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I wish I could be one of those moms that say “I meditate daily and that is why I have peace”. I am NOT one of those moms, in theory I’d love to be. I’ve tried meditating before and I LOVE it. It’s not very often that I stop everything to simply breathe and be aware of my surroundings. It take an actual herculean effort to stop me from constantly going but when I do it, the rest of my day is better as a result of those dedicated five minutes.
Last week I was invited to join a lunch event with Headspace. If you haven’t heard, headspace is a wonderful meditation app that helps you with specific exercises for your needs, for example there are specific trainings for depression, anxiety, fear and more.
There are over 2000 meditation apps out there, but Headspace is one of the only ones committed to advancing the field of mindfulness meditation through clinically-validated research on our product. We are currently in progress on research studies with large national institutions that could be among the largest mindfulness meditation trials ever conducted. We are committed to ensuring Headspace can actually make an impact in our lives.
The lunch was held in Midtown at the beautiful Studio Arte. I was excited to see so many of my favorite bloggers in the room, and we all took some time to catch up and of course, take pictures.
We were able to hear from one of the founders of Headspace Andy Puddicombe about his journey, and his passion for meditation. He was able to share 4 amazing tips about mindful parenting that may be a benefit to your household:
— nellie A. (@BklynActiveMama) June 10, 2018
- Daily Family Meditation: Take 3-10 minutes out of your day to spend some time with your family to close your eyes and do some deep breath exercises. Generally the beginning of the day works best but you can figure out what times work best for your family. Both the Headspace and Headspace For Kids app has fun, easy and playful meditations for the entire family.
- Device Free Dinner: Ok so I will admit, I am fantastic at not allowing the boys to have any devices during the week much less during meals–but do I do the same? Not so much! Andy suggests that the entire family goes device free during dinner time and if that sounds awful try to do it one night a week. Take the time to ask questions that require more than a yes/no and make sure that every stays at the table until the entire family has finished their meal–just like you are at a restaurant.
- Mindful eating: This one can be done as a game. Put a piece of food on the plate and ask your children where does it come from. Next ask them to tell you the ingredients, the shape and what the smell reminds them of. Afterwards, ask them to eat as slowly as possible and name the flavors. The game definitely helps with being more aware of the type of food they are consuming.
— nellie A. (@BklynActiveMama) June 10, 2018
4. Breathe: This one was huge for me personally. Andy tells us when we feel the pressure building and you are about to stress out insanely simply take 30 seconds out to breathe. Seems simple enough right? Just take 10 breaths, in through the nose and out through the mouth. It prevents lashing out too quickly and the guilt that may be associated with what was said in haste. Plus the reaction could be from something else that is happening in our lives.
A Summer Challenge
Andy suggested a summer challenge for us parents which I thought was absolutely brilliant.
Every night before bed, write down one or two things you appreciate about your child. It could be something specific they did that day or something about their character that you love. Use a journal to capture the moments, and you can present it to your child right before school starts. (I totally plan on adding pictures too!) The special surprise will make you more mindful throughout the summer and will show your child how much you care about them, plus it will help you feel more rested and relaxed with the nightly routine.
Getting Started With The Headspace App With A 40% off discount!
One year of Headspace for 40% off for the Brooklyn Active Mama community. This offer expires July 4, 2018!
Instructions to upload the code:
Register and enter the promo code here: https://www.headspace.com/code. Once you log into the app on your phone, it will automatically connect to the subscription you just activated.
Why the code is useful:
Headspace is free to download but only the basic pack session is free. A subscription gives you access to the full Headspace Library, which has hundreds of meditations, mindfulness exercises and animations to help you build the practice.
Over 30 packs of themed meditations on specific topics like stress and sleep
Dozens of one-off exercises designed to add more mindfulness to your day
Super-short mini meditations you can do anytime. Great for busy schedules
Sleep Sounds that help ease the mind into a truly restful night’s sleep
Animations that guide you through essential meditation techniques and bring to life traditional stories like the Very Impatient Yogi
Continued guidance from former monk, and Headspace co-founder, Andy Puddicombe
A few minutes of guided #meditation can change your entire day. Today I am sharing 4 Easy Parenting Techniques To Create A More Mindful Home Plus A Discount Code to the amazing @Headspace app! #ParentingWithHeadspace #ad #MindfulParenting
Do you meditate? Do you think your family will benefit from mediation? Are you IN for the challenge?