Mothers can feel as if they are sprinting through life, crashing onto the pillow at day's end only to start again the next morning. In Breathe, Mama, Breathe, psychotherapist Shonda Moralis outlines the benefits of daily meditation and shows mums how to do it - in just five minutes! Plus, she shares over 60 "mindful breaks" that will help mothers tune into their own well-being (along with everyone else's): Eat a mindful breakfast - with no phone, TV, or newspaper!; Cuddle your child and take three deep breaths together; Give yourself a mindful-mummy high five - because mamas can use positive reinforcement, too. Every mum - whether caring for a new baby, an over-scheduled school child, or an angsty teen - can become a mindful mama!
Shonda Moralis, MSW, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice specializing in stress-related disorders and mindfulness-based therapy. She writes the Psychology Today blog Breathe, Mama, Breathe and her own blog at ShondaMoralis.net. Shonda has developed and taught mindfulness courses and workshops for children, parents, teachers, and students.