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3 Meditations to Banish Back-to-School Parenting Stress

Amidst the chaos, it's imperative to take care of you.

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This back to school season is like no other. With some families still juggling at-home learning and others concerned about how the Delta variant will affect kids, parents are stressed and tired. We’re here to help. Outside+ members get access to the full text of all of Yoga Journal‘s parenting content—including meditations like the ones below—to help you find calm amid the chaos.  They also get access to our complete archive, from inspirational stories to sequences by best-in-class teachers. Not a member? There’s never been a better time to sign up.

Find Flow Amid the Ups and Downs of Parenting

mom with sick daughter

Are you looking for ways to be more fluid in the way you respond to situations and others? Having a go-with-the-flow attitude can help you when nothing is going to plan. Whether a sick kid has changed your work plans for the day or a bigger problem shakes your otherwise cool and calm mom demeanor, taking 5 minutes to meditate on the flow of your breath and your mind can help you face the challenge head-on. Practice now.

A Meditation for Those “Give Me Strength!” Mom Moments

mom meditating amid chaos

All moms all been there—mentally juggling our own tasks and demands with those of our kids’. When it all feels like too much, that’s a good sign that you need to take a few moments, just for you.

Find a quiet room (or lock yourself in the bathroom; no judgement!) and practice this 5-minute meditation that will help you find you center. By the end you’ll feel more grounded, more centered, and ready to tackle motherhood’s challenges with ease. Practice now.

Take a Deep Breath, Mama. You Deserve a Rest

mom resting with a cup of tea in front of a windowBeing a mom is a 24/7 job. Even if your child is past the age where they need constant attention, it’s likely your mom mind never turns off. But getting rest is critical. Without it, you can’t show up as the best version of yourself for your kids, or yourself. Take 5-minutes to call on Shiva, who can help you learn to slow down and rest. Practice now.

See also: A Mindful Parenting Practice to Help You Be Present—And Enjoy the Daily Moments of Motherhood