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Hello Friends! In my previous post, I mentioned how important it was to take a “Mental Health Day”. To follow up on that, I wanted to go into details on things you can do on those days.
After I started to add mental health days in my routine, the practice of mindful living was the next step. Practicing mindfulness has allowed me to appreciate the life I live no matter how mundane it may seem.
There are of course no rules to this but only recommendations of simple ways to incorporate mindfulness in your everyday routine.
How to practice mindfulness
1.Don’t check your phone
The first thing we tend to do when we wake up is check our phones. In order to be more mindful of your surroundings, it’s important to not be so plugged in with technology that you’re not in tune with what’s around you. So when you wake up, try to spend 5-10 minutes to gather your thoughts and meditate. This can be done everyday but on your mental health days, set your phone aside and focus on living.
2. Get creative
One of the best ways to practice mindfulness is by being creative with your hands. I personally like to pull out my art journal and sketch. But there are so many other ways to be creative! Art therapy has many benefits on brain health. You can read more about it here.
3. Nature Walks
My favorite past time are nature walks. Walking gives you time to think and be more aware of your surroundings. Early mornings are the best times for a walk because the streets are empty and after your walk, you can grab a cup of coffee or pastries at a local shop to celebrate!
Learning to be thankful is an important part of not just being mindful but life in general. You can practice being thankful by journaling and jotting down what you’re thankful for. I have also started a journaling series called “Rainy days and Coffee Talk” where you can answer questions along with me and reflect on your week. This series will be published every Friday if you want to stay updated!
5. Safe space
Find a safe space in your home or at the park. A safe space should be somewhere you go to clear your mind. Somewhere that’s uncluttered and gives you room to breathe. My safe space is the balcony as I’m surrounded by plants and the air is open. It is my happy place which helps me let go of anxious thoughts.
6. Letting go of control
One thing I struggle with the most is learning to let go of control. Whether that’s trying to control the outcome of a situation or over planning, control can become a hindrance in being mindful.
Being too controlling of how things turn out just leads to more anxiety and stress specially if something unexpected happens. By learning to let things flow, you let go of unnecessary expectations of how things should be.
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