Sometimes it is a bit challenging to practice mindfulness at home with your family. But, sometimes it’s also as simple as adding in a new ritual.
It can be starting a habit of one minute of gratitude and/or kind thoughts after you get in bed. Or, taking a Mindful minute of deep breaths before you start to go to sleep. Using calming music or a Mindfulness app can be beneficial before sleep as well.
Here are some apps I recommend to our mindfulness students:
There are more listed here:
But, the reality is, you don’t need to install and app or listen to a YouTube video to practice mindfulness. All you need is your lungs and they are free and they are always with us.
Bring it to the Table:
Another option is to create some routines around shared meals. So, at the family dinner table, you can take a minute to breathe before beginning the meal. Or, everyone can take turns saying one thing they are thankful for that day. Setting the expectation that everyone is to focus on the person speaking is another way to be mindful.
Children, but humans in general, thrive on routine. So, creating a regular mindful activity can really benefit our children, but ourselves as well.
It doesn’t have to be complicated. It doesn’t have to be “perfect”. Just give it a go!
If you want to dive deeper, here’s another great article about mindfulness apps: