is in the nursery or with a sitter.
I would say the bathroom could be a cue, but let’s keep it all the way real. We know how that goes with kids.
I mean seriously they want to go into the bathroom with you, what is that?
Thankful for the present moment
Meditation puts things into a realistic perspective. For those moments you let go of the past and relieve your worry of the future. You get to focus on being thankful for the present.
A meditation challenge for you
Make time and schedule meditation daily or come up with a daily cue. Practice it right now. Set a timer for 1 minute and tell me how you feel in the comments.
Journal your before and after for 30 days. What thoughts did you turn around? How do you feel? How has your interaction with yourself, your kids and others changed for the better? What did you learn?
Meditation myths be gone
Consider yourself informed on those meditation myths we discussed. Anyone can practice it no matter how busy they think they are. There’s plenty of time. Go create a meditation plan and be well on your way to a healthier lifestyle and well-being.
Remember you will gain compassion, perspective and patience. Avoid that temper with your kids, employees and coworkers. You don’t want to be the short fused hot head or the woman always stressed out on the job.
Meditation will help you to cope with stress of all levels at work or even that nervous stomach before a speech, big presentation or job interview.
These are all times to practice meditation, focused breath work and welcome positive thoughts.