Being present is a gift!
What’s seemingly hard to master but offers an easier way of living? Mindfulness. You know, the ability to be fully present and engaged with whatever is happening in the moment. A state free of judgment and distraction - where you are aware of your feelings and thoughts, but don’t get caught up in them. That old chestnut.
Oh yeah, it’s pretty powerful stuff. Being mindful is the kind of superpower that helps you maintain a healthier headspace and make healthier actions irl. You’re more likely to approach challenging situations in a better way, become calmer, more productive - everything that ticks the mental wellbeing boxes.
Now, we say it’s ‘seemingly hard to master’ because while it does sound almost unachievable, that’s just not the case! Will it take a bit of time and effort? Sure. But everyone has the ability to practice mindfulness. And we’re going to teach you how.
Meditate your way to mindfulness
Meditation is not only a great way to give yourself 10 minutes of peace, but a practice that changes mindset, perspective, and even the shape of our brains!
Give it a go and, in time, notice how much easier it is to feel present. And how much lower your stress and anxiety levels feel.
Journal, journal, journal!
Another wonderful way to privately work towards mindfulness is journaling. Doing so lets you reflect on your thoughts and feelings to better understand yourself, in turn, giving you the tools you need to have more control over how you handle situations.
Don’t feel like you have to wait till the end of the day to put pen to paper, either. If you’re feeling a bit detached from the present moment, pull out your journal and even jot down dot points of your mood or feelings. Acknowledge what’s going through your mind and do whatever is the best thing to get you back on track.
Do one thing at a time
Doing too much at once is an easy way to get scattered and distracted, and certainly not feeling present.
Instead of feeling like you have to multi-task, let yourself do one thing at a time. Everything will still get done, and you’ll be feeling so much better for approaching life this way.
Go for a walk
When technology and the noise in our minds becomes overwhelming, step away… and keep on stepping.
Going for a walk out in nature gives us a chance to get back to ourselves. Especially if you try to not think too much and focus on your surroundings. Get out of your head and into this beautiful world!
5, 4, 3, 2, 1
This is such a gorgeous grounding technique you can do anywhere! Acknowledge 5 things you see around you, 4 things you can touch, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell, 1 thing you can taste. When you’re done, notice how much overwhelm you’ve just knocked back. You did that!!
There are many ways to practice mindfulness, but these are our absolute favourites! We hope they also help you on your road to a healthier headspace.
P.S. If you need a new journal, we’ve got you — check out these adorable options!