When was the last time, you turned everything off and did absolutely nothing, for at least ten minutes? It’s not easy to keep your mind still, even if it is for only 10 minutes?
Why is it that we look after our body- by eating healthy and exercising, look after our appearance and hygiene- by showering, styling our hair and picking our outfits. But how often do we look after our mind?
Let's face it our mind is our most precious resource. It’s where your ideas, feelings and creativity come to life. That’s why you need to take time out of your day and practice mindfulness. Here are a few simple ways to achieve this.
When anxiety hits…
I’m pretty sure just like me, you all know the feeling of having a overwhelming feeling of anxiety whether it is work related, home related or family related. Most of the time you get yourself
worked up and anxious by thinking about the thing you’re feeling anxious about. Yet we all do it.
Practicing mindfulness can help you deal with that anxiety. It can bring more awareness of what’s around you and help you notice just how much you’ve been missing out on.
The only way to learn mindfulness is to practice it. As you practice mindfulness, you start to notice how much you’ve been missing out on. You will also realize that you aren’t as aware as you thought you were.
First thing in the morning...
As you take your morning shower, don’t let your mind race. Take this time to be mindful Don't worry about what your day may look like but instead focus on what you’re doing at that moment. Feel the warm water on your skin. Smell the soap, feel the silky foam and notice how good it feels against your skin. As the hot water hits your muscles- relax them and release that tension. It won’t be easy at first, because your mind is used to rushing all the time. As you practice this every day though, you’ll slowly start noticing yourself feeling more calm. There really is no other way to start your day.
One of the mottos I Iive by on a daily basis is that everything is meant to be. I try to think about every situation in a positive way. Practicing gratitude can not only help you become more mindful- it can completely change your perspective and outlook on life. You’ll start noticing positive things all around you. Take time to consider what you’re grateful for, that way you’re mindfully and actively searching for those things. Every night before you go to bed take a few minutes to write down 5 things you feel grateful for. Don’t just write them though; try to really feel that gratitude with all your heart. Do this for a week, two, three, until it becomes a daily habit.
Turn it off...
Give yourself the gift of silence, Turn off your TV, phone, put your laptop away and spend five minutes in complete stillness and silence. At first, this can feel very uncomfortable. and unnatural and then your mind might start to wander. Allow your thoughts to wander and pass through your mind. Try to practice taking that 3rd person perspective, you will be able to recognize those anxious thoughts and emotions, without the need to react or suffer from them. You’ll learn to detach yourself from those situations or emotions- therefore they won’t control you.
These all seem pretty simple so now you’re ready to start using these to practice mindfulness. The main goal here is to improve your life, reduce your suffering* and ease your anxious mind. This comes with practice, Chose to be a better version of yourself, don't judge, and let things pass.