"Mindfulness is simply beginning to enjoy each moment as you experience it" we can make simple changes to our daily routine or the way we think that can have a positive impact on our overall well being. For example:
GIVING YOURSELF THE PERMISION TO REST -Be aware that everything changes, including you, you are never the same every day, this is true of your experiences too. If you find yourself pulled in every direction, recognise the feelings, notice your thoughts, become aware of how you are reacting. STOP, breathe into yourself, create space, pause and give yourself a BREAK!
TAKE A BREAK Do you ever feel as if you can’t concentrate, thoughts whizzing through your mind? Stop and take a break, whether its 5 deep breaths with your eyes closed, a 10-minute walk or making a mindful cup of tea. Focusing solely on the moment, sensations and experiences that you are having will create space in your body and mind and a pause in your day. After you’ll feel calmer and more prepared to take on the task in hand. - if you require a break when at work speak with your line manager about this.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING RIGHT NOW -Don’t make yourself fill up every moment of your time with “something to do”. When we fill up our every waking moment with endless mental to-do lists we don’t give ourselves any time, this can create feelings of stress and anxiety. It’s important to take some time to simply just be and breathe. Then review your to-do list, chances are you’ll realise not all of it needs to be done right now.
SPEAK KINDLY TO YOURSELF, YOU’RE ALWAYS LISTENING- We all indulge in negative self-talk but have you ever really paid attention to how you talk to yourself? I don’t mean out loud but the thoughts inside your head? Is this conversation making you feel better about yourself or worse? A good measure is to consider… would you speak to a friend out loud the same way? If the answer is no, be aware, take a moment to breathe and focus on speaking kindly to yourself as if you are the most important person in your life (because you should be!
CULTIVATE A GRATITUDE MINDSET When you wake in the morning, or the last thing before you go to bed, write down 3 things that you are grateful for in your life, this could be as simple as, you ate your favourite meal tonight, or you had a great laugh with your friend or loved ones. When we cultivate a gratitude practise daily it will become a habit, once this becomes a habit it also becomes a natural state of being and a reminder of how you can change your mindset, breathe and consider what you are grateful for today.
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