13 Nourishing Practices For Mamas During Uncertain Times
Try any one of these practices when the world seems out of control and you need to find your center.
I know you’re scared right now.
I know you’re overwhelmed.
I know you want your family happy and healthy more than anything else.
I see you and I believe in you. I know you can gracefully move through the uncertainty you're facing with the same transformative, unconditional love that you give Every. Single. Day.
Here’s some practices that may help ease your pain. I’m not saying they will take away all of the problems. My hope is that they bring you peace as you navigate the rough seas.
Surrender and trust that whatever lies in front of you is for your highest good. Trust that the challenges in your life are part of your journey and will ultimately become your deepest, most treasured lessons.
1. Stay Present
This is not the time to beat yourself up your mistakes or obsess over all of the things that could happen in the following days, weeks, and months. Of course there’s a healthy dose of awareness and preparedness, but if you spend all of your energy analyzing the past and worrying over the future you will feel depleted to face what’s in front of you. Instead focus on where you and your family are now. Sometimes the most challenging times can bring simple pleasures you won’t want to miss.
We tend to hold our breaths when we’re anxious or scared. Everything tightens up and it’s hard to think. A deep belly breath is the perfect remedy to bring you back into your body. When you find yourself overwhelmed, try a few of these in a row. Feel your belly fill up like a balloon and enjoy the renewed sense of ease throughout your whole system. Teach your husband and kids how to do this too and you can all keep each other in check.
3. Trust Your Intuition
Mama’s intuition is no joke. This is the time to fully trust what is coming up for you and what you know is best for your family. Now that you are breathing and present, you will be able to hear that quiet inner voice a little better. Tuning in to our intuition is like a muscle; the more we practice it the stronger it gets.
4. Create Clear Boundaries
How many of us dream of setting more serious boundaries in our lives to protect what’s most important? There’s never been a better time to set aside your inner people-pleaser and clearly communicate with your loved ones what is acceptable and what isn’t. On the other side of an uncomfortable conversation could be more space and time for what needs the most attention.
5. Spend time in Nature
When the world feels like it’s going crazy allow yourself to roam around your favorite trails or even play in your yard. There’s nothing more immediately calming and exhilarating than stepping outside. It’s grounding and always helps us recenter. Open your windows and let all that stagnant energy out. Fresh air is the best medicine and bonus points if you add some belly breathing here.
6. Reconnect with your friends and family
Uncertain times can be a beautiful place to slow down and connect back in with loved ones. You'd be surprised what can unfold when you reach out when for support and show up for others who may need it too. You don’t have to do this alone.
7. Be Intentional
Whether you’re aware of it or not, you get to chose how you show up In every moment. The beauty of setting an intention is that it instantly redirects your energy. Try waking up a little earlier to process what’s on the day’s agenda and think of a word or mantra that will serve you when you hit those lovely unexpected-out-of-your-control moments.
8. Focus on the Positive
It’s been scientifically proven that our thoughts matter and have a major effect on our physical well being. Let this be your time to reframe your thinking and fill your mind and body with positive thoughts. Can you find the gifts that are hidden below the surface of the challenges you're facing right now? This could be a time of worry or a time of renewal. It’s in these turbulent times that our unwavering human spirit shines brightest and our interconnectedness becomes undeniable which feels like a gift we could all use. You get to chose what part to focus on.
9. Embrace movement
With uncertain times comes way more over analyzing and calculating. As we try to control what we can we can quite literally get stuck in our heads and disconnected from our bodies. Our bodies hold so much wisdom about what we need so it's important to keep everything open. Along with a deep breath simple stretches and movement will bring you right back into your body and that juicy space of feeling the truth within you.
10. Develop a creative practice
Creativity is a powerful tool that can help you see and understand your inner world more and most importantly get all the heavy stuff out. There’s no right or wrong way to do this. You can sing, dance, paint, or write. Give yourself permission to do this with a light heart and child-like curiosity. Why not test out your kid’s art supplies or make a vision board from that stack of unread magazines?
Now is a great time to “Marie Kondo” your space. Tap into what brings you joy and send gratitude to the rest as you let it go. This isn’t just about your physical space though. Maybe now you can finally commit to eating those home cooked meals and take a break from restaurant food. You could challenge yourself to limit your social media or news intake. The possibilities are endless. You know the things that get in your way.
I know retreat is probably the furthest thought in your mind, but why not let this be a time of reflection? A time to catch your breath. How can you limit social obligations and outside distractions? What if you finally read that book on your nightstand or sat with some questions that have been on your heart? What if you allowed yourself to go deeper? You may be surprised with what you discover.
13. Practice Surrender
At the end of the day, you can do one or all of these things and may still feel like it’s all too much. It’s easy to want constant control and make sure nothing bad ever happens to the ones we love most. We all know that life doesn’t always go that way and when you find yourself up against these inevitable hardships surrender and trust that whatever lies in front of you is for your highest good. Trust that the challenges in your life are part of your journey and will ultimately become your deepest, most treasured lessons.