Me driving today: Hmm, it’s raining I wonder when we will see the sun again well at least the plants can use it and it will make the weeds easier to pull darn I forgot the pretzel coupons I wonder when Pam will text me back Brian really enjoys Will’s company I hope Dan can find the right sized shelves it will nice to be able to use that closet again should we paint that room eh so many other priorities I wish we could pay someone to paint it all I guess we could if I went back to work but if I go back to work full time I’ll never find care for Kevin and who would I trust I really hope that we can find a med that helps with these seizures I really don’t want to have to cancel on Tina for Monday it will be nice to see her and Nick and I’m anxious to help her get Nick back on the right path oh green light gimme a break I paused for like 2 seconds you don’t need to honk at me asshole “mommy when are we going to put a real license plate on the new minivan?” I know I know another task I need to do….
Is that your brain too? Please tell me I’m not the only one. And yes, this is why I am looking into mindfulness to help me with the mental clutter.
It’s hard to believe, but there are actual studies showing that it can help kids with special needs too. Imagine that! A free, drug-free way to help your child….and it’s been proven to work! I’ve been interested in this for a while but am just now getting around to reading about it. It fits in well with the Blue Zone and minimalist lifestyle we are trying to adopt. And, since I read it helps with anxiety, and I have anxiety issues, I’m in!
Mindfulness has ancient roots and is derived from Buddhism. The modern day version is about achieving a mind-body balance. Today we are so fast-paced, asked to do so much with so little, and we have so much information coming at us constantly. By taking a few minutes each day or each week to do some mindfulness exercises, you can bring about a sense of calm, lower your blood pressure and achieve greater focus.
When we hear the word mindfulness, many of us assume that we’re going to have to go to some yoga or meditation class, right? While yoga and meditation classes are some examples of mindfulness exercises, you can get started today–in your own home, just by reading and practicing a few exercises.
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.
Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.
Why you need to consider mindfulness for your special needs child
Some of the many benefits of mindfulness and conditions it can help:
- help relieve stress
- treat heart disease
- lower blood pressure
- reduce chronic pain
- improve sleep
- alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties
- obsessive compulsive disorder
That’s pretty cool, right? And, this isn’t just some bunk I picked up on the website–the studies came from Harvard.
Ok, so like me, you’re sold! How do you get started?
It’s really not that hard–the hard part is staying committed and really getting into it. Not just sitting there, if that makes sense.
It can be as easy as doing some mindful listening and observing.
It is less about the books and equipment you buy, more about making the commitment to making it work for you. But, a free Kindle book is always fun too, if you need more ideas.
Keep your eyes on these for when they are reduced. The one on the far right is free right now, so get it while you can. (was free at time this post was published, but remember, Amazon prices change all the time)
Now, go forth and be mindful! I’m anxious to get started. It’s going to be my Mothers’ Day Resolution. Is that a thing?
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