Five Meditation Tips for Moms

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For most moms, being able to take five minutes for themselves can feel like a big accomplishment. Your days don’t have many opportunities to relax, but there are ways to fit in a meditation practice.

Start with a short meditation

New data collected from users of the Lift goal-tracking app shows that most beginner meditators started successfully with three to five-minute sessions. If that still feels too long to sit still, start with three minutes and work your way up.

Be consistent

Creating a new habit is hard work. Our minds and bodies naturally revolt against change. But there comes a time when you adapt to the new behavior and momentum starts to move you forward instead of pushing you backward. How long does that take? Unfortunately, there's no magic number. Some people can adapt in as little as 18 days, and some might take months. The bottom line is to stick with it.

Do it your own way

There's no right or wrong way to meditate. Just focus on being with yourself -- whether that's focusing on your breathing, walking, or listening to music -- for a certain amount of time. Don't go looking for things to hear, see, feel etc. Make your practice your own.

Be patient

It's important to be patient with yourself and your family since your meditation practice may take some getting used to for you and the ones you love. It's important to let your family know that you need to do this to stay healthy. If you're patient and willing, your meditation will become a part of your daily routine. 

Understand the goal of meditation

According to Psychology Today, beginning meditators often think the goal of meditation is to get to the point that they can focus without becoming distracted. However, a more useful goal is becoming aware of when your mind has drifted sooner. You can't begin to constructively restructure your thoughts if you're unaware of the thoughts you're having.