DON'T FORGET TO BREATHE
Real-world mindfulness to help stressed-out women turn any day around in just 5 minutes!
It’s a familiar feeling for so many women: Life is one big to-do list. And whatever’s on there—kids, career, personal life, or just staying afloat—didn’t get any easier in the pandemic. With stress and anxiety at peak levels of ack!, psychotherapist Shonda Moralis steps in to offer relief. Don’t Forget to Breathe marries “been there, I hear you” advice with 60 ingenious evidence-based “mindful breaks” women can use to re-center without missing a beat: while getting dressed, waiting at the checkout, or reaching for the phone. Shonda sees mindfulness not as tuning out but tuning in—and it’s there for you whenever you need it! Her short meditations are designed to help:
Breathe to promote calm and awareness with meditation.
Be yourself and build confidence.
Reach for success by setting—and conquering—realistic goals.
Don’t Forget to Breathe is a timely reminder of that big, overlooked to-do: Take care of yourself! Don’t Forget to Breathe is my proven framework to help high-achieving women create life balance without burning out in the process.
BREATHE, MAMA, BREATHE
Called a "Mom Must-Read" by Parents Magazine, Breathe, Mama, Breathe: 5-Minute Mindfulness for Busy Moms is an easy-to-read combination of short meditations, mindful breaks, and relatable stories from my life as a mom to two kids, ten years apart.
As a devoted mindfulness meditator and teacher, psychotherapist, and experienced mom, I was caught unawares when the birth of my second child, a decade after the first, left me feeling slightly unhinged. Opposed to throwing the baby out with the mindfulness bath water, it was clearly time to craft a new normal—one that easily incorporated five-minute mindfulness practices into a demanding, full schedule.
Drawing upon the scientific research of Positive Psychology (the science of happiness and thriving) and mindfulness, as well as years of psychotherapy experience treating overwhelmed, stressed-out moms, Breathe, Mama, Breathe: 5-Minute Mindfulness for Busy Moms is my answer to the enduring question posed by busy moms everywhere: How do I balance it all without losing my mind(fulness)?
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“Breathe, Mama, Breathe is a breath of fresh air for stressed-out moms. At once practical and creative, author Shonda Moralis offers easy-to-use mindfulness tools and strategies for real-life moms needing peace, calm, and centering—along with a dash of compassion and humor that comes from her own experiences as both a mom and a long-time mindfulness expert. This is an excellent and much needed book!”
— Donald Altman, author of Clearing Emotional Clutter, One-Minute Mindfulness, and The Mindfulness Toolbox
“Packed full of practical, totally doable mindfulness practices that can fit seamlessly into anyone’s daily routine, Breathe, Mama, Breathe offers effective ways to become more present and mindful — sending all of your excuses right out the window. This is not just a helpful resource; beautifully readable and wise, it’s essential reading for every mom (and dad!) trying to navigate parenting — and daily life — in a mindful way.”
— Kira Willey, award-winning songwriter & kids yoga expert, creator of Rockin' Yoga school programs, and author of Back Seat Yoga
“Breathe, Mama, Breathe is filled with wise, helpful, and perhaps most importantly, totally doable practices for busy mothers. I’m so grateful Shonda wrote this gem of a book!”
— Carla Naumburg, PhD, author of Ready, Set, Breathe: Practicing Mindfulness with Your Children for Fewer Meltdowns and a More Peaceful Family
“With more than 60 mindful breaks that help moms tune into their own well-being, you will also learn the benefits of meditation and how to quickly and easily master it. Take five and reset.”
— Washington Parent
“Breathe, Mama Breathe is a fun, practical guide to paying attention. Shonda Moralis shows us that mindfulness isn’t about finding more time in the day — it’s about savoring the moments we have.”
— Leigh Ann Henion, New York Times-bestselling author of Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurer's Search for Wonder in the Natural World
“Through honest, relatable, and often hilarious stories from her real life as a parent and professional, Shonda Moralis helps busy mamas everywhere understand the physical, emotional, and social benefits of consistent mindfulness practice. With dozens of practical, realistic ways to incorporate mindfulness into even the busiest of schedules, this is a book I will use over and over again!”
— Signe Whitson, LSW, Author of 8 Keys to End Bullying: Strategies for Parents and Schools and How to Be Angry: An Assertive Anger Expression Group Guide for Kids & Teens
“Moralis’s suggestions strike an effective and empowering note.”
— Publisher's Weekly