I know you’re a busy mom and your mind is probably racing with all kinds of thoughts, and let’s be honest, a lot of those thoughts are negative. 

I totally get it, and I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to live like that! All that stress and worrying isn’t doing you any favors, and in fact, it’s probably making things worse.

Get this. Studies show we have 60,000 thoughts a day. Holy smokes! When do we ever get a brain break? That fact alone has convinced me to slow down and focus on living in the moment. 

When you’re constantly in a state of high alert, your body produces cortisol, which can lead to all kinds of health problems like blood sugar and hormonal imbalances and a decreased immune function. So taking a brain break isn’t just good for your mental health, it’s important for your physical health too!

I know it’s easier said than done, but you can calm your mind and focus on the present moment too. Here are my top two tools to get started (oh and it only takes 10 minutes a day).

Meditation

Don’t write me off here! For a really long time, I considered meditation a sort of “woo-woo” practice for hippies and refused to even give it a try. It wasn’t until I was close to a major mental breakdown that I said what the heck, I have nothing to lose, I’ll give it a try.

This is what meditation actually looks like for me. Sitting on my couch or lying down, eyes closed or open with a soft gaze, focused on my breathing, or listening to a guided meditation on my phone. That’s it! You can start to make improvements to your health with only 5 minutes of meditation a day.

All you are doing is calming the constant flow of thoughts through your head, resetting your nervous system, and allowing yourself to focus on the present. 

Make a promise to yourself that you will do a 5-minute meditation every morning before you scroll social media or check your email. I promise, if you give it a solid week try, you will see a positive change in yourself and want to keep going.

Gratitude Journaling

Another thing that I recommend is to start the practice of gratitude journaling. It might sound cheesy, but taking a few minutes each day to write down things you’re grateful for can be really beneficial to your mental well-being.

I am completely aware that my thinking tends to default to worrying about the future when realistically, I should be grateful for all that I currently have and slow down to enjoy it. Gratitude journaling shifts my focus away from all worrying about the future, negativity, and things I feel like I am doing wrong to appreciating the little things and acknowledging the abundance of things I already have and am doing right!

I recommend this lovely 5-minute gratitude journal or just grab a blank notebook and write down 3 things you are grateful for each morning. They can be as simple as a cup of coffee, a cozy blanket, or a good night’s sleep. Pick a time. First thing in the morning works best for me. If you tend to go to bed worrying about the next day, then bedtime would be a great time for this. It will help shift your mind away from your negative thoughts and allow you to sleep better!

Remember, you don’t have to do it all at once. Take some time for yourself each day, whether it’s through meditation, gratitude journaling, or just a few moments of quiet time. You deserve it, and your body and mind will thank you for it!

You can learn to let go of all those thoughts that are weighing you down and just be in the moment.

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I'm Abby— a Registered Nurse and Functional Health Consultant. I assist clients in identifying the root cause of their health problems, begin healing, and attain optimal wellness. Book a free consult to learn more about my services!

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