I’ve always liked the idea of mindfulness. Like many mums, I suffer with a nagging guilt that I don’t pay enough attention to the present, that I spend too much time on my phone whilst my children are growing up fast in front of me. I also liked the idea that mindfulness might help with my lack of patience and that it might help me to calm my brain from the constant thinking, planning and worrying; to enjoy more of the here and now.
After a taster session in July, I got hold of the book that was recommended by the tutor, and was immediately put off by the fact that you had to follow mediation exercises every day whilst reading the book. I was sceptical. I came up with a load of reasons this would be impossible to do, mostly revolving around having 2 young noisy children in the house. But in January with my resolutions for books to read this year, I decided to give this book another shot and MAKE time to do the meditations mostly whilst the youngest was at pre-school.
I’ve read somewhere recently a mindfulness tip. Apparently speaking out loud every day three things that you are grateful for will train your brain to focus on the things that are important and improve your happiness. When I remember, I’m trying to do this every day! In the meantime, I thought I’d share with you 5 things I’m grateful for this week:
- Alice has had her school nativity play this week and despite an incident with a rogue elf in the play, it went off very well. She looked so cute in her angel costume!
- I’ve made a big dent on the Christmas shopping! I’ve still got a fair way to go, but I’m pleased that I’ve made a big start on it. I hate going to the shops at this time of year so I’m trying to get the majority of it done online.
- I no longer commute into London but my husband does. In the last couple of weeks there have been ongoing issues with the trains. Delay after delay. I’m so grateful that I don’t have to do that daily battle with the train and tube anymore. I love that I can do my freelance writing work from home and that it flexibly fits in with my family.
- We’ve had the best school run this week since September. Whilst there have been a few bad moments, Alice seems to have really settled down and enjoying ‘Big School’ this week. I’ve had far less tears and tantrums than we’ve seen in previous weeks. It’s surprising how much happier and easier my day becomes on a good school run and for that I’m hugely grateful.
- Tonsillitis, upset stomachs, colds. We seem to have to have had a real run of illness in this house. After weeks of everyone in our household being ill, we are all finally on the road to recovery.
This time of year is normally really busy for most people. We get stressed out about shopping and Christmas on top of the usual every day strains of work and juggling life. I think it’s a good tip to take time out of each day to pause and reflect on what we are all thankful for. It seems to genuinely make us more thankful and a little happier.