I feel like this mindfulness post has been a long time in the making. A few weeks ago I was really struggling with my anxiety and depression. Thankfully I am feeling a heap better now but it has taken a while to get my motivation to write back.
So I thought it was only fitting to start again with an anxiety tip post. I have received so many kind messages from you guys, saying you find these posts really helpful. I am so glad these posts are useful, I find writing them useful! They help keep me in check, it’s so easy to slip into old habits particularly when you aren’t feeling the best.
Mindfulness is a good way to take a step back and re evaluate the situation. The word MINDFULNESS is popping up left right and centre these days so I thought I would explain what it is and how you can use it to help on a daily basis!
Mindfulness is the idea of actively being aware and channeling (for want of a better word) your thoughts and surroundings. It is a tool to help you take an emotional step back from the storm that can be brewing in your head.
Mindfulness is purposely living in the moment. Really, living, in the moment. Using your senses to be aware of yourself and your surroundings. Focusing on what you can feel, smell, touch, see, taste even imagine. It is really living in the moment.
For me right now, I can smell freshly popped popcorn. I feel the sun stream through the window over my legs. I can hear the humming of the laptop and tapping of my key board. I see the words flicker across the screen as I focus on what I am writing rather than some distant thought or worry.
Normally when I am practicing mindfulness I’m not doing something that takes this much focus. Often I just sit and concentrate on the five senses. I keep my breathing steady and controlled. When I feel I’m relaxed enough I let my mind create a peaceful scene. For me this is a large garden, it is sunny and I am surrounded by trees and flowers. I picture the path I walk down, I pick a flower and imagine the smell.
At the end of the path is a small lake, I wade through the water. Really imagining what it feels like as my feet and calves drag through the cool water. I spend about 5 minutes in this place, letting my mind relax. It doesn’t have to be a garden. I could be a beach, a river or even a favourite memory.
After I come back from the garden I feel refreshed and able to look at things more clearly. This is when I like to take a half hour or so for some ‘me time’ I like to read a book or lately I have been colouring. Colouring is a great way relax and tap in to your creative side. This is Colouring for Mindfulness book can be found here.
Mindfulness is more than just relaxing. It’s about allowing yourself time to switch off. Recognising that life can be hectic and we can’t control everything that happens. But we can set aside time to accept the things that have happened, reflect on our actions and try to be our best self.
This seems like a lot to smoosh into one blog post so if you would like to know more let me know in the comments!
Thank you all so much for your support!
Alisha Barbara xx