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Mindfulness: What Is It And How Do You Do It?

Slowly but surely we as a people are literally killing ourselves. Our on the go lifestyle is stressing us out and makes us go through life wondering what the heck we did with our time. 

There is hope. The #MindfulnessMovement is growing steam with every inspirational quote and every head standing yogi. But what does it mean to be mindful? 

Mindfulness is taking the time to slow down and focus on one task at a time. Really appreciating and enjoying the moment and the time we are in right now.  

I know it’s easier said than done. How do we do this when we have so much already ready to do but remember that’s exactly what mindfulness is here to stop. That rush, rush, rush lifestyle and let you breathe. 

Start A Morning Or Nightly Ritual. 

It doesn’t have to be a long extensive process. However, you want to signal your brain in a stress-free way that the day is over or is about to begin. Something as little as a quick meditation in the morning and writing down a positive affirmation in a journal in the morning will change your entire mood. You could also take a bit longer in the shower at night and have a nice cup of tea in the evening while reading a good book is something small you can do that helps increase your mindfulness. 

Remembe To Breath In Stressful Situations

Life can be stressful and hectic, it’s life no one said it would be easy. However, when it gets stressful; remember that this moment will too pass. Breathing is known to help calm the mind and can help with stress. It’s ok to take time to breathe for 10 seconds, 5 seconds in through the nose and 5 seconds out through the mouth. It helps so much. 

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Learn How To Over Power Your Bad Thoughts & Reclaim Your Happiness

I have a really bad habit of replaying bad and negative events that have happened in my life. No matter if it’s from high school or last week my brain just loves to watch old movies.

Every time one of those thoughts come up I would wallow in it. I would let the same shameful and embarrassing feeling wash over me. I would try to think something positive but that didn’t work. My feelings were just too strong, and let’s be honest sometimes being positive just doesn’t work when the tears are about to fall.

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Instead, I decided to be a bit more, analytical about the situation and ask my self, what good is this thought serving you? Or what’s the reason behind this thought? Doing this not only put a stop to those thoughts but it made my mind think of something else.

I never have a good reason. Like I can’t say I want to think about this because I like feeling sad.

1. That doesn’t make sense 

2. If it makes you (me) think “why do you want to be sad?”

These questions make you hold up a mirror to that voice and makes it answer you, and sometimes that’s exactly what you need to do.