Mindfulness is a huge focus for me, both professionally and personally, as I strive to do the best I can in all of my roles and look for more life balance. When I say mindfulness, I don’t just mean taking the time to focus on my breathing, I also mean being aware of the sounds around me, the taste of the food that I eat, the beauty that surrounds me, and the people, thoughts, and feelings I have in my daily life. I see mindfulness as the missing piece for many of my clients, my kids, and myself. If we can’t pause and be mindful about what is going on or what we are feeling in the moment, we can’t make the best choices for ourselves.
Does this mean I might have to put down some plates so that I can have time to slow down and be more mindful? Yup! And the best way to say “yes” to fewer plates is to say NO to more requests, projects, social gatherings, and mostly to feeling obligated to do everything asked of me and help everyone in need. This is hard for me, but I’m up for the challenge if it means more balance and peace in my life. Care to join me? I welcome examples of ways to say no to things that take away from having time and space for what truly matters. I actually just had my first example to share. As I sat all cozy in bed writing this, my cell phone rang, showing the number of an out-of-town friend who I need to catch up with. Although I want to talk with her, I also want to be mindful about writing this blog and not losing my train of thought. I pressed the “go to voicemail” button and will call her back. Meanwhile, I’m back to writing and my choice of focus … that feels good!
Since I write more formal blogs and articles for Communication Works and other organizations, I thought I would make this blog a bit more personal - with the focus on my experiences as a “Momapist” (mom/therapist). As a momapist, I try not to bring my job stress home and also try to find the happy medium of providing support for my kids without over-therapizing them. My job also brings many benefits, including a large toolbox of strategies and ideas to support my kids in the areas of social/emotional learning and executive functioning. As a therapist, I have the opportunity to practice what I preach and do a lot of trial and error at home. Since I’m a very open-book type of person, I thought I would take this opportunity to blog about my insights, experiences, mistakes, and successes as a Momapist. Join me, learn with me, challenge me, connect with me… I welcome and appreciate it all!