A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info
Although it seems impossible, the presence of children at home is not an impediment when it comes to meditating. And if you know how to do it, you can even have them do it with you.
Living with children at home can be quite difficult. Even during the lockdown, living together has become more problematic, as children are at home all day. Children require a lot of dedication, that's why we spend all our time preparing food for them, helping them with their homework, and paying close attention to the hours of the day when they are awake. Against this background, it is very difficult to think of moments for yourself, where you can relax or even meditate.
For many years, meditation has become one of the most effective tools for staying calm. And, during the lockdown, many people who previously did not meditate chose to do so to relax their minds and reach a more peaceful state.
And, even if there are children at home, we can find a time and space to meditate. According to former Buddhist monk Andy Puddicombe, co-founder of Headspace, new parents need meditation more than at any other time. These are some of his tips to meditate even when we have children at home.
1. Dedicate 10 minutes a day
We can ask our partner, a relative, or friends to take care of our children for just 10 MINUTES. If we don't have anyone around, we can try while the children sleep. And, even if it is only for those 10 minutes, we will realize that meditation will allow us to rest better and help us to be more productive.
2. Change the chip
One of the great benefits of meditation is that it allows us to live according to our times and activities; it does not intrude on them. Therefore, no matter where we are or what activity we do, we can always find time to dedicate to meditation.
Practice makes us improve our meditation technique more and more. As with the body, better results are achieved if we incorporate practice every day.
4. It is important not to be alone
Mental health also influences our social relationships. If we foster a calm and happy mind that will surely translate into bonds with our family, friends, and co-workers.
5. Encourage children to join
It is very beneficial to share meditation with your children since the little ones learn very quickly, they are less complicated and with less emotional baggage. In addition, it is a great time to share with the family.