Something that I have learned over the past year and a half is mindfulness. I realize that when I say that word, it likely conjures images of yoga, and anything hippy but that’s just a stereotype. Mindfulness is simply being present in the moment and not allowing your mind to act like the noisy, unruly child that it is. Your mind will always try to take over your thoughts and have you worrying about anything and everything but mindfulness is gently telling your mind to be quiet and learning to breathe and think about the moment you are in right now.
♡ focus on your breathing: classic meditation trick. When you’re having anxiety you focus your thoughts on your breath going in and out and it should calm you down. Being mindful is about ignoring the noise around you, letting go of the past and not worrying about the future “what-ifs” it’s focusing on the present moment and an easy way to do that is by focusing on your breath.
♡ slow down and stop multi-tasking. Focus on doing each task and doing it well. Multi tasking can end up distracting and stressing you out so you don’t end up with anything done really well just a whole lot of things done poorly or not as well as they could be done.
♡ quiet your mind. Like I mentioned above; your mind is like a child that wants all of your attention on it and it aline. When it sees you shutting it out for any reason you’ll find your mind wandering to anything other than what you were trying to focus on. Being your mind gently back to the middle and re-focus your thoughts.
♡ just sit and do nothing. We live in a society that seems to think that if you’re not doing “something” then your lazy but taking 5 minutes to just sit quietly not really thinking about anything in particular gives your mind and emotions a break.
♡ practice being mindful during everyday, mundane tasks that you would usually do on autopilot. Showering, cleaning, the morning commute, ironing etc… Focus all your energy and awareness on the task at hand.
♡ use an affirmation prompt. Have an affirmation in front of you every day that you can glance at when you’re feeling under pressure or stressed. Something that will remind you to stop what you’re doing and take a couple of minutes to breathe and refocus your energies and your mind.