A major study from Oxford University has suggested that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy stopped as many people from sliding back into depression as strong medication did. How incredibly life changing!
There’s no reason why us mums can’t use the same core skills to de-stress and lessen our reliance on our own (albeit self-selected) drug of choice. What’s yours?
Mine was wine o’clock. A glass most days. OK, every day. I thought I needed a drink to relax & wind down. Looking back I don’t even think I tasted it.
These days I let my body relax on its own. When things start to get a bit crazy around dinner time I take a few deep breaths, turn on some beats and get told off by my kids for dancing like a dork (they’re 2 & 4 years old – how do they know?!).
Mindfulness practice injects a pause between thoughts and actions – a pause that allows us to make choices that align with our true intentions rather than react out of habit.
Now when I have a drink it’s because I’ve made a conscious decision to sit down and savour a delicious treat, not because I’m on operating on autopilot. And that, for me, is progress.