Mindfulness – sustainability

Even though mindfulness was unknown to me at the time when I was pregnant for the first time, I automatically started to live more mindfully than before. When I got pregnant, I took responsibility. Not just for me and my environment, but also for growing life. I paid attention to the food I ate, tried to produce less garbage and avoid excessive consumption. But the baby in me also asked to be mindful of myself. To rest when I was tired and to eat when I was hungry.

I have now three children and nowhere else than in the microcosm of family, do I better notice the importance of mindfulness in everyday life. If I am not mindful and take good care of myself, this stresses the family construct. The nerves become thinner, the mood starts to falter, and small, everyday challenges grow into huge problems. For me, this means that my judgment becomes clouded and I start to behave unfairly towards my children.

The more mindful I deal with myself, the more attentive I can be towards my fellow human beings. In relation to the family: if I know my limits, I can also accept the peculiarities of the other family members and let them be as they are. If I take care of myself and my energy reserves and if I deal sufficiently with my needs, I can draw strength for myself to live. I can reflect on what helps me to stay true to myself and save the good moments for difficult phases. Thus, I can savor the moment with the inner conviction that even bad phases are alternated with good ones.

In theory, I know that. However, it is not easy for me to let go at the end of the day and stop the carousel of thoughts. That the events of the day and the appointments of the following day are turning at top speed again and again in my head. Especially when too little of the to-do list is done and subjectively everything was unsatisfactory.

When a friend introduced me to the DAYCATCHER app, I was initially skeptical. A diary where I keep a good moment of the day? What should that do? Today, after more than three months of writing a catch every night, the doubts are gone. Writing on DAYCATCHER is my favorite evening routine. While I mentally review the day, there is always something that was good. And by holding on to them, the good moments are given a lot more weight. Another positive reinforcement is the exchange with the other users, which is benevolent and supportive throughout.

I live! Now!

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