In the whirlwind of parenthood, where nappy changes, school runs, and bedtime routines often dominate the agenda, it’s easy for parents to find themselves caught up in the chaos. Juggling the demands of family life, careers and your own personal well-being can be an overwhelming task. The concept of mindfulness may be foreign for some parents, but it’s something that can help you prioritise yourself, even if you only have 15 minutes to spare in a day. Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present in the moment, and it can be a transformative approach to parenting that nurtures both yours, and your child's needs. Let’s dive in and have a look at the mindful practice of meditation.
The art of mindful mornings
Now we know that it can be very hard for a lot of parents to find a spare 5 minutes in the morning to focus on themselves and meditate. Morphée Zen, is our newest product and has been designed for parents and busy people in mind, as the sessions last between 2-5 minutes each. Whether you wake up 5-minutes earlier than normal, listen to a session on your way to work, or with a cup of tea on your morning work break, there are lots of benefits of meditating in the morning, let’s jump right in and have a look at them.
- Meditation promotes mental clarity and focus - Morning meditation can help to clear the mental fog from your sleep and set a positive tone for the rest of the day. By calming the mind and reducing mental chatter, meditation enhances concentration and focus, making it easier to tackle all the tasks you have on your to do list.
- Stress reduction - Starting the day with meditation allows individuals to manage stress more effectively. Meditation activates the relaxation response in your body, which helps to lower your cortisol levels (the stress hormone) and promotes a sense of calm. This can contribute to a more balanced and resilient response to challenges that the day throws at you.
- Enhances emotional well-being - Morning meditation provides an opportunity for self-reflection and emotional regulation. Meditation can help you to better understand your emotions, and it can help you to respond in a more measured and constructive way. This emotional resilience can positively impact your interactions throughout the day.
- Boosts energy levels - Whilst meditation is a calming practice, it also has the potential to increase your overall energy levels. By promoting a sense of inner peace and reducing feelings of fatigue or sluggishness, morning meditation can create a more energised and positive mindset for the day.
Positive routine - Incorporating meditation into your morning routine can establish a positive habit. Consistency is key in realising the long-term benefits of meditation. By adding it into your routine, individuals are more likely to prioritise and integrate meditation into their daily lives, setting a positive tone for the day.
Meditation at night
If you’re looking to add meditation into your daily routine, but you have zero minutes to spare in the morning, there’s no need to stress. The positive effects of meditation are not confined to the morning hours, so be it midday or midnight, anytime is an opportune moment to embrace the serenity that meditation can give you. All the benefits you will feel from your morning meditation, will also be felt in the evening. There is however one key benefit of meditating in the evening, and that is helping you with your sleep.
Regular meditation has been linked to better sleep quality. By promoting relaxation and reducing anxiety, meditation can help quiet the mind making it easier to fall asleep and enjoy a more restful night. Establishing a consistent meditation practice before bedtime can signal to your body that it’s time to wind down and prepare for sleep.
Morphée is our screen-free and wave-free meditation device that can guide you through your meditation sessions. With over 200 sessions to choose from, there are plenty of meditation sessions for you to choose from, as well as different nature sounds that have been recorded especially for Morphée from four corners of the world. Each session lasts between 8 and 20 minutes, and will switch off automatically, so if you fall asleep whilst listening, the device will not continue to play.
I love the Morphée sleep aid. It has a good selection of different themes. Breathing, music, cardio, napping, visual journeys, nature sounds etc. 8 or 20 minutes. Male or female voices. I rarely get to listen to the end of my chosen program as I usually fall asleep before it’s finished! Plus no blue light or mobile phone radiation to worry about.
If you fancy giving meditation a go, Morphée offers a 100-night trial. During this trial you can test out the product and see whether you notice a change in your sleep and general well-being. If you don’t love Morphée as much as we hope you do, you can return the product for free.