Practicing Mindfulness And Self-Care

Tamera Mowry mindfulness

Practicing mindfulness and making daily efforts towards self-care sounds simple enough, right? The idea that we wouldn’t take care of ourselves, and would neglect to make a conscious effort to make our own lives happier and more fulfilled seems crazy — But I think we are all guilty of it from time to time! One quick Google search for ‘self-care’ yields about 51,400,000 results, so it is safe to say that I am not alone in being the only one who has to make a special effort to check in with myself!

Life gets busy! We have work and family and friendships and households to maintain, and before you know it, days quickly become spent caring for everyone else. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love caring for my children and husband, and I feel so incredibly blessed to have my career. It’s an absolute honor and privilege to have the responsibilities in my life that I do. I am a very full and fulfilled wife, mom, sister, daughter and friend! However, if I don’t make time for me, and time to very consciously care for myself, then I find that I am not the best version of me in these roles. There were definitely times in my life when I wasn’t making time for mindfulness and self-care, and I remember just feeling so depleted — Like I was constantly giving so much, and was always on the edge of frustration.

I have learned that to check in with myself each day, and have a little quiet time devoted just to me is so important. Every morning, I take a few minutes to stretch alone, and then whenever I can, I try and take a short walk. Spending this little bit of time by myself really helps me to feel grounded and centered with my own thoughts. Sometimes the mind can get cluttered with other people’s opinions about our life or career, and taking some alone time to digest your own thoughts and feelings, and to trust yourself, can bring about so much clarity.

Exercise has always been a really important part of my life, and was always one of the biggest ways that I devoted time to self-care. After injuring my back about a year ago, this brought my regular exercise routine to a halt, and for a moment, my daily self-care. I realized that I would have to adjust, not just so that my body could still exercise, but so that I was still carving out time that was just for me to be alone with myself. I’ll be honest with you, it was very frustrating at first to lose my routine and my ability to work out! I didn’t give up though. I now am able to do Pilates, as well as stretch deeply, and take long walks.

Working out is a huge source of mindfulness and self-care for me, but there are other ways that I sneak in self-care all throughout my day. I have found that taking three really deep breaths (and not just when you feel stress or frustration), makes me feel immediately calmer and serves as a little reminder to check in with myself and my feelings. I also reflect each day about all the things that I am thankful for. You can do this when you are driving, or even when you are in the shower. If you stop and spend 10-20 seconds thinking about all the things that are good and are a blessing in your life, soon it will become a habit and you will find yourself being a very thankful and more positive person. Finally, keeping a journal to write down my goals and also pen any frustrations, thoughts or inspirations is another regular practice of mine. You can even try journaling in bullet points, it doesn’t have to be a long process — There is something incredibly cathartic about writing down how you are feeling!

Taking time for me each day to be quiet and focused on my own thoughts, feelings and body has become completely essential, and is now a non-negotiable in my life. It’s as important as brushing my teeth each morning! As a result, I am an all-around happier person, and that energy is contagious and literally radiates onto my family. I know that by caring for myself, I am being the best wife, mom, sister, daughter and friend that I can be!

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
— Mother Theresa

I would love to know how you guys stay mindful and practice self-care each day! Comment and let me know! 

Xo
Tamera  

Essential Oils for Home Use

Keeping a clean house when you have kids can prove to be difficult, especially when we’re even more conscious of what we’re spraying or using as cleaner in our home. There are plenty of products we could swipe across the tables to disinfect, but I don’t like the idea of harsh chemicals in arms reach of Aden or Ariah, so I’ve incorporated other methods for keeping our house tidy and family healthy. And wouldn’t you know, one of my favorite wellness items, essential oils, can be used beyond the diffuser.   

Essential Oils for Home Use Cleaning

I’ve gushed about essential oils before–they’ve helped me with back pain and headaches, and created an overall calming environment in our home. So it only makes sense that these natural wonders, mixed with a few other household items, can disinfect, clean and freshen up every room in your home. Oils like tea tree and lemon are immediate go-tos for their deodorizing and purifying properties, but there are others to help you get the trick done. That is, when you actually have time to tackle the house. :) Here are a few recipes to get you started.

Windows – Heavens knows we need ours cleaned! Add 10 drops of lemon or lemongrass essential oil to 1 cup of white vinegar. Pour into a spray bottle, shake and use.

All-Purpose Cleaner – This is perfect for our marble counter tops. Add 3/4 cup of water, 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol, 10 drops of peppermint oil and a squirt of dish soap to a bottle. Shake it and spray.

Cookware – If you’ve cooked and a little of your meal is stuck to the pan. Combine 1/4 cup of dish soap (natural works best for being less harmful), 5 drops of clove essential oil, 1/4 cup of baking soda and a few drops of water. combine and scrub onto pan with the rough side of your sponge. Then wipe or rinse off.

Deodorizing Spray – There are so many uses for vodka. Add 1/2 cup of vodka to 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Place in a spray bottle, shake and use. You can spray your clothes or furniture and it will knock unwanted scents out!

Cleaning Stuffed Animals – Every parent can use this! Combine 2 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 drop of eucalyptus, tea tree and lavender essential oil in a Ziplock bag. Add the stuffed animal, shake and freeze. After about an hour take it out and shake off the baking soda. If the toy is very dirty, you might have to go with the full hand washing routine. Lol.

Do you make any of your own cleaners? Would love to know your recipes!

Xx,
Tamera

Staying Active with The Play On Campaign

As any parent knows, the act of juggling day-to-day family and work life is never easy. On any given day, Adam and I are balancing the responsibilities of our careers, caring for Aden, and finding quality time for ourselves, our relationship and our friends. It’s a busy schedule for sure! Yet, through all of this, one other “to-do” that we make a point of scheduling is family playtime.

Recent research by KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to helping kids thrive through balanced and active playful lives, finds that while 90% of parents and caregivers agree that playing outside is very important for kids, this awareness does not always translate into action. This isn’t surprising considering the responsibilities and distractions of our daily lives. 

Play On Campaign

Thankfully, I learned at an early age that making active play a priority is important. Growing up, my mom was always adamant that we go outside to play, and I really think this helped shape me, not just physically, but also socially and emotionally. I want to instill the same active lifestyle into Aden. That’s why I was thrilled when BAND-AID® Brand and NEOSPORIN® Brand approached me about joining them for their new Play On™ campaign to raise awareness about the importance of play while being prepared with first aid essentials. As a partner, I’ve even built my own first aid kit to ensure my family incorporates play into our lives while staying safe and prepared. I’ve always been a big fan of the brands’ products–the NEOSPORIN® NEO TO GO! is always in my bag (for me) andBAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages featuring Jake and the Never Land Pirates (for Aden), so this was a perfect fit! Together, we are reminding parents about the benefits of play and providing tips on easy ways you can be equipped for play—from using your imagination to bringing back an old school game like hopscotch to making sure you have first aid essentials on hand for any cuts or scrapes that may happen.

Play On Campaign

With this campaign, BAND-AID® Brand and NEOSPORIN® Brand are working with KaBOOM! to not only encourage active play, but to ensure that families nationwide have the tools to get out there and tackle new adventures.  Here’s how they’re making a difference:  

  • Donating first aid products to play spaces in need across the country
  • Contributing to new play spaces in 2015 by providing Rigamajig grants (cool, right?)
  • Sharing tips on how to stay prepared for the inevitable bumps, bruises, cuts & scrapes that happen every day– whether building a backyard fort, making arts and crafts, or playing sports (baseball is becoming a popular one for us, no surprise there!).  This summer and beyond I hope you’ll join me on a movement to lead more active, safer, and playful lives. You can learn more about first aid essentials, visit www.HealthyEssentials.com.

Xx,
Tamera

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