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A healthy mindset is a great path to a healthy life. Not only does it improve your overall outlook and attitude, it also helps you focus more on being productive. When you have the right tools to focus on a more positive mindset, you provide yourself the right tools to focus on a more positive life. Being productive, using your time wisely, and spending more time choosing appropriate reactions can change your life.
Focus on Your Reaction
You cannot control every situation in your life. That’s a bummer for so many people, but you can control your reaction to the situations outside your control. This is not always easy. Sometimes you’re so mad you react without thinking first, and that’s something you cannot do. It’s more productive to practice reacting calmly, carefully, and rationally. You can change your mindset to react by focusing on taking deep breaths, by excusing yourself from a situation, or even by giving yourself an hour or two to calm down before you react. It changes the entire course of any situation.
Be Present in the Moment
It’s easy to sit down to enjoy your life and focus on anything but the moment. You’re with your kids at the end of the day thinking about how you need to make a shopping list, finish the laundry, and call your mom. Meanwhile, you’re really just missing quality time with the kids thinking about other moments in life. When you’re mindful enough to change your mindset to focus on the present, you allow yourself to find more of life’s simple pleasures. When you have simple pleasures, you have a better mindset to be productive later. Work on those other things when the kids are in bed. Spending just a few minutes with them can make a world of difference. They know you care about them even if they don’t say it. Single tasking will benefit all of you.
Don’t Forget You
Part of being mindful is learning to recognize when you need some space and grace for yourself. Are you short with people lately? Is your frown quicker to appear than your smile these days? Are you more prone to an attitude that’s negative than one that’s positive lately? Focus on you. When you’re mindful enough to see how your personality, attitude, and reactions are changing, you’re mindful enough to focus on things like yourself. You know it’s time for a mental break, a physical break, or even an emotional break when you’re mindful enough to realize your mindset is not where it needs to be. Regularly taking care of you can help to decrease those rough patches. It is not uncommon to neglect ourselves as moms because we are so busy taking care of everyone else except ourselves. Find regular time to fit me time into your schedule. You need it and you deserve it.
Focus is the key to mindfulness. You need to teach yourself how to focus on things like how you’re feeling, what you’re experiencing, and how you’re quick to react to situations. When you learn to do this, you learn a lot about yourself. This allows you to make improvements in your life, and it helps you learn to be more productive in every facet of living, loving, and existing.
Have you scheduled some time for you to take care of you?