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4 Ways to Bring Mindfulness Back into Your Life

mind·ful·ness
ˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs/
noun

1. the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
2. a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

It’s easy to shift into autopilot. Deadlines approaching, to-do list piling up, we’ve all been there. Here are 4 ways to bring your attention back to the present, stay grounded and lower your stress.

1. Set and remind yourself of your intentions. Think big. What makes you genuinely happy? Making others laugh, learning a new subject, connecting with new friends? Whatever your working towards, make sure to give yourself a gentle reminder at the start of each day, and act accordingly. Make time to do at least one thing that is working towards your true intentions. Reach out to an old friend, download a new podcast, or get started on that community project you’ve been thinking about.

 

2. Listen to your body. Start with the physical: do a full body scan, notice any areas of tension, discomfort, or maybe even new areas of relief. Take the time to adjust. If you’re feeling tension in your back from sitting at your computer all day, adjust the situation. Make an effort to get up and walk around more, sttttrrreeeetcccchhh. Seriously, it helps. Next, take mental note of where you’re at. If you’re constantly waking up unhappy, make a change. Nothing is stoping you but yourself.

 

3. Prioritize. Reassess your needs and wants. Are all your needs filled? What you need goes beyond basic food/water/shelter. What do you need TODAY? Clarity, motivation, to smile? That new car you’ve had your eye on? Maybe not so much. The choice is yours, choose wisely.

 

4. Finally, exhale. You only have control over the present. You can’t change the past, dwelling on your mistakes isn’t helpful. Learn from your shortcomings and grow forward. You can’t predict the future. If anything life’s taught us, it’s to expect the unexpected. There is a fine line between preparedness and obsessing over what-ifs. If you are following your true intentions, you will be lead down the correct path. Have faith in yourself and let go of the constant worrying.

 

And that’s it! Follow these 4 steps and you will reach infinite inner peace. Well, not exactly, but it’s a good start. 🙂