Meditation for Mothers- A way to Prevent Stress-Induced Physical and Emotional Health Conditions
Posted Sep 21 2009 2:31pm
Are you a multi-tasking super star mom who juggles the children, housework, a husband, and a job? If this is you, then you know what stress is all about!
With the rigors of raising children, as well as the myriad of other responsibilities you’ve got, coping can become problematic. If this sounds familiar, then you might want to consider meditation. Discover how to use meditation to not lose control in the face of stress. Why not? There's nothing to lose by seeing what it's all about.
Let's first consider the situation of mothers in general.
How much time do you really have for yourself? The odds are that you not only have a child (or more) to look after, but probably a career as well. If you happen to be married, then there is the extra responsibility of ensuring your husband is taken care of as well. If you are a single mother, then you’ve got the whole load of responsibility to yourself. Either way, for mothers, any combination of these facts can be an everyday reality. Yet, one fact remains the same; you’ve got little time for yourself and a mounting level of stress as each day passes.
Here's the problem. The more stressed you become, the less effective you are at taking care of the various duties that you have. Stress is a clear cause of poor communication, broken relationships, and bad temperament… just to name a few. These negative reactions are the very types of attitudes that impede your ability to be an effective mom, wife, career woman, etc. Not only that; stress is a major contributor to various physical, mental, and emotional health problems.
The million dollar question then is what can you do?
Obviously, you don't want to turn to any of the more common and unfortunately damaging stress outlets such as drinking, emotional eating, or just plain out abandoning your responsibilities. Unfortunately, so many mothers have turned to these outlets as a way to cope because of lack of support or lack of knowledge of ways to reduce their daily stress. This is not their fault in any way. This is just a reality. Parenting can be difficult as heck! However, there are much more practical means to resolve the dilemma of stress and one of the easiest ways is through meditation.
Meditation can help you reduce the stress that you’ve got to deal with daily and produce a much healthier lifestyle; both for yourself and at the same time, your family.
Using meditation as a way for relaxation and coping with stress and anxiety is not a new concept. Meditation has been around for centuries. What this indicates, if you stop to think about it, is that if it's still being used today, then it must have some merit to it. Believe me; it does.
As a mother, you are expected to be a nurturer. But, what we forget is that to be a nurturer and to be able to take care of others, we’ve got to take care of ourselves first. After all, you can’t give what you don’t have. You need strength, inner peace, and energy to be at your ultimate. You can learn how to do meditation to have more energy, more tranquility, and less potential for emotional reactions at the sight of stressors.
Meditation for mothers is a way to recharge your "inner" batteries.
And the great thing about meditation for mothers is that it can be done anywhere. One of the greatest misconceptions about meditation in general is that it involves some sort of mystical ritual, that you need to be of some sort of specific religion, or that you need some kind of meditation guru. Nothing could be further from the truth. You can meditate just about anywhere, do not need a meditation guru to teach you, and definitely do not have to be a member of any specific religion or be part of a religion at all.
If you can set aside just 10 minutes a day, there are meditation techniques that you can begin to practice immediately.
Here's the basic idea behind meditation - relaxation. Meditation for mothers is all about gaining a better understanding of yourself- of finding and tapping into the inner peace that we all have and for some reason have forgotten is there or just don’t know where it is. The result is a state of relaxation (patience, compassion) that reduces, if not totally eliminates, the emotional response that the trials of daily stress create in your mind and body. The great thing, again, is that this can be done in the comfort of your own home or the office and at moments that are most convenient for you.
With all of this in mind, meditation for mothers and guided meditation videos are definitely worth the time to check out. Meditation is a proven means for a healthier, happier, and more productive life. Take advantage of what meditation for mothers can do you and your relationships with your family, friends, and co-workers. You will not be disappointed with the results.
Sonia Gallagher is a recovering attorney who now shares the benefits of meditation, meditation techniques, and ways to implement meditation in daily life in an easy to understand, “plain English” manner for other overworked and stressed parents, professionals, and college students. She created the Free5 Day Meditation Guide for Super Moms of which this article is the introduction. Get your Free Copy of the 5 Day Meditation Guide for Super Moms, you more than deserve it!