Mindfulness and the Slow Movement #PoCoLo

tortoise+and+hare

I recently read a post by a blogger I haven’t come across before (found through the Britmums My Best Post of the Week linky) called Josie, who’s post on managing and coping with motherhood (primarily, I feel aimed towards a complete newbie who hasn’t yet had a chance to get their head round the life-altering change a baby brings) got me thinking about mindfulness and how to live more ‘in the moment’ in general.

Anyone who knows me well will tell you that I tend to be quite an anxious person and often find myself worrying about one thing or another. I get stressed out quite easily and having a child exacerbated this no end! Having two children has cranked it up to stress volume overload! I even began developing a ‘stress rash’ – a small area on my left arm which flares up into an angry, itchy, raised rash the day after a particularly stressful, angry or overwhelmingly negative experience. Its a classic example of the mind alone bringing¬† something that’s not really real into full physical existence.

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Woolly Head…

woolly head

Lately I have had a lot of thoughts going through my mind to the point that I decided to write myself a To Do list. Here is the list:

  1. Fill out passport applications for me and EJ (mine being a ten year renewal). (This with the thought in mind that we might actually be able to book a holiday in October, finances allowing).
  2. Buy a new, up to date smartphone which will actually allow me to take Instagram and good quality photographs. (Do this through Vodafone to qualify for 20% staff discount on monthly charges).
  3. Find out whether I’m locked into mobile contract with Virgin and what I would have to do/pay to get out.
  4. After buying new phone apply for staff discount within allocated time period.
  5. Book a party venue for JJ’s birthday (which is only five weeks away :-/)
  6. Book a bouncy castle/entertainer for party.
  7. Buy party necessities
  8. Buy JJ’s birthday presents.
  9. Book an appointment for EJ to have his 12/13 month innoculations.
  10. Ignore entire list and proceed to become increasingly stressed about everything…

These are all the things I should be doing (minus that last one!) whilst I am actually: reading other people’s blog posts; searching for blogging inspiration; attempting to boost my readership by signing up for as many linkies and networks and communities as I can possibly think of; wondering how the hell someone with six children can post consistently funny entries on a regular basis.

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Time Management for Mums 101

Before I had children my need to be organised mostly revolved around gettng to pre-arranged meetings or appointments on time. I was pretty good – checking travel times and making sure I would have the time I needed to prepare in advance. Other than that there wasn’t time managementa huge call to be super-organised. Oh how times have changed!

This week EJ turned one and I realised that, although I had sent out a general invitation for a party ‘of sorts’ on a specific date, I hadn’t thought to plan ahead with food, party bags, activities or indeed EJ’s main present. This has led to last minute panic shopping online and succumbing to a few inflated delivery charges.

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