Chocolate croissant for breakfast, cookies for lunch, ice cream after dinner or instead of dinner and in between bread with butter.
That was literary one of my days this month. Absolutely terrible thing to do to your body, I know.
My excuse? Some days I just really need a little sugar to give me quick energy and keep me going. This past month was especially bad for me because my mom came to visit with a suitcase full of Slovakian sweets (as it was instructed to her), it was also my husbands birthday (we had two birthday cakes). Plus two days ago we just HAD to go to fabulous Jean-Georges restaurant mainly because of their Warm Chocolate Cake. Yes it was amazing! The most basic recipe executed to perfection. Even vanilla bean ice cream was out of this world, made slightly tangy to compliment the sweetness of the chocolate cake.
I realized that I might have a problem and that’s why the beginning of lent seems like a perfect time to eliminate sugar until Easter.
As coincidence would have it, my friend who tried one of my video meditations asked me if there is a meditation to help her hold off from sweets.
That’s when I remembered, of course there is. Thanks to Amantha Tsaros who made me remember.
Whenever you have a presence of mind before you’ll go for something sweet, take 3 deep slow breaths. After that you are less likely to overindulge on an ice cream or a cake and if you do, it will be your fully conscious decision.
Your breath is directly connected to your soul which is always striving for your highest good. When you breathe consciously you will live consciously and eat consciously.
I’ll definitely be practicing this technique a lot in the upcoming weeks. Wish me luck.
Do you want to take your wellness to another level?
Meditation Training Online is coming up March 17th, check it out.
by Dawn K. Gibson
Now that you have a greater understanding of your child’s brain and nervous system, it’s time to dive into the 7 steps I’ve created to help you calm your child’s tantrums without putting her/him in time out or ignoring her.
I will explain each step in detail, but please know that these steps really take no time at all once you get the hang of it.
Taking deep breaths is one of the quickest ways to calm your nervous system.
When your child starts tantruming, feel your feet on the floor and take a big deep breath with sound.
Breathe in your nose, let your belly rise.
Breathe out of your mouth, let your belly fall.
Do this two to three times.
T-Take a moment to assess how you are feeling
As you consciously breathe, notice what is happening inside of your body.
Notice any tension that presents itself in your physical body.
Notice any tightness, temperature, or other sensations as you scan your body from head to toe.
After scanning your entire body, pay attention to the part that seems to stand out more than the others.
Now, give that part of your body your full attention and breathe into it.
You can do this for one second or one minute.
After breathing into the tense body part, notice how you are feeling.
Are you feeling triggered by the tantrum?
Are you feeling embarrassed, angry, or irritated?
There is no self-judgment here, just noticing.
Continue to breathe as you allow yourself to be in the moment, feeling whatever emotion is arising for you.
Know that what you resist persists, so don’t squash your feelings (or your child’s)!
Part Two of “Calm Your Child’s Tantrum” series.
by Dawn Gibson
Step 1: Support Your Child’s Nervous System Development
First, it’s important to know that every baby is born with an underdeveloped nervous system that slowly matures throughout childhood.
You, as her caregiver, are solely responsible for regulating your baby’s or young child’s nervous system.
This probably feels like a huge responsibility, but it is true.
Note from Zita: “I am so happy to introduce you guys to Dawn K. Gibson and her 3 part mini series blog hosted here on Happy Free Spirit about ‘Your Child Tantrums’. Dawn is a mom of 3, social worker, counselor, coach and above all a guide for conscious moms. You can learn more about Dawn on her website dawnkgibson.com “.
Did you know that temper tantrums are a “normal” part of human development?
I know you feel frustrated, anxious, and tired when your child tantrums at times.
As a matter of fact, my three-year old daughter’s tantrums are pretty constant these days and she only has them with me. So, needless to say, I feel your pain!
I’m guessing that many times, you feel helpless and want the meltdowns to STOP, especially when you are in the middle of the grocery store.
Unfortunately for your child, he doesn’t know how to verbally express his feelings, yet.
We all have been, one time or another, under tremendous pressure and stress, right? Maybe you’ve had one of those days when everything went totally wrong, or maybe you had to withstand continuous baby cry for most of your day, or maybe your whole family has fallen sick and baby’s 4 molars were cutting through all at once. Yes that happened last month
I hope this year will be filled with true happiness and joy for all of you, my friends.
Personally, I feel like I’m at the beginning of extremely busy, productive, challenging but also successful year. I am ready to let the games begin! I set my intention to be like a water. To flow with a power, on a path that will lead me to my ocean. In 2013 I was collecting tiny little streams of fresh water from the highest mountains in a giant mountain lake. Right now, the lake is full and feels constricted and I am sooooo ready to let the water of my knowledge and experience OUT, just like a powerful waterfall. I have to say it is a little scary.