Ok, we all live busy lives, and our minds are always bombarded with a million and one things. Life is very demanding. As you give yourself to everything and everyone, you might find yourself running on empty. Trust me, I know that feeling too well. That’s how I found my peace with mindfulness. Mindfulness is not just about meditation. In actuality, it is about being present in the now. Being present in the now is the only way to enjoy life fully. Here are a few ideas on how you can add mindfulness to your life:
- Be in the now: Being in the now is the concept of being consciously aware of what is going on in the present. Pay attention to the small things and surroundings you’re currently in. Even something as simple as just focusing on your breathing allows you to slow down and be in the moment to offer you an opportunity to acknowledge your surroundings.
- Go unplugged: Unplugging yourself from electronics is another way to help you be in the now. Consistently, being connected to your electronics promotes anxiety and even depression. The anticipation of waiting for that next email or expecting a response to your latest social media post increases stress. I know going unplugged maybe hard at first, because perhaps you are scared that you will miss that urgent call, but that’s what your answering machine is for. Allow yourself a window of time when people can reach you by phone, social media, email, etc. but unplug after 7 p.m (or anytime fitting to you) to give yourself some me time.
- Regularly meditate: As a sufferer of anxieties, I found that meditation has helped improved my quality of life tremendously. The best thing about it is that it does not take long and it’s not difficult. All it takes is 10 minutes a day in a quiet space. With practice, you can add 5 minutes every week. By practicing meditation regularly, you can see tremendous benefits in energy, happiness, inspiration and inner peace.
- Do not multitask: As millennials, we are the generation of multitaskers. However, multitasking is not such a great skill to have. A study conducted by Stanford University found that multitasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time. I know with myself, I get better results when I focus on tasks one at a time instead of multitasking. My best tip for tackling your goals is to create a daily to-do list. By completing tasks one by one on your list, you will feel less overwhelmed and more accomplished. You will also be able to focus clearly on the task at hand and give yourself breathing time in between. Whenever you are doing something, keep your mind on that task that you’re currently performing.
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