Please, a moment for yourself
You have just become a mother (again) of a new baby. What a luck! But you may also be confronted with completely different aspects of parenthood: the pursuit of perfection, uncertainty, fatigue, exhaustion or stress.
Self-compassion can help with this. You acknowledge the pain in yourself and at the same time have compassion for yourself, instead of criticizing yourself. Experience it for yourself by listening to the self-compassion meditation from byCharly for Tiny Library.
MEET CHARLY, MOTHER OF 4
We would like to introduce Charlotte le Conge Kleyn to you. With her company byCharly she helps create more balance and awareness within families. Charly herself became the mother of 4 sons within 3.5 years and experienced that keeping all the balls in the air as a parent is not always easy. That is why she specialized in mindful parenting coaching (a combination of psychoeducation, systemic work and exercises). Since then she has been sharing her knowledge and experiences through her platform www.mindfulparenting.nl .
Charly made a beautiful, short self-compassion meditation especially for Tiny Library. Before you listen to the meditation, think of a situation that was difficult for you and that involved emotions such as anger, sadness, fear, shame or guilt.
Choose a situation you want to practice with and listen to the audio file:
BE GENTLE WITH YOURSELF MOMMY
This week, try taking a self-compassion meditation break at least once, during or after a stressful moment. In that case you can use the audio file or the following 3 steps:
- Recognition: Pay attention to the pain, stress or emotion and acknowledge the difficult feelings you experience.
- Kindness: Be kind to yourself. Reassure yourself. By saying to yourself 'This is very difficult' (or other similar words) and/or trying to comfort yourself physically. What are some things you would do for a friend in such a case, and can you do the same for yourself?
- Connection: Remind yourself that you are not alone in a similar situation and that it is human to make mistakes. Connect yourself with other parents, 'all parents make mistakes'.
Excited about the meditation? With the code ' CHARLYXTINY25 '* you get a 25% discount on the Mindful Parenting courses, Mindful with your Toddler and the Online Pregnancy Yoga Course from byCharly.
* This discount is not valid on byCharly's children's meditations.