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In the last decade or so, our lives have become so mechanical that we hardly have any time for our families. Also, in the last two years, people are working from home which has led to even more erratic work hours and schedules. This has led to lesser interaction between parents and children, between partners and with all other family members.
Internet is a major distraction too. There are very few families who have a meal together without looking at their mobile phones at the table. There is a lot of disconnect within families. In order to have a good family relationship, it is very important for us to take the first step.
It is extremely important to be mindful and be able to detach yourself from the craziness of the outside world. Once you are mindful, you will be able to help your family be mindful too.
Here are a few tips of how you can get started and have a mindful family :
· Begin with yourself:
Begin your day with gratitude and do what you like to do the most, without touching your phone for one hour when you wake up. You can also spare sometime before bedtime or anytime during the day when you are alone. During that time, only think about yourself, feel your senses and each breath that you take. Accept your negative thoughts and let them go without any judgement. This will help you let go of all negative emotions and feelings.
· Spend gadget free time with your family:
Spend some time gadget free time with your family every day. Whether it is putting your kids to bed, reading them a bedtime story, sitting and talking to them, playing a board game. Take out sometime everyday where you just sit and talk to your children. This will make the children feel loved and they will have a security that you are there for them.
· Have one meal together as a family :
If you want your family to be mindful, start having one meal together as a family. This will give everyone in the family to interact and discuss about various things which will eventually help everyone in the family to let go of their inhibitions and negativities.
These are some simple but very important tips of how you can be close to your family.
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