How To Achieve Mindfulness
Since the beginning of the global health crisis, we’ve heard a lot about the importance of self care and mindfulness to help us deal with such a stressful time. If you’ve never come across mindfulness before, it’s said to be the ability to be fully present in the moment. Whilst being fully engaged with whatever we happen to be doing in the very moment, free from distractions and limiting our mind on concentrating on worries and stress.
There are a few phone apps which you can download, which will help you achieve mindfulness like Headspace and Calm, both of which you’ve probably seen multiple times on social media in sponsored advert campaigns. If using an app isn’t your thing, you can do it alone and still have great results.
Notice The Everyday – “Even as we go about our daily lives, we can notice the sensations of things, the food we eat, the air moving past the body as we walk,” says Professor Williams. “All this may sound very small, but it has huge power to interrupt the ‘autopilot’ mode we often engage day to day, and to give us new perspectives on life.”
Learn To Mediate – When it comes to mindfulness meditation, it enables you to concentrate on the flow of your inner thoughts, bodily sensations and emotions without judging them as being good or bad.
Mindfulness Journal – Journaling has become massively popular in recent years, and quite a few retailers off specific mindfulness journals or planners such as Paperchase. Some find the ritual of using a journal as being helpful in the mindfulness process, and get great results from recording their highs and lows.
Watch Your Thoughts – It’s important to be mindful about the nature of your thoughts. It’s natural for negative thoughts to creep in, but Professor Williams says “mindfulness isn’t about making these thoughts go away, but rather about seeing them as mental events.”. Be gentle with yourself, and distract yourself with yoga or a long walk to try and overcome any negative thoughts.
Take Each Day At A Time – When life’s busy, it can be hard to focus on the here and now, as we’re always busy thinking about things we need to do tomorrow, next week or next month. Just take each day as a 24-hour period, and by doing this, it helps to not make you feel overwhelmed with what you need to do.
I hope you found these tips to help you achieve mindfulness helpful.