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Take five for mindfulness: Say no to burnout, and yes to balance!
For so many women, “work–life balance” is a myth. And when you’re already juggling a career, personal life, and family—plus your side projects, a smidgen of self-care, and the occasional need to sleep—“mindfulness” can sound like just another thing to do.
But if you take five minutes for mindfulness now and then, it may not only save your sanity—but also springboard your success. Let psychotherapist Shonda Moralis coach you through fifty “mindful breaks” ingeniously tied to your hectic schedule:
- Breathe mindful breaks promote calm and awareness through meditation, starting with “Coffee” (page 39)
- Empower mindful breaks bolster your self-confidence—say, to “Unmute Yourself” during a meeting (page 149)
- Achieve mindful breaks help you set and conquer goals . . . for example, by asking: “Why Not Me?” (page 240)
If you think you don’t have time for mindfulness, this book is definitely for you.
About the Author
Shonda Moralis, MSW, LCSW, is a women’s mindful empowerment coach and psychotherapist in private practice with over twenty years’ experience, specializing in stress-related disorders and women’s issues. Trained as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher in 2006, Shonda presents workshops and keynotes in numerous settings. Her award-winning first book, Breathe, Mama, Breathe: 5-Minute Mindfulness for Busy Moms, is a Parents magazine “Mom Must-Read.” She believes that when women feel strong, balanced, and empowered, they are capable of extraordinary accomplishments on the home front and out in the world at large. Shonda lives in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley with her husband and two kids, loves to play outside, and is perennially fascinated by what makes people tick.
A healthy salve of compassionate encouragement to help women step back from hectic, overloaded agendas. . . . Readers wanting to find simple ways to bring mindfulness into their lives will find this empathetic, enjoyable guide to be a beneficial tool.
— Publishers Weekly
Breathe, Empower, Achieve, reminded me of my dad’s advice: Steer into the skid. Shonda Moralis is amazing. She knows that balance doesn’t come from a magic eraser that leaves you ohming in some silent, gardenia-scented space; it comes from paying attention to the chaos and clutter, to what’s happening, to what matters. Plus, she lets you meditate while you’re drinking coffee, so there’s that, too.
— Catherine Newman, author of Waiting for Birdy and Catastrophic Happiness
This book is what we all need. Apply these practices and start being present in your busy life—and find joy.
— Lisa Druxman, founder of FIT4MOM
We all need that friend who believes in us and stands with us as we pursue our dreams. In Breathe, Empower, Achieve Shonda is that priceless friend. With powerful, yet gentle words she reminds us of the necessity of balance, helps us examine our dreams, and inspires us to breathe in the midst of life.
— Rachel Marie Martin, author of The Brave Art of Motherhood
Breathe, Empower, Achieve beautifully captures the importance of self-compassion for all women. Rather than adding one more thing to our to do lists, Moralis helps us cultivate a wise and powerful way of being as we move through each moment of our day.
— Shauna Shapiro, PhD, professor of counseling psychology and author of Good Morning, I Love You