Sanity-Saving Strategies For Overwhelmed Moms

As a mom (and maybe as a human being), I feel overwhelmed. And not only am I an overwhelmed mom, I feel like I shouldn’t feel that way—I only have one kid, I work from home, I don’t have to worry about our basic needs being met—which only makes things worse because I become more overwhelmed that something is wrong with me for feeling overwhelmed in the first place. It’s a vicious cycle perpetuated by mommy guilt, a culture of busy, self-doubt, and the weight of family, social, and/or work obligations. I know I’m not the only overwhelmed mom out there. ...more
lessoninprogress I totally agree. If I can get up and have an hour to myself, I am soooo much ...more

Still not convinced just how much meditation can change your brain? Check THIS out!

I seriously need to keep attempting to meditate. I am awful at it. I have a hard time quieting my brain. It seems like every time I read a story about meditation and the brain that the evidence just gets more and more compelling that it's an incredible way to fight cognitive decline! (My other 3 best approaches based on my brain-related research are exercise, one-on-one brain training and fish oil. I also try to play Scrabble several times a week, which can't hurt!)But back to meditation. ...more

Living in the Moment, One Bite at a Time

I have been trying to live in the moment, if you’ll forgive the cliché. I’ve been attempting to be more mindful for some time now. I’m getting better at it, but it is (ironically) slow going. I’ve focused on two things recently that have had an interesting impact: eating and meditation....more

5 Easy Ways to Start Meditating

You've heard all about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness, from reducing stress, anxiety, and pain to making us happier and smarter to warding off sickness. You've probably added it to your lengthy to-do list as something to try. In fact, one of your New Year's resolutions may even be to begin a daily meditation practice. After all, we all could benefit from a little bit more zen in our lives. But how do you meditate? ...more
GoodHealthGirl I've tried numerous times and I think that I tried to do too much all at once. ...more

Hard to Keep Up a Meditation Practice? Try This.

 “Prayer is when you talk to God.  Meditation is when you are listening.” - Anonymous ...more

Happiness in Two Minutes: It's Easier Than You Think

While I believe in a purposeful approach to happiness, I do not believe in gimmicks or fads. So when I ran across this article in the Huffington Post titled "How a 2-Minute Exercise Can Redirect Your Brain Toward Happiness," I was a bit skeptical....more

December 1st, NaBloPoMo ...more

Meditation and daydreaming boosts future learning

A new study from The University of Texas at Austin has shown that daydreaming and resting the mind (which I somewhat equate with meditation) not only helps strengthening memories and their storage, but also improves future learning.The team had participants do two learning taskes that required memorization. One group of participants was free to rest and think about anything between taskes. Those who used the free time to reflect on what they had learned during the day performed better in tests the second time. ...more

The Best Meditation Techniques for Absolute Beginners

During high school, I craved Thursday mornings. While most kids were pressing the snooze button on their alarm clocks, I was alert and at school long before the first bell would ring. A few friends of mine started a Yoga Club and were desperate for new members – so I decided to give it a try. They recruited a lovely local yoga teacher to donate her time for our weekly sessions, and we all would pile into the stinky high school wrestling room for class. The lights were dim, the music was soft, and all the stress of college applications and high school drama seemed to just melt away....more