It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed with the day-to-day minutia. I constantly have a to do list going on in my mind, am brainstorming for blog posts, or trying to remember what I was supposed to do. I might have missed an exit or two while driving (I’m not proud of it!) Suffice it to say, I need to focus on being present and in the moment. I need to get out of my head and enjoy the now. It’s beneficial to relax, to stop and smell the roses if you will. I talked about the benefits of being alone but what is the point of being alone if you don’t take the time to appreciate it?
I have been reading a lot about the benefits of practicing mindfulness. Mindfulness is basically just that, being mindful of your surroundings, enjoying the moment, and being 100% present. That’s exactly what I need to do! Yep, life is chaotic, and it’s up to us to carve out time to acknowledge the chaos, and then embrace the present moment. (Yes, this includes putting those cell phones away.)
When I was listening to Dan Harris talk about his book 10% Happier, it made complete sense; you need to tame the voice in your head to reduce stress. Your brain needs a break just like any other muscle. And the more you do it the easier it gets! There is actually science behind what makes mindfulness beneficial to our health, psyches, and overall quality of life.
This may mean different things to different people. It may mean taking a bath surrounded by candles and listening to music (check out my Relaxing post here) or it might mean sitting in a dark quiet room burning incense, either way just take a few minutes each day to take a deep breath and be present. Anything that is on your mind write it down, get it out there, but then wherever you are whatever you are doing, just stop, take a deep breath and appreciate this moment. This moment that is happening to you right now will never happen again, and you don’t want to miss it. So, don’t think about the past and don’t worry about the future, enjoy the NOW. Sounds blissful doesn’t it?
Do you have any tips on how to practice mindfulness? How do you decompress?? Comment below!