How being mindful will change your life - Choose to be Mindful
January 22, 2017 • Choose ToDo
With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it has become more and more difficult to slow down and relax. We are constantly overstimulated and distracted by social media updates and the strong need to always be connected. It is no wonder that stress levels in all age groups are on the rise. To combat these stressors, we can choose to be more mindful of our surroundings and alter aspects of our lives to live more blissfully.
Why is it so important to be mindful? Well, if the feeling of overall contentment and happiness isn’t enough of an incentive to set time aside for this practice, here are a few more points advocating the benefits of being mindful:
1. A balanced lifestyle – Waking up fresh and calm, going about your day happily, and ending the day with a sense of achievement. When you are aware of your goals and environment, planning your days becomes easier and you can get “into the flow” more naturally.
2. Battle stress and anxiety – Self-awareness is very important in identifying what makes you “tick”. Knowing the specific triggers that will spiral you into a ball of stress or an anxiety-ridden wreck is a really effective way to avoid stress.
3. Sense of gratitude and appreciation – Having the ability to focus on all of the positives in your life will bring about more happiness. When you are happy, you will feel gratitude and appreciation, thus creating even more positivity – a perfect cycle!
Now, how can you be more mindful? For some people, their thoughts get the better of them and in no time they are the ones running the show. You must de-clutter your thoughts, don’t overthink! Accept things for what they are, and when you feel anxiety or stress creeping up just take a moment and BREATHE. Being mindful of your breath will instantly calm you down.
Keeping a daily mantra (quote) log is another great way to reflect and be mindful. Writing things down give power to the words as well as serving as a visual reminder to live your life based on the quotes that inspire you. It’s also a great way to set your goals.
There is also meditation, which is the practice of being more mindful. It doesn’t have to take long, just start off with 5-10 minute sittings and gradually increase the time. But the key is to stay consistent with the practice, so make a meditation schedule in your planner to help keep you on track.
It’s time to take back control of your mind and life. Remember, the choice is yours!