Are you a mindful person?
Or is your mind full?
There is quite a difference here.
Having your mind full can be overwhelming in all aspects of your life. In your relationships, in your eating habits, in your self-care, how you view yourself and even in the workplace. It’s hard to slow down, to concentrate and to be present in the moment.
Mindfulness is awareness.
It all begins with paying attention on purpose, to be fully aware of what is happening around and inside your body, and mind. You are not judging or criticizing in these moments, but being kind and curious as to what is going on.
You are aware of how certain foods may cause anxiety or make you feel sick.
You are aware of the types of environments that make you question your worth.
You are aware of the people that believe in you and want to see you succeed, as well as those that do not.
You are aware of your thoughts, whether they are good or not so good.
So, how can you become more mindful?
Create a morning routine
I know…easier said than done. But setting the ‘tone’ for the day is one of the best things you can do to create a more mindful, peaceful, morning. When you wake up- don’t reach for your phone to check social media or your emails, or even put on the tv. Instead, spend the first moment of your day (whether that’s 5 or 30 minutes) by having your water or cup of coffee and sit down to journal or reflect on what the day has ahead (or go for a walk).
Transition mindfulness to your everyday activities
Are you on autopilot when you brush your teeth, eat, or even take a shower? Bringing awareness to these daily activities can not only help relax your mind, but even open up the experience. Mindful eating, for example, can help you focus on your internal hunger and fullness cues to overcome overeating, food fears, and so much more.
Waiting in line for your coffee? Stuck in traffic? Waiting at your kids school pickup line? These can all be perfect opportunities to work on your breathing. Take a deep breath through your nose (as your stomach-not your chest- fills with air) and then breath out through your mouth (as all of the air releases through your stomach). Focus on how your body shifts with each breath, and try to release any tense areas (shoulders down, unclench your jaw).
Mindfulness is for everyone, but not everyone chooses to do it.
Practicing mindfulness is backed by research showing it’s improvements in perception, behavior, and thoughts. It has been especially shown to help with eating disorders, addiction behaviors, and mood disorders. But, despite the increase in research, there are still people that do not practice it and see it as time-consuming. But is it truly? Your days, at work-home-out, can all change in a matter of 10 seconds if you spent time on your breath. Isn’t that worth it?
If there’s one thing I hope you practice on today, I hope it’s to become more mindful of your behaviors, thoughts, and actions.
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