I have started taking classes in order to learn about this technique called Mindfulness. Have you ever heard of it? When I first learned of the class, it was called ‘Stress Management’ and I was chomping at the bit at a chance to reserve a seat. See the class is only for parents of kiddos with Autism and there were only 8 seats available.
I wanted one
I know how important Stress Management is for caregivers and I want to learn all I can about the different techniques you can use to help with self-care and managing the amazing amount of stress Autism can place on the family. When I walked into class, I was handed a binder and I was told that we were going to learn how to practice something called Mindfulness. I have to tell you – this stuff is COOL as ANYTHING!!
According to Psychology Today “Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.”
In our first class, we practiced mindful breathing. Check out this website to help you learn how to do it. There are also apps for your device if you would like to get them to help with learning www.stopbreathethink.org and http://t2health.dcoe.mil/apps/breathe2relax
It isn’t rocket science. But it isn’t easy either 😉
I am totally using my essential oils to help me relax, focus, and really nail this technique.
Join me on my journey! I have been practicing mindful breathing while using Present Time essential oil blend in order to help me stay focused on the here and now. Give it a try and let me know how it works for you! I’ll check in after my next class and share MORE about how to practice Mindfulness to help deal with stress.