It’s Monday! Monday’s seem to be pretty hard on almost everyone. I was thinking a few weeks ago about ways that could make Monday’s better, things that would be attainable and simple for everyone to try. I was trying to incorporate some aspect of yoga, because I love it so much (I am certified in yoga!).

The thing that came to my mind immediately was mindfulness. It’s something that I have been meaning to work on for a really long time, but prioritizing things like this can be really hard sometimes. I feel like so many of us, especially moms (and dad’s!) put ourselves last on the to-do list, which needs to stop! I am the worst at it, so I really try to be better. I also feel like so many of us are living in the future, or in the past, and rarely fully aware of our present. I’m totally guilty of this. I hope that this blog series will help me and some of you!

Today’s Mindful Monday is going to focus on something easy: breathing. Mindful breathing is really simple. Sometimes breathing exercises are really vague, which makes them really hard to achieve for the majority of us. So I will guide you through this exercise as in depth as I can, in hope that everyone will be able to try it out!

Today I want to start out with something basic that will get us started in the direction of mindfulness. I know it may seem a little silly at first, but I PROMISE you it will be beneficial! By the end you will be surprised at how much you noticed!

Here is how we will get started:

  • find a quiet (or semi-quiet, I know it is hard for some of us!) place to take 5 minutes to yourself. It can be the shower, before your kids wake up, while you are eating, etc. Do what you gotta do!
  • take 3 deep breaths to get yourself started.
  • in your head, name off 3 things that you see.
  • take a deep,slow breath.
  • in your head, name off 3 things you smell.
  • deep, slow breath.
  • in your head, name off 3 things you hear.
  • deep, slow breath.
  • in your head, name off 3 things you feel. (this can be physical or emotion, or both!)
  • take 3 deep breaths.

Take just a moment to reflect on the things you noticed being fully present for just a few moments. Note how you feel afterwards; was it easy, or difficult? Do you feel refreshed? Do you feel peaceful?

Please share your feedback with me! I would love to hear if this has been beneficial for you, or not, and maybe help find a way that would work for you.

I would also love to hear what you guys think about this series?

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Thank you so much for following, and reading. I hope that everyone has a great Monday!