Happy Sunday fellow Risen Warriors ✨🔥
Today I wanted to talk about mindfulness, what it is and how can we live a more mindful life. How do we practice it? To live more mindfully, we need to be fully present, that’s the simple way to sum it up. It actually takes a lot of focus and energy to be in the moment but like anything, with practice it becomes easier.
According to mindful.org, the definition of mindfulness is:
“Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Mindfulness is a quality that every human being already possesses, it’s not something you have to conjure up, you just have to learn how to access it.“mindful.org
Sometimes, when we are in the middle of a task or action, i.e. washing the dishes, mindlessly scrolling through social media, we are on auto pilot and not in that present moment – our thoughts are somewhere else constantly and this is considered a mindless action. Doing things to just pass the time we ignore our feelings & thoughts, whether this be subconsciously or consciously. The amount of time wasted while mindlessly doing things is actually quite phenomenal, maybe this is one reason why time goes by so fast?!
Being mindful allows you to focus on the present so the next time you’re taking a shower, or the next time you’re washing the dishes, be fully present in that task. Acknowledge every action from consciously putting the just washed dishes in the drainer to picking up a new dish to clean.
There are many practices that help us become more mindful, more grounded and much more in touch with ourselves. It can be anything from mediation to even setting yourself boundaries around your own actions and what you want to accomplish. Once you learn to become more mindful, you’ll see how your life and attitude changes quite quickly and for the better.
For me, I’m quite prone to scrolling endlessly and mindlessly on social media, thankfully I’ve made myself aware that this is happening and I’m now trying to put a stop to this as I feel like there is not enough time in the day for me to do my important tasks and relax afterwards. I’ve noticed that when I’m relaxing, I’m on social media and to be quite honest, I’m finding it quite tedious and boring.
Subconsciously, we find it hard to slow down and opening social media apps has become a habit, maybe an addiction. Social media is a distraction from our thoughts; we do it without thinking and I think we actually fear to be in our own thoughts. Let’s be honest, our thoughts can get a little crazy at times so it’s understandable. Accepting our thoughts which can range from worry to happiness to different feelings cropping up, these feelings and thoughts need to be acknowledged and accepted in order for us to be more mindful.
To be more focused, more fully present, more in tune with ourselves, there are great practices that can help us going toward this direction, these can be:
- Guided Meditation – it’s a great way to get fully present, allowing your thoughts to come in and out of your mind, focusing on your breath and to feel every sensation in your body during meditation. There are thousands of Youtube meditation videos ranging from just 5 minutes to over an hour.
- Taking a walk in nature (also counts as exercise) – the movements, the acknowledging of everything beautiful around you releases endorphins and reduces anxieties and depression. It also improves your well being and mental health.
- Practicing gratitude helps with being mindful as you’re giving yourself the opportunity to be grateful for everything that you have and are in life. You’re consciously showing gratitude which immediately benefits you mentally.
- Do some drawing or colouring in – again it’s about being in the moment, I have various colouring books that I like to take time out on a Sunday evening especially to center myself.
- Do one thing at a time. Being in a rush, doing more than one thing at time, squeezing it all in will take away your focus from each action. Slow it down, get the job done with 100% attention. As the saying goes, “Work smarter, not harder.” Set a timer for each task and give it your full attention.
- My favourite one, journal. It can be about anything, put all your thoughts into a book, decorate it, doodle it, whatever makes you happy. 😊
Benefits of practicing mindfulness:
- You become intune and centered with yourself.
- You’re more relaxed and happier.
- Reduced depression and anxieties, thus improving your mental wellbeing.
- Removing negative emotions.
- Relieve stress
- Being aware of your thoughts and feelings
- Becoming more emotionally intelligent.
- You won’t burn out.
There you have it! Have you set boundaries with yourself? What mindfulness practices work for you? I would love to know, comment below 🔥✨