Mindful Mums: Self Care Skills for Busy Parents

Mindful Mums: A self-compassion and mindfulness skills group to help you take better care of yourself

Description:

Being a mother involves so much care taking, but how well are you taking care of yourself? Like they say on the safety orientation video on the plane: you need to put on your oxygen mask before helping your children.

Self-compassion and mindfulness are powerful practices that offer much needed support to those of us navigating the challenges of being a mother. Research shows that self-compassion practices offer protection from the endless internal and external criticism that often accompanies parenting.

In this experiential course you will learn meditations and practices that will help you to become kinder to yourself, to feel more connected to others and to feel more grounded and present in your life, including with your children. Being in a group with other mothers, you will see you are not alone in your imperfections and mistakes and can expect to feel more normal, competent and connected. You will also get an opportunity to reconnect with parts of yourself that have been neglected as you take care of others, for example, creative practices and hobbies.

Goals:

  • To help mothers to have more self-compassion
  • To help mothers to be more grounded and present in their own lives and with their children
  • To help mothers to feel less isolated and incompetent and feel more normal, competent and connected.
  • To support mothers in connecting with their authentic self and nurture activities that make them feel good, not just mothering activities

Perfect for Moms who:

  • feel overwhelmed and or disappointed in themselves as a mother
  • feel like they have lost their sense of identity in being a mother
  • have kids with special needs
  • are very hard on themselves
  • have anxiety/depression

Learning objectives:

  • To understand how the brain has us wired for anxiety, worry and dissatisfaction. It’s normal and not our fault.
  • To understand how mindfulness and self-compassion help to dismantle the default modes of the brain
  • To define mindfulness and its benefits
  • To practice mindfulness meditation and have a direct experience of the benefits
  • To practice self-compassion meditation and have a direct experience of the benefits
  • To experience independent creative activities and structure those into the day
  • To have authentic discussions about the challenges of parenting with non-judgmental compassionate peers

You will learn the following:

  • Psycho-education about mindfulness, self-compassion and how the brain’s default mode network creates suffering
  • Mindful movement practice
  • Interoceptive awareness practice
  • Mindful & affectionate breathing practice
  • Soften Soothe Allow practice
  • Interpersonal mindfulness practice
  • Compassionate listening practice
  • Creative play

Dates and Times:

Wednesdays 10am to 12noon starting January 23, 2019.

Group fee:

Receipts provided for extended health insurance.

150 pre-registration fee; total course fee 595 for all sessions and materials including pre-registration fee.

Click the link below to register for “Mindful Mums: Self Care Skills for Busy Parents”.

613-656-3331

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