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#LittleAdamBryce is happy to receive this Baby Dove basket of goodies
#LittleAdamBryce at 26-months, who is happy to receive his Baby Dove care package

Motherhood update at 26-months

Despite being a mother for already 2-years-and-2-months, you would think I’m acing motherhood like a pro. Contrary though, I still feel like a newbie just like when Bryce was a newborn baby. I still struggle, daily. Although the issues probably change per day, I couldn’t say if it’s getting better or worse.

Bryce looks guilty for scribbling crayon on mommy's white chair
Bryce looks guilty for scribbling crayon on mommy’s white chair

Just the normal world of motherhood — the joys, the laughter, the challenges, the frustrations and the in-betweens.

Mindful Mom Retreat

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Mindful Mom Retreat
With the trio of moms behind the Mindful Mom Re-Treat: Mommy Mundo’s Founder – Janice Crisostomo Villanueva, Registered Psychologist and Counselor – Michele Alignay, and Mommy Mundo’s Editor – Jing Lejano

mind·ful·ness /ˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs/

1.) the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
2.) a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
Mindful Mom Retreat
My #LittleAdamBryce before the start of the Mindful Mom Retreat event.

The demands of being a mom, in my case a first time mom of a now 10-month old baby, can be overwhelming, especially if you encounter things for the first time and find yourself wondering how to handle each new concern. Sometimes you feel you have little control over a situation, or you have missed to make the right decision, or simply handling your thinning patience. If the stress of rearing a child is left unchecked, it can take a toll on your health, relationships, and state of mind —eventually leading to burnout.

When you’re burned out, it’s tough to do anything, let alone look after someone else —our husbands and our children. That’s why taking care of yourself isn’t a luxury —it’s a necessity.

Taking care of yourself isn’t a luxury — it’s a necessity.

If you don’t get the physical and emotional support you need, the stress of rearing a child leaves you vulnerable to a wide range of problems, including depression, anxiety, and burnout. And when you get to that point, both you and your child you’re caring for suffer. That’s why managing the stress levels in your life is just as important as making sure your family gets the caring they need.

Mindful Mom Retreat
At Mindful Mom Retreat in Aruga by Rockwell

In my case, I took the time out and took the first step into my self-care journey.

I joined other moms who seek to pause, reflect and be in the present moment by attending Mindful Mom Retreat by Mommy Mundo.

Mindful Mom Retreat
Mommy’s day out would not be possible without the support of my loving husband and baby!
Self-care is a call for Mindfulness.
It is to Be instead of to Do.
It is pausing, reflecting and being present in the moment.
It is a treat and responsibility to the self.
Mindful Mom Retreat
My #LittleAdamBryce is a certified #BeloBaby. 💙
“Taking care of yourself is part of taking care of your kids.”

Mindful Mom Retreat

“To be beautiful means to be Yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept Yourself.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Here are my take-away during this important event in my mommy’s day out.

Why self-care is important?

  • Moms are multi-taskers
  • Moms wear many hats
  • Moms are the nurturers & the family’s emotional anchor

Self-care allows us to…

  • recharge our body
  • declutter our thoughts
  • tune in to our needs and emotions
  • make the spirit catch up with the body

Practical Mindful Self-Care

  • BE present in the moment
  • Cease to OVERTHINK
  • OFFLINE CONNECTIONS are more important
  • Do not COMPARE
  • Choose your INFLUENCES
  • DECLUTTER your thoughts and emotions
  • Set your BOUNDARIES. Learn when to say NO
  • PACE each task, one day at a time
  • Identify matters you can LET GO of
  • Honor WHO YOU ARE

Self-care leads to…

…being a more loving mom and wife
…seeing life with a better disposition; clearer thoughts
…feeling “fairly treated”
…less risk of feeling “maxed out”
…being a mindful mom and living by our #mommanifesto
“When stress, tasks and life’s demands increase, so must be our mindful self-care.”
Mindful Mom Retreat
One of the many joys in my motherhood journey is exclusively breastfeeding my 10-month old baby.

Being mindful does not end in just attending one event about it. It is a continuous effort. It is a journey. To aid us in this journey, we brought home our mommy workbook so we can delve deeper into our being for more self-awareness. Being self-aware is “about understanding your own needs, desires, failings, habits, and everything else that makes you tick. The more you know about yourself, the better you are at adapting life changes that suit your needs.”

Essentially, the more you pay attention to your emotions and how you work, the better you’ll understand why you do the things you do. The more you know about your own habits, the easier it is to improve on those habits.
Thank you again to these mommies who organized this event! I’m looking forward to the next one!
Mindful Mom Retreat
With the trio of moms behind the Mindful Mom Re-Treat: Mommy Mundo’s Editor – Jing Lejano, Registered Psychologist and Counselor – Michele Alignay, and Mommy Mundo’s Founder – Janice Crisostomo Villanueva

Wonderful photos by my wonderful husband: BrianSahagun.com