Mindfulness for busy parents: How to achieve when you’ve no time to meditate

June 12, 2020
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    The mindfulness movement has become popular, but how can busy parents apply it to their daily lives?

    It’s easy to dismiss the mindfulness movement as mumbo jumbo. With concepts that urge you to “focus on the present” and “live in the moment”, it can certainly seem a little “out there”.

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    But mindfulness is not some kooky new age trend, nor has it anything to do with religion.

    Simply put, it’s about being more conscious of life as it happens, says psychologist Daniel Koh from Insights Mind Centre.

    (Also read: How to raise a child with good character: Top tips from an ex-principal)

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    “It’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of life,” says Sydney-based relationship mentor and intuitive coach Cimone-Louise Fung.

    “Being mindful gives you a chance to ‘check in’ on yourself and your feelings. Do it often enough and your daily tasks will seem less of a drudgery and a chore. You’ll feel less overwhelmed and less frustrated, and you’ll make better decisions.”

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    Meditation is one way to achieve mindfulness, but who’s got time to sit still in silence when there are housework and cooking to be done? The following steps will give you the same results and help you manage the stress of parenting.

    (Also read: Mindfulness for kids: How to teach your kid to focus better)

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  • Think before you act
    5 / 8 Think before you act

    You’re often in such a rush to get things done that you act on impulse. Instead, take a few minutes to ponder your next step, says Daniel.

    Ask yourself why you’ve chosen to respond in a certain manner and think about how your decision will affect you. For instance, is it worth getting mad at the driver in the next lane who has cut you off, and then having that one incident ruin the rest of your morning?

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  • Be “present” when with others
    6 / 8 Be “present” when with others

    Do you really listen to your kids when they’re talking to you? Put all distractions aside.

    “Make it a rule to not take your loved ones for granted by focusing on them completely when you’re with them,” says Cimone-Louise.

    (Also read: How to bring out the best in your child: Top parenting tips from Singapore teachers)

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  • Find joy in the simple things
    7 / 8 Find joy in the simple things

    Take pleasure in everything you do, says Daniel. Observe what’s going on around you and try to look for the beauty in your surroundings.

    When you’re jogging through the park, for example, don’t be in such a rush to complete your workout. Take in the view, breathe in the fresh air, and thank your legs for carrying you with each step.

     

     

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  • Stay in the here and now
    8 / 8 Stay in the here and now

    Every time you find yourself worrying about the future, bring your mind back to the present.

    “It’s pointless obsessing and stressing about what will happen tomorrow, because you have no control over it. Worse, it takes you away from this moment you’ve got now,” says Cimone-Louise.

    (Photos: 123RF.com) 

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