Some days are easier than others, but overall we can all use words of support one time or another. Once you are a mother, you realize that you are the person rooting your child on and helping them learn how to process their emotions in a healthy way. Self care could easily get lost in the trenches of motherhood and in order to offer support, you must feel true loving strength from within. As your child needs kindness and acceptance, so do you. The cycle of caring for ourselves comes back around while we are caring for those around us. I hope this exercise reminds you of how important a mother’s happiness is and how 5 minutes could make a world of difference on a challenging day.
Once a day or on a challenging day, take 5 to 10 minutes to feel your most prominent, difficult emotion, sadness, fear, guilt, burden or confusion.
Breathe deeply and relax for 1 minute or 2, then feel and hold that complex emotion, fully and deeply.
As you breathe in feel the emotion and as you breathe out, imagine carrying it in your arms.
Say what feels most natural to you, I care for your sadness or I care for your suffering.
Take this caring and hold it close to your heart (you may even touch your heart) and accept this comfort, as you would want your child to receive it.
You are deeply loved.