For years, anxiety and I have been best friends. As an epidemiologist, it is my duty to be analytical. However, my overly analytical nature causes me to worry about…well EVERYTHING. You see if you tell me the sky is blue, I am going to need the details about the various shades of blue the sky has been over the last 365 days so I can calculate the average blueness of it. Yeah, it’s that deep! Is it? Not really!! The fact of the matter is that I spend way too much time over thinking things that really do not matter. I overwhelm myself worrying about what was and what is going to be. How much time do you spend worrying about what is to come or what could happen? The constant worrying about the future induces anxiety. We can curve this by experiencing life as it is happening.
Raise your hand if you are that mom that looks for the beauty in your kids’ movies. Kudos to you mom, you are the real MVP!!
In full transparency, I am guilty of falling asleep when I take my children to the movies. I mean within the first 15-20 minutes, I am in a full mom snore. However, I am a true fan of Po and all that Kung-Fu Panda has to offer (1, 2, and 3). I mean, who isn’t intrigued by a Kung-Fu doing, dumpling eating, clumsy panda that turns out to be a true hero full of heart. Beyond the excitement of watching Po rise to his destiny is the essence of mindfulness.
Cue Master Oogway to help us get our life all the way together by taking control of our anxiety.
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift… that’s why they call it the present“
Mindfulness is the art of being present without resistance. It is an awareness of our feelings, thoughts, and experiences, without judgment. Freedom from judgment can be a struggle, but the benefits of increasing mindfulness are priceless, especially for us moms that battle anxiety. Empirical research has shown that mindfulness as an evidence-based approach to reducing stress and promoting well-being. In addition to helping with anxiety, mindfulness has shown promising results in boosting memory, increasing focus, increasing cognitive flexibility, less emotional reactivity, and regulating fear. As an epidemiologist it is my duty to let you know that although several studies have demonstrated positive health benefits from mindfulness, there is still more work to be done.