Your mind is a muscle, just like you have all over your body. The more exercises we can do, for the positive, the stronger and more positive your mind will become for you – and become helpful, not a hindrance.
Always ask yourself why. Becoming aware of a thought or emotion is the first step to allowing you to become more mindful of it. Asking yourself why you have that thought or feeling, where has it come from, when did it start?
This self-questioning will begin the process of reflecting on where and why you are even having that thought in the first place. Every thought and emotion you have is in response to something and sometimes you just have to work a little harder to find out why.
Don’t just accept the thought as being present and own it, find out the reason behind it first and THEN you can make the decision to either let it go, if it does not serve you positively or acknowledge it and work towards making a change.
When your body becomes active, your mind has to join the party! So when anxious or negative thoughts surface for you, take some time to change your physical state.
Whether that be; making a cup of tea, walking up your stairs at home, cooking dinner, making the bed – do something.
Not only does this allow your mind to focus on something other than your negative thoughts, but it also reminds you of purpose, and how you can be purposeful and productive, but in the smallest of ways. Again, becoming mindful of your actions, your decisions and what your body is choosing to do.
Start every action with something small, any small action creates a new thought, and new focus, a new task. These will and can then grow into bigger actions, like going for a run, but just start where you feel comfortable.
Recognise patterns. Once you become more aware of your thoughts and emotions you will be able to find patterns of times when these may surface more than others.
This is a great mindful technique and very simple to put into practice yourself.
Take note in a journal of the reasons you come up with for tip 1 and when you feel them reoccurring, go back to your journal.
Ask yourself; are your in situations frequently that don’t serve you positively? Can you change this? How?
Allow yourself to make connections to; people, places, circumstances, words and decide whether they are positive for you or create negativity. You will then be able to create healthy mental boundaries that can protect your thoughts and emotions, if you find yourself in these situations again. Becoming more mindful, allows you to also start making better choices and decisions for yourself and your happiness – allow your journal to do this for you.
Nature. I know how much people talk about nature BUT it can be an amazing way to practice mindfulness and here’s how;
Go into a place of nature, your back garden if you need to. Sit and just watch. Watch the leaves move. The trees sway. The birds fly in and out. The colours change. The clouds move. The sun move. The shadows change. Focus your mind on all of these things and allow yourself to be fully present in the nature around you. Take the time to allow your eyes to truly see what is all around you.
This is a way to become mindful in the present moment and become submersed within nature.
When you want to become more mindful in your everyday – breath is beyond powerful!
Put your hand on your chest and just feel it rise and fall. Then allow yourself to listen to your breath; is it fast or slow? Shallow deep? Long or short? Often or infrequent? Consistent or changing?
Focus on your breath, how it changes and how it moves within you.
Becoming more mindful can be simple, quick and easy and this is something you can then enhance and develop as you continue. It should feel difficult or overwhelming, which is why these tips are there for you to take into your everyday life and start using right now!
I’d love for you to let me know how you get on and how it makes you feel.