Mindfulness is all the rage recently and it couldn't come at a better time in our lives. The role of Women and Mother's is evolving rapidly within our society and has evolved rapidly in the last 50 years, so much so that the support system required for our new evolution is tremendously lacking.
We are getting sick, fat, frustrated and lord knows what else.
So, what we know today is that it isn't easy and we can't have it all, no matter how hard we try.
Something has gotta give right?
So, we feel hoards of emotions and likely anxiety is one of them, especially us new Mamas (BTW welcome to the club- we are here for you. It's a club, you have paid your dues and now we are here for you for life).
Mindfulness may be our answer until evolutionary changes/support systems catch up.
According to, Holzel, Carmody and Lazal, 8 weeks of mindfulness changes the structure of our hippocampus, posterior cingulate cortex, temporoparietal junction and cerebellum.
Whoa! what does this mean?
It means that with 8 wks of meditation/mindfulness with less than 30 min of actual work at it a day, we can change how we process information. We can change our perception of the world around us.
Stress is a perceived threat, real or imagined - thus, change how you view a threat and change your stress response, change your hormonal response, change your "tired and wired" feeling...change your life.
P.S. Relaxed Mama = Relaxed Baby
Check out www.meditationmama.com for 5 min mindfulness meditations.