Find some ZEN
Isn’t feeling calm, grounded, and centered the norm for moms?
JK ;) Nothing could be further from the truth.
When you’ve got a little one to keep happy, fed, and just alive, you can be running and doing... all. the. time.
Honestly, I still have days where I don't even sit down at all, and sometimes I can hardly remember the last time I just chilled in the sunshine at a coffee shop, sipping a delicious tea, read an interesting article and people watched.
Oh mama, I know what it's like to feel like those days are long gone.
But with today's challenge, you'll have a simple reminder to bring back calm, groundedness, and zen again into your days.
Here is the truth: the reason why many new mamas are having a hard time adjusting to their "new life" and experience difficulty with their postpartum hormones, with their mood, and even with their breastmilk production is because their adrenals (think: stress) are in constant overdrive.
Your adrenals, your thyroid and your ovaries are intimately connected and the hormones these endocrine glands produce literally form the foundation for how you will feel physically and emotionally.
So even when there are times of transition and high stress, you need to be sure to make space for yourself to calm down, rest, recenter, and let go of the things that don't serve you.
Today's challenge is:
Find some zen
In today's challenge, I encourage you to practice your muscle of calm, grounded, and centered by taking at least 10-15 minutes, but preferably 20-30 minutes, to do the following:
- Lie down on a comfortable surface.
- Close your eyes.
- Place one hand on your heart and one hand on your lower belly.
- Begin to breathe deep into your body; as if you're breathing life into your different body parts.
- Slowly begin to scan your body, starting with the top of your head and all the way down to your feet.
- Notice where in your body you feel tension, tightness or heaviness and see if you can give yourself permission to release or lighten these sensations.
Optional: If you find it hard to "tune in" and relax like that, use a bit of background music to get your into "the zone." My favorite one is called Weightless by Maconi Union (scientists actually found that this music is particularly relaxing to the brain!).
Share about your experience on our Facebook group: was this difficult? Did you discover certain tensions in your body? Did it feel nice? How did you feel afterwards?