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Stress is not always a bad thing, but too much of it can be. Stress, when used wisely, can be productive. It can help motivate you and make you better, but it can also tear down your mind, your body, and your spirit. It’s why practicing mindfulness is so important in life. When you’re more mindful, you’re able to reduce some of your stress and focus on a more positive lifestyle. These tips help you increase mindfulness and reduce stress for more peace.
Keep a Gratitude Journal
It’s so easy to get caught up in the little things in life that make you feel down, out, and unhappy. One little thing goes wrong and suddenly the rest of the day is off. You feel as if nothing is going your way, the world is out to get you, and things just don’t work out for you. By writing something every day you’re thankful, grateful, and happy for, you’re able to focus on the positives in your life. You are forcing yourself to focus on good things rather than bad things, and it changes your mindset. Try writing three items. They can be simple. Sometimes we forget to be grateful for those simple things.
Taking care of your mind is a good thing, and it all starts with taking care of your body. Exercise. Eat right. Take care of yourself. When you practice mindfulness at meal time, working out, and while you are home, you’re able to focus on what your body needs. Sometimes you’re tired and you’re feeling lazy, and all you want to do is lie down and be lazy. Go for a walk instead. It’s going to clear your mind and help you focus on feeling good. Make a list of ways to take good care of you so you can see them at a glance. Pick something often to do. Eating well and staying active each day can go a long way to practicing self care.
It sounds intimidating to people who don’t do it, but it’s good for you. You needn’t sit on the floor in a yoga-like position and hum to meditate. Sit in your favorite chair. Lie in bed. Just focus on closing your eyes, clearing your mind, and breathing deep breaths. This is meditation, and it’s a wonderful way to practice mindfulness and release stress. It sharpens your mind, provides you with clarity, and helps improve your life. It can be for 2-5 minutes, longer if you are able and want to. Sometimes those 2 minutes feel like an eternity, but the more you allow your mind to take a break, the longer you will be able to focus on clearing your mind.
Mindfulness won’t change your life until you practice it every day. It takes a few days to make it a habit and once you do, you’ll find you won’t want to stop practicing mindfulness. It’s time for you to focus on yourself, your health, and your own reality. These tips can help you change the way you look at life so you’re more aware of your feelings and thoughts. This helps you reduce your stress levels and your reaction, and it helps you feel better about life. Find some time each day to add just a few minutes of mindfulness. Start slow so you don’t sabotage yourself.
When will you put mindfulness in your day? What will you try first?