How To Be A Mindful Mum

Every mum deserves to be able to relax and enjoy life. It is common to wonder how is it possible, when life is so busy? How can you find time each day to be more mindful? As a stay at home mum myself, I have to work on this. I want to share, how I have managed to achieve this around being so busy.

Mindfulness has many benefits. Practicing being more mindful, will help you to make the most of being a Mum. Being a more revitalised mum, will not only be beneficial for yourself, but your family.

Here are some benefits:

Improvement in Sleep

Feeling happier

You will feel less stress

Helps you to pay attention to what matters.

Less depressive symptoms.

Improved Wellbeing

Improved Cognition

Do you want to know ways you can incorporate mindfulness into your life? Below are some ideas, so you can start being more mindful right away!

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness exercises are great at getting you to practice focusing on the present moment. Mum’s usually have a lot to think about, plan and organise on a daily basis. Being overly busy, can cause us to miss out on beneficial moments. Some examples of Mindfulness activities are:

Eating something slowly and noticing the texture and taste. Embracing your senses, to be mindful of everything you experience in that moment.

Spending time observing nature. Looking at a flower and noticing the texture, colour and beauty it has. Focusing on the details of anything around you in nature, has a proven calming effect.

Be Present

Immerse yourself in the present moment. Being present will prevent you from wasting energy on thinking of the past, or worrying about the future. It will allow you to be there fully for your kids. After all, all kids need is your time and attention.

Be organised

Being organised allows you to manage your time better, making you more productive. Reducing clutter certainly does free the mind. Being organised will actually make you feel less stressed. Below are 3 simple ways to be more organised!

* Incorporate a cleaning regime into your life that works. Check out my top cleaning tips.

* Keep clothes in your house organised. Think about what you want to keep, donate or throw away. The more clothes you have, the more the laundry and wardrobe will pile up!

* Plan ahead and note up to 3 things to achieve daily. It will give you a sense of accomplishment, knowing what you need to do and then to get them done.

I love using a planner daily. It has positive power questions for the morning and evening, it helps me to have the best mindset to start and end each day. There is a guide to help you plan your day, plus you can set rewards ( like enjoying a well-deserved piece of cake) for achieving what you set out to.

I use this incredible Law of Attraction planner!

It takes you on a journey to increase your productivity and happiness throughout the year. I love the gratitude questions and aspects, they allow me to always reflect on what is important in life. There are also stickers, a section to make a vision board, life statement and a lot more. The action steps section with self care, entertainment and giving back tips, are a nice touch. I have never felt so motivated to keep using a planner. It makes such a difference to get the right planner for you!

Embrace Nature

There are so many benefits to enjoying nature. Spending time outdoors, can having a prolonged boost on your immune system. Study’s such as one from Nippon Medical School in Tokyo, found more disease fighting cells in women. The cells in these women lasted for seven days, after them being in nature. These benefits were gained after the women spent six hours, over two days around nature.

A great way to get the benefits of outdoors is mindful walking. Mindful walking can be achieved when you use your senses, to notice what is around you alongside how you are feeling. Mindfulness outdoors provides us with emotional and physical benefits.  

Watch the Moon and stars at night. Doing these simple exercises will give us a moment to slow down, enjoy the moment and recharge. Did you know that moon exposure gives the natural release of melatonin, this will aid relaxation by relieving stress and anxiety.

Breathing

Simple breathing exercises such as box breathing, helps your breath to reset. It is easy to do by breathing in for 4, holding for 4 and then out for 4. Repeating at least three times, or for over 3 minutes will do the trick. This technique can make a big difference. I love how breathing exercises helps me to feel centered, which improves my focus.

Self Care

If you make time for self care regular, you will be your best self. As a mum you cannot pour from an empty cup, caring for ourselves will allow us to care for our kids effectively.

Self care will protect your well-being and you will feel happier. If you are getting stressed then the stress could keep spiralling out of control, until you take time for yourself to recharge. Make time for yourself a priority, it will pay off.

Practice positive self talk

Ignore the voice in your head, the voice that is great at making you dislike more and more things about yourself. Trust that these self doubts are not true. Focus on turning negative thoughts into positive one’s. Add more positive thinking into the mix, by reading or saying affirmations daily. It is handy to have a Pinterest board, to gather affirmations that resonate with you.

Listen to your body

Our bodies are great at helping us to realise the bigger picture. If we are mindful in paying attention to our bodies, we can be happier and healthier as a result. Anytime I am doing a job that is too stressful my heart can get palpitations and I feel physically sick, with my stomach being out of sync. Taking the time to feel what is happening within us, can help us to find needed solutions.

Simply breathing and placing your hand on your tummy while you breathe, will help connect your mind and body. Sense of touch and breath, will connect your body and mind effectively. Breathing deeply with your eyes closed, will heighten your senses in focusing on your body.

Connect with your body by breathing in deeply, holding it, before breathing out again. Use the opportunity to listen to your body. Feel where the tension is, notice how you feel within yourself and how that is shown through your body.

Learn from your kids.

Kids freely express their emotions. We can certainly learn from children. Take the time to tune into how you feel, know that it is good to express yourself. If you feel like crying, it is good to let it out.

Kids can be excitable and curious,  it is beneficial to keep that side of ourselves too. If we don’t take life so seriously, we immerse ourselves in excitement, then life will feel brighter. By being curious we keep learning, then show interest in everything around us.

Finally, kids are quick to get up after falling. If we are willing to take risks, then we can open up more opportunities for ourselves. The older we get, the more we think of potential failures, which makes trying a goal feel unworthy. If we see a goal as being more worthy, than the risk of reaching it, then either way we are living our lives more.

It will pay of to get into the habit of practicing mindfulness daily, to get used to incorporating it into your life. It will be rewarding to no longer get overwhelmed, by simply making sure you are fully present each day.

All the best with it and thanks for reading!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11 Super First Birthday Gifts

Are you wondering what to buy for your baby’s First birthday? Well this guide will give you useful ideas.

First check out these ‘Top Tips’ on buying first birthday gifts.

Your baby is due to go through a development change (the 55 week leap). All your baby will be interested in, is doing the things that they see you do. These things are everything from cleaning, to copying you in general. Consider this phase when buying gifts.

Your baby will be bought lots of presents from family, so there’s no need to overdo it.

Think about the long term. Is there a gift you can get, that can also be a keepsake for remembering the first birthday.

Consider using a money saving account to buy gifts. This way you will earn money on each purchase, which goes into a future account for your child.

Check out these 10 gift ideas for 1 year old’s below.

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Tea set

A tea set is a great toy to play along with your little one. Since your child is familiar with you making and enjoying drinks, this is a fun way for your child to copy you.

This tea set isn’t just fun but educational, with the cakes showing a variety of fruit and colours. I love that this gift, is also likely to be used for a few years.

Personalised bear

If you want to buy a gift that doubles up as a keepsake, a personalised bear is ideal.

My daughter adores her personalised bear and loves giving it a cuddle.

Activity table

There are various types of activity tables but this colourful jungle theme one stands out. It comes with 8 various activities, they all help with important developmental skills.

My daughter is more captivated with this wooden activity table, than her plastic musical one. The design is eye catching and beautiful. It is impressive how many activities this compact table provides.

Activity Cube Toy

A great elephant toy which has engaging activities. It has 5 sides filled with vibrant colourful activities.

It definitely keeps my daughter engaged and busy for a long time. The multiple activities all encourage development in different skills. Very helpful with developing coordination.

Stacking cups

Stacking cups are perfect for one year olds. They provide endless possibilities, with multiple ways to play. Your little one can stack them up high and place smaller cups, within the bigger cups or place things inside.

My daughter also enjoys using these cups during bath time, pouring water in and out.

Wooden vehicle set

A great set to play with on tracks you can invent and build together. A gift that will be loved and used time and time again.

These vehicles are well made and have an eye catching design. These beautiful cars make a lovely gift.

Play hoover

You can’t beat interactive gifts that also allow little ones to copy adults! This play hoover is perfect because it provides everything a 1 year old needs in a toy.

The noise and colours are so attention grabbing, it gets engaged with for a lengthy time. Lots of fun songs and phrases for your child to play with. What a brilliant gift for a toddler.

Tunnel

A great tunnel to use inside and outdoors. This is an adventurous gift to give. It is inviting with a colourful design, providing sensory and coordination activities.

If you have a ball pit with a flap, this is great fun to attach for your child to enjoy getting in and out of it. Overall, this is a perfect gift idea for your child’s first birthday.

Ball Pit

This ball pit is ideal, it pops up and is easy to fold away after use. It is large and brightly coloured.

A ball pit makes a great gift for developing your child’s independence ans coordination.

Pull and Sing Puppy

What a cute toy, which was one of the best presents. Everything about this puppy is intriguing for my 1 year old. The buttons stand out and invite a lot of interaction, alongside the pull feature.

This puppy is very interactive and it’s features help promote motor skill development.

Sensory books

What a wonderful book which provides a great sensory experience.

There are lots of textures to feel, the story keeps interest and grabs the attention of my 1 year olds very well.

Thank you so much for reading and all the best with buying gifts!

11 Cleaning Tips for Busy Mums

If you are like me, you can’t relax when your house is upside down. If the house is all cluttered you feel stressed. It isn’t surprising that studies have linked clutter to feeling anxious.

Although everyone is different in how they feel about living among clutter and things being dirty. There is no denying that mess and clutter can lead to increased stress. It can be hard to concentrate, when the mind is cluttered due to stress.

When filth builds up, so does germs which can lead to illness. Overall mess, disorganisation and clutter really does impact our emotional, physical and mental wellbeing.

Living amongst disorganisation is nerve wracking, leaving you stressed after searching for items more often than necessary. When everything does not have a designated place, items end up anywhere one day from the next, this can have such a negative impact on life.

Check out 11 Cleaning tips to help refresh your surroundings and your mind.

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1. Clear items

Always carry an item to put away, when leaving a room or going up or downstairs.

2. Organise Laundry

Organise laundry how it best works for you and your family. It may work having laundry baskets in each bedroom so you, your partner and kids can pop clothes straight in. Or one laundry basket so you have all clothes in one place. This may be particularly helpful if you have lots of stairs, so getting a load of washing together is a lot of work. Making it easier to skip putting on a wash all together.

It may be more practical for you to carry items and pop them straight into the washing machine, when you get a chance to. This may be useful particularly if you have a baby, that you carry most of the time, so you struggle to ever simply get clothes together from your laundry basket and into the wash when alone.

3. Upgrade your mop.

I never found a convenient time to mop because while my daughter is toddling around, it is hassle to simply get the water and everything into the mop bucket. Then the floor would stay wet for way too long!

When your baby is weaning and you need to mop more often, a mop and bucket can feel a burden. Everything changed when I got the flash mop. I love that you attach the wipes to the mop and then you can quickly use it.

The results are amazing, the room quickly smells fresh and the floor instantly looks Wow! Plus it dry’s way quicker than the traditional mop. Life saver!

If you need to mop not long before your baby will be playing on the floor, it works putting kitchen roll doubled up on instead of the wipes. It can be sprayed with your usual toxic free spray, a dab of water or used dry depending on what you need to mop.

It is so useful to have wipes in rooms such as the bathroom and kitchen, so you can quickly refresh surfaces.

4. Keep wipes around the house

If you have a baby and always have them with you while your partner works, baby wipes can be a useful and non toxic way to rub areas down when you get a moment.

5. Find your power products

I love Method products because they are not toxic and plant based. Method products smell amazing and they work wonders. The surface cleaners are great to use around the house in general.

I am amazed by how the mint glass spray works its wonders, on mirror and shiny surfaces such as the cooker.

If you want to be impressed definitely give these products a try. Even the Peach & Pink Pepper washing up liquid smells divine and lasts a decent amount of time. All I can say is Wow! If you find and embrace your go to products, trust me you will actually find cleaning satisfying.

6. Declutter

Declutter in the best way. Pretty much everyone has stuff that they no longer want, need or use. When the home is more decluttered, you will feel a weight of your shoulders. There are so many declutter methods out there, only do what works for your family. Decide on what you use, want and will dispose of or donate together. This will be empowering, plus everyone is more likely to contribute to this moving forwards.

Decluttering equals less stuff, which means less mess! Yay!

7. Keep on top of Dishes

Unload the dishwasher every morning and evening if you can. Refill the dishwasher throughout the day, rather than leaving them out, to prevent a pile.

Wash any items that will save on the load, so you can use them again.

I try to wash my daughters weaning plate and spoons after she’s finished, so I can reuse them that day rather than accumulating a weaning dirty pile. I find it particularly handy when it’s just me and my daughter.

8. Clean when you have pockets of time.

Unload or load the dishwasher, while you are waiting for the kettle to boil. Wipe surfaces and cupboards while food is cooking.

9. Keep less things out on windowsills, tables and shelves.

The less you have on show, the more tidy the home will look. Less stuff out, results in less dust accumulating.

10. Leave a lasting scent

Whether you like to use fragrant candles, essential oils in a diffuser or your favourite room spray, releasing a nice fragrance that you like will create that zen feeling. After having a sparkling clean home, the cherry on top is also the lush aroma.

Fresh Scent tips.

Sprinkle bins with (fragrant powder)

I like to use a spray designed to use after changing your baby to safely freshen the air.

Once your baby is weaning and does dirty nappies, trust me this sprays help fast.

Add scented bags to clothing drawers.

Put food bins out when they are nearly half full or less (depending on how smelly they are getting).

11. Set achievable tasks

Before bed try to think about up to three things you need to get done the next day, it will help you to keep on top of the things. Tackling things that were on your mind from the day before, will go a long way. By the end of the week you will have a lot of small wins. I have found this habit the most useful.

I manage to focus on the main things I need to get done, then I actually do them. It is so hard to have a big to do list playing on your mind, let alone manage to switch off to sleep. Small manageable tasks are always the way!

Thanks for reading. If you have any cleaning tips, I would love to hear them.