Meditation-Like Activities (for People Who Suck at Meditating)

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Do you suck at meditating? You’re not alone. But, you may be pleased to find out that there are TONS of alternatives to meditation that totally count, according to experts. Read on for our list of unconventional ways to meditate in the new year.

If 2019 taught us anything, it’s that everyone was meditating.

Everyone but us, that is. Because frankly, we suck at meditating.

But that didn’t stop us from wanting to hop on the bandwagon and get all those juicy benefits of meditation everyone is always talking about. Things like reduced stress, less anxiety, and heightened self awareness. I mean, who WOULDN’T want that?

So in 2020, we are working on learning how to meditate for real- and in the meantime, we’ve been exploring alternatives to meditation. These meditation-like activities will help you calm your mind, relax your body, and bring a little mindfulness to your day- yes, even if you suck at meditating like we do.

Read on for a list of the best unconventional ways to meditate- maybe you’ll find a new zen-like hobby to suit yourself, too.

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Cheap Self Care Activities for Moms (And a Few Splurges!)

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Moms wear themselves thin on the regular. But are there cheap self care activities for moms that will actually make a difference in the long term? That’s a resounding YES.

We hear it all the time- “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” But whoever said that? Yeah, they must have never met a mother. Because we pour from an empty cup ALL THE TIME.

But just because we CAN, doesn’t mean that we should. The demands on mothers are perhaps higher than they’ve ever been. Whether you go to work each day, work from home, or are a stay at home mom, your days are jam packed with things to do, missions to accomplish, and a mental load that would bring any regular person to their knees.

Even super moms need a little respite every once in a while.

As a recent viral article pointed out though, pretending that bubble baths are enough to make it all better is not doing anyone any favors. Instead, we need a systematic approach to caring for ourselves.

Just as we make sure that our kids’ physical, mental, social, and emotional needs are met, we also need to make sure that we’re addressing our own needs, too.

We’re not saying that wellness will come overnight, or that these tasks will take away the heavy burdens that mothers often feel. But will focusing on yourself sometimes help? That’s a resounding YES.

So whatever your budget, we’ve got ideas for cheap self care activities for moms that won’t break the bank (and that may just actually set you up for success, too). 

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How to be More Than “Mom” in 2019

Sometimes we get lost in being Mom. Here are tips on how to be YOU in 2019. #newyears #newyears2019 #newyearsresolution #newyearnewme #resolutions2019 #goals #selfcare #metime #puttingmefirst #beingMom #justMom #beingmorethanMom

Last weekend, we loaded up the kids and drove for a little over an hour to get together with my husband’s family. A five minute car ride can be rife with frustration, so an hour with three kids in the backseat can be an absolute disaster. When I got out of the car, I was asked by my sister in law how my drive was. Out of habit I responded in terms of the kids. “Izzie slept most of the way. Cole and Evie fought a bit, but then played nicely the second half of the trip.” She smiled politely before saying, “That’s nice, but I want to know how the trip was for you.”

I paused for a minute, unsure how to proceed. I’ve become so accustomed to my experience being dependent on everyone else that I didn’t even hear the question in terms of me. My kids day impacts how my day was. My husbands day at work can affect my night at home. But somewhere along the lines I have my own experiences and opinions and I need to remember to honor that.

After blinking in stunned silence for a minute, I responded to her actual question. “I had a nice drive. Chad and I talked about some things and I got to read a book for a while.” The exchange was unnatural for me. I realized that it shouldn’t be unnatural to tell someone about an experience I had. I spent the rest of the day very aware of the questions I was asked, and how I answered them.

We often complain that we lose ourselves and just take on the role of “Mom” – which is true. But I find myself accepting that role and not questioning it when I could be making sure people see me as more than that. This year, I want to talk to other women. I want to talk about them. Yes, I’ll talk about them as Moms, but I want to help them find value somewhere else as well.

Here’s my plan for 2019.

Sometimes we get lost in being Mom. Here are tips on how to be YOU in 2019. #newyears #newyears2019 #newyearsresolution #newyearnewme #resolutions2019 #goals #selfcare #metime #puttingmefirst #beingMom #justMom #beingmorethanMom

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Holiday Self Care Tips for Moms

Holiday Self Care Tips for Moms from The Salty Mamas

As Moms, it’s a challenge to find time to take care of ourselves. We’re always putting everyone else’s needs first. But as we all know, you need to make sure you’re taken care of if you want to be any good to anyone else. Which is why even though the holidays are the busiest time of the year, it’s still important to take care of YOU. We’re bringing some easy holiday self care tops tips for Moms to help you survive the end of the year. 

I love the December. But by the time we hit Christmas, I’m wiped out. We’ve had cookie parties and gift exchanges, my kids have preformed in the Nutcracker and I’ve wrapped too many presents. With all the chaos, the magic part of the holidays seem to disappear. 

But what if it didn’t have to be like that? What if with some easy self care tips for the holidays, you could get back some of the magic

Remember, you’re probably extra worn out. It’s the end of the year, and arguably the busiest time of the year. A bubble bath isn’t going to cut it as self care

It’s time to get creative. The good news is, there are some special ways to enjoy holiday self care that aren’t available the rest of the year. So take advantage of the season, by trying some holiday self care tips for Moms that won’t be around the rest of the year. 

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Making the Miracle Morning Work for Your Mama Routine

Trying to make the Miracle Morning work for you as a mom? We've got a rundown of how to increase your broductivity, run your business like a mompreneur, and practice some self-care for moms- all before 8 am! Read how at TheSaltyMamas.com. #miraclemorning #Bulletjournal #selfcare #productivity #wahmtips #momlife

We have talked before about the Miracle Morning for Moms, and how you can adapt the program to meet your needs. Parents need peace and quiet as much as the next person (strike that: parents need peace and quiet MORE than the next person), and using the Miracle Morning for parents is a genius way to start your day with focus and intention.

But when you’ve got small children at home, and a schedule that isn’t your own, carving out an hour a day is not an easy task.  If the Miracle Morning isn’t working for you, you’ve got to find a way to work it that’s all your own.
Trying to make the Miracle Morning work for you as a mom? We've got a rundown of how to increase your broductivity, run your business like a mompreneur, and practice some self-care for moms- all before 8 am! Read how at TheSaltyMamas.com. #miraclemorning #Bulletjournal #selfcare #productivity #wahmtips #momlife

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