Nothing is more typical than over-concern about a new baby or about how you are developing as a parent. When concern becomes an extreme, anxiety results. It can get in the way of your health and your daily life. It can prevent you from being the parent you want to be.
Dealing with anxiety can assist you in enjoying your life as a parent. Parents as Teachers research names one of the strategies to cope with anxiety – practicing mindfulness. Once you develop the basics of mindfulness, you can also encourage your child to build mindfulness.
• The basics of mindfulness – mindfulness is described as a state of being in the present moment, accepting things for what they are in a moment-by-moment basis. It involves cultivating our ability to pay attention in the present moment and provides us with an opportunity to have a clear mind. This creates the opportunity to respond rather than react to situations. This improves decision making, as well as physical and mental relaxation.
An example of mindfulness in everyday life is mindful eating. This involves sitting down at a table and eating a meal without engaging in any other activity. This includes…
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