We are known as the generation of busy, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. However being constantly busy can impact us negatively in our personal and professional lives. Going into 2018 I learnt that being busy isn’t necessarily a negative but you have to be mindful with the choices you make, in order to give yourself the quality of life. So I decided to give my attitude a fresh start in 2018, all with the help of mindfulness.
What is mindfulness?
It’s honestly such a simple concept, one that has become overlooked in today’s society. Mindfulness is merely a mental state of being aware of your actions in the moment. That can include anything from feeling thoughts and understanding how your body is also feeling in the present moment.
That’s incredibly important, in today’s society I feel we have an attitude that we’re always thinking about the next moment, where are we going next? What’s going to happen next? What’s the next meeting? So, we end up missing the present moment and accidently take it for granted. Surely that it is not the way to go forward!
I believe we can enjoy being busy (with a few relaxed days, of course) and also appreciate each moment. Mindfulness is just a concept that needs practice, as with anything. So here are three tips to help give you a fresh start in 2018 and allow yourself to be at your best. I’ve tried and tested these for myself and they help increase a mindfulness lifestyle.
Increase your awareness
This can be best done by practicing a hobby everyday, even if it’s just for 10 minutes. I like to make myself aware by going for a walk around my neighbourhood everyday, leaving all things digital at home.
This is extremely important for me as I’m usually sat down at my desk all day and that can really have a negative effect on you mentally and physically. I used to feel sluggish but but being able to walk around and really take in my surroundings is the perfect way up call to allow myself to feel focused again and enjoy my downtime in the evenings.
Take control of your mind
Now this can really feel like a brain exercise at times. Do you ever feel like you have a millions thoughts running around in your head, like literally your mind is talking too loud and talking over each and every thought, almost like a thought frenzy.
It can sometimes feel a little out of control. This can be most frustrating when in a meeting or even just trying to enjoy a coffee out with a friend. To overcome this, I’ve literally started to tell my brain to be quiet and simmer down. It works. It’s difficult to begin with but it really allows you to take back control and take back the moment. Practice this one and trust me you’ll soon find yourself aware.
Practice Mindful Breathing
Obviously, we are constantly breathing, but how aware are we of our breathing patterns? Focusing on your breathing for just five to ten minutes of the day can really help you be aware and concentrated of your surroundings. Find a quiet place that will allow you to focus. Concentrate on allowing yourself to produce a rhythmic sensation with your breathing. Allow yourself to fall into this state of mindfulness. Once you come out of this, you’ll see how much more aware and in the moment you are with your surroundings.
So there you have it, I hope mindfulness with give you a fresh perspective in 2018, both in work and leisure. Hopefully this three strategies are the perfect way for you to ease into a more mindful way of living. Go forth and enjoy every moment by utilizing mindfulness!