How To Become More Mindful
Mindfulness has been a popular topic of discussion recently, especially because the knowledge of it seized to exist for many of us, myself included.
It was only when I started practising meditation that I became aware of the power of mindfulness. Similar to meditation it’s all about living in the present moment and being aware of your surroundings, feelings and actions.
Slowing your mind down and focusing on the present moment, ignoring thoughts from the past and of the future allows you to give more love and attention to the present you.
What Is Mindfulness?
The dictionary definition of mindfulness is 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.
In a world filled with the noise from technology it can be hard to separate ourselves and make all important ‘me-time’.
Tips on Becoming More Mindful
It’s important to be grateful for the smallest things in life that many of us take for granted. Fresh water, internet, food, a stable income. We become accustom to these things and after a while they become a normal part of our day, so why should we be grateful for them?
There are still so many people in the world living in poverty, they have to walk miles for water and don’t know when their next meal will be.
Imagine having that kind of worry, it’s a different worry to many of our daily woes. ‘Am I going to make this deadline at work?’ ‘I have to lose weight for the summer’ ‘I can’t afford to go on holiday’ all of these seem pretty petty when you think of others plight.
We are so lucky, and many of us take things for granted.
Gratitude is the simple act of expressing thanks for the things you have in your life, even if you’re having an awful day there are always things to be grateful for.
Practising gratitude makes you aware of what’s making you happy and helps you live more in the present moment.
Takeaway tip: Try writing down 10 things that you’re grateful for every night before bed. This can be anything from the Starbucks server spelling your name right to every traffic light being green on your commute.
The practise of meditation has been used for generations, it’s a springboard to finding inner peace and it really helps, I can vouch for that. Meditation has been shown to reduce signs of stress, what better reason to start?
Takeaway tip: You don’t have to have experience to start meditating, here are some helpful meditation tips for beginners on how to get started.
Becoming more aware of your surroundings is all part of the path to mindfulness. We do so much on autopilot these days it can be easy to get trapped in an unhealthy routine.
Engaging your senses can help you become more aware, taking a walk, smelling flowers or playing with a pet are great examples.
Takeaway tip: Get outside and go for a stroll in the nearest green area. If you love the beach like me go swimming (or maybe an indoor pool at winter!)
Go Easy On Yourself
Mindfulness is an open acceptance of everything. Don’t be too judgemental, it’s easy to critique yourself when you open up your thoughts and feelings, it’s important to acknowledge and understand them.
Over time you will notice an increased sense of peace in your life, after you learn to be aware and manage your thoughts and feelings in the present you are in full control of your happiness.
Takeaway tip: Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, try not to judge yourself and if you do accept your feelings and move on.
Time is a natural healer and along with practising mindfulness in time you will start to notice the amazing benefits of being more mindful in everyday life.
It won’t happen overnight, in time you’ll start to feel more present, positive and a new lust for life.
Go make yourself a cup of yummy matcha and take some time for yourself to reflect on what may be holding you back from living a life more mindful.
Takeaway tip: Make mindfulness a way of life not just a one time thing.
Are you currently/interested in practising mindfulness? If you’ve got any questions or advice you can share please comment below!