This week’s mindful mantra is about breathing through change. Let's aim to breathe ourselves through the good, the bad and the different.
Change happens to all of us, all the time, big or small. In the early years of parenting, change happens at record breaking speeds. So much so, that it can be really easy to throw your hands up in the air and feel defeated or at a loss, because whatever groove you finally found your family in, now no longer works. Not even a little bit.
If I can’t keep up, I don’t know what to do, or I have no idea what to expect are a part of your daily vocabulary, you will love this week's mindful mantra; breathing through change! Give yourself the space to accept change, and let the stress of your ever changing routines and structure melt away. We will get through this together!
Everyone in this life has a connection to the word change. Wether the change is self-initiated or brought on by outside forces, we all know that change is very simply just a part of life.
Change for parents, manages to get a little more complicated.
Being parents for the first time it is easy to feel overwhelmed with all the new objects taking up space in your home, a total shift in the happenings of your day to day lives. Change doesn't wait for you to be ready, it just happens.
Our newborn babies transition from holding their own heads up to walking (or close to it) in that first year of life. These changes come year by year, month by month and day by day. Something that grabs their attention one day, might not interest them the next.
So, how can we help ourselves remain calm, connected, invested and active in this intensely fast whirlwind of change? By breathing through it.
Breathe for you.
Breathe for your child.
Breathe for your family, your loved ones, your partner.
Breathe for your tired body and mind.
Breathe for your hungry and not so clean self.
Breathe to let your little ones know, that no matter what change today brings, all you need is that same breath to get yourself through it.
There is a duality in this life of good vs. bad, hard vs. easy. It is just as important to slow down and appreciate the good and easy moments with a conscious breath, as it is for the bad and hard ones.
By modelling the breath, patience and making a choice to stop and slow down, we show our children that it is the moments that matter. To not fixate on the results, future or past. To just breathe. Today, tomorrow and right now.
Try it with me this week, and use your breath to provide space and comfort in the face of change, giving you the power to accept it and move forward. Let's spend our week breathing through change.