If you’re like me, you’ve been hearing more and more about mindfulness lately. It’s a pretty simple subject to understand, but challenging to practice at first.
Why is mindfulness growing in popularity so much lately?
Well, it could be because people are more open to learning and trying new things and ways of living.
I think another huge reason is that we all seem to be so stressed out, over-worked, and occupied 24/7.
Mindfulness challenges our lifestyles and helps us look at the big picture.
The definition of mindfulness is as follows:
a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
I like to look at it as a form of meditation – mindfulness meditation.
My favorite way to practice mindfulness is when I’m laying in bed at night reading. After I put my book down, I try to send positive thoughts and an attitude of gratitude to my mind. It may sound a bit silly to those who haven’t tried it, but mindset is everything.
The benefits of mindfulness seem instant.
Mental Clarity. Gratitude. Appreciation. Emotional Intelligence. Improved Concentration. Stress Relief. Improved Sleep.
The list could go on…
You really can’t have self care without practicing being mindful.
Some things I try to be mindful about include:
The people and accounts I follow on social media.
If I am constantly seeing posts that bring me down or aren’t adding positivity into my life, it’s time to unfollow.
In addition, make sure you’re following accounts that add value to your life and make you feel good.
What I actually want to do vs. what I feel like I have to do
We all have obligations and things we have to do daily that we don’t necessarily enjoy; however, do you ever catch yourself doing things on auto-pilot that you actually don’t have to do and don’t want to be doing in the first place?
Try thinking about what you’re doing on a daily basis and make a list of what you have to do, what adds value and happiness to your day, and what you’re doing that detracts from your day.
For me, I sometimes end up cramming way too much into my weekends, and it backfires on Monday when I’m A) exhausted and already burnt out and B) unprepared for a productive week. I have to be mindful about overextending myself, especially as an introvert.
Maybe this is the opposite for you – perhaps you’re doing too many productive things on your days off and not prioritizing your relationships and time with loved ones.
Taking an overall inventory of your daily activities as I mentioned can really help set you up for success and be a great mindfulness practice.
We all know nourishing our bodies is the key to a long, healthy life. Finding a way to balance less nutritious, but super fun foods (hello bagels, pizza, and cinnamon rolls) and foods that fuel us and give us tons of micronutrients is a huge win.
I have found that eating wholesome foods with great ingredients is what makes me feel my best. After I eat a less nutritious meal, I almost always have a stomach ache and feel tired and sluggish. This happens to most of us. That doesn’t mean you should avoid your favorite foods.
Find a way to practice mindfulness when it comes to your nutrition. Make sure you are
Getting in some exercise – even for just a few minutes each day – is a game changer. Taking walks in particular is a great time to practice mindfulness and gratitude.
Free Mindfulness Tracker
If you’d like to practice mindfulness and don’t know where to start, you can download my free Mindfulness Tracker here!
Simply choose a few mindfulness practices you’d like to work on this week. Write them in and fill in the circles when you feel you’ve done them that day!
Have a wonderful week friends & let me know how practicing mindfulness goes for you by leaving a comment!