Gisele Bundchen has spoken-up about the importance of meditation for parents.
39-year old Brazilian model, activist, author, actress and businesswoman Gisele Bundchen says that it is important for parents to give back to themselves by practicing meditation.
You’d think that it would be easy being the millionaire wife of NFL player Tom Brady. As celebrities it is obviously far more easy to be a parent than it is for the rest of us, what with nannies helping out and having all the money in the world to be able to afford anything at all your kids may need. Yes, we are told that “The struggle is real.” But let’s actually get real for a sec. If someone like Gisele Bundchen finds meditation helpful as a parent, other parents who do not live the A-list lifestyle will find meditation even more beneficial.
Despite the A-List lifestyle, Gisele Bundchen still occasionally feels the struggle of being a parent. ‘As a mother, you’re always giving,’ she told the Daily Mail. The model says that it is important for parents to have a way to give back to themselves. ‘It’s important to give something to yourself,” she told the Daily Mail, “so you can give from a place of being full, instead of giving from a place of being depleted, which isn’t healthy for you or for the family.”
The 39-year old Brazilian beauty and long-time meditation practitioner advises parents to practice meditation. The actress says that her daily 20-minute meditation practice has helped her to maintain her inner calm while still being a parent.
On Saturday, she advised fans on Instagram to start practicing meditation. And she uploaded a photo of herself in full Zen mode.
This is far from the first time that Gisele Bundchen has spoken about meditation. In March she spoke to Vogue about how meditation has helped her overcome anxiety and stop bad habits like smoking.
Scientific Benefits of Meditation for Parents
Gisele Bundchen advocated meditation for parents. But other than celebrity endorsements, you might wonder whether meditation helps parents, and if there is any scientific research on the subject.
Growing research shows that meditation can help parents. One study conducted by William R. Marchand of the George E. Wahlen Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of Utah showed that meditation helps make us more resilient in body, mind, and spirit, which is essential for parenting, as Gisele Bundchen pointed out.
But how can you find time to meditate as a parent?
It can be difficult for parents to find time to meditate amongst all the craziness. But as Bundchen pointed out, it is important to “give something to yourself so you can give from a place of being full, instead of giving from a place of being depleted.”
Thankfully, you do not necessarily need to spend twenty minutes sitting watching our breath, which can be hard if your kids are always wanting your attention. Instead, mothers and fathers can look for ways to practice mindfulness around the house. I’ve written a guide to be the best mindfulness activities, which you can use to boost both your own mindfulness and your kids’ mindfulness too.
More Advice On Meditation For Parents
Meditate with your kids:
What do you do if you can’t get away from the kids for 20 minutes to meditate? Simple. Get the kids to meditate with you. Put some relaxing music on and ask your kids to focus on the music and to notice all the sounds. Make it a little game that the kids can have fun doing. This will keep them occupied while you yourself meditate.
Things like doing the dishes, ironing, and cleaning the house, can be done as a mindful practice. For instance, let’s say you’re doing the dishes. Focus on the feeling of the water on your hands. Be mindful of your movements as you clean those dirty dishes. Notice the sound of the water. This will bring you back into the present moment.
Recite mantras with the kids:
One fun meditation for parents and kids is to recite mantras together. You can sit in a circle and meditate on the mantra “Om”. Ask your kids to focus on the sound of the mantra. Recite it 108 times. My guide to teaching mantras to kids will help you to get started.
As Gisele Bundchen said, it is important for parents to find ways to relax amongst the hustle and bustle of daily living. Meditation is one of the best ways to do that.
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