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3 Ways I’m Incorporating Mindfulness into My Life

Now that school and my internship are in full force I feel the sense of stress and anxiety quickly coming over me. I’m usually one who remains calm on the outside but on the inside I’m constantly running through all that needs to be done/freaking out about how little time I have in a day. With deadlines, projects, and life, in general, it’s easy for me to feel overwhelmed….cue in mindfulness!

So what is this mindfulness? Here is how I define mindfulness: a way to refocus your attention to how your feeling in the present moment and to accept those feelings and just be. People often pair mindfulness with meditation (which makes me think of yoga.)It can be as simple as journaling, coloring in an adult or kid coloring book, taking deep breaths, or getting away from work/school/life for a bit to just clear your mind. You can practice mindfulness anywhere/anytime of the day, in fact, you probably already are and just don’t know it…yet! You can read more about mindfulness and its amazing benefits here!

I really want to make sure that I’m being more mindful in my everyday life so I’ve decided to give this three ideas a shot:

Mindfulness Apps:

So far I’ve downloaded Headspace and holy moly it’s AMAZE…granted I’m only doing the free 10-day trial to see if it’s worth investing in but I’m really loving it so far. The “take ten” sessions are guided meditations for beginners introducing mindfulness by giving listeners a chance to practice. Each time I’ve completed a session I feel extremely relax and at peace. They say to try to do the sessions in the morning but really you can give it a try at any time and it takes just 10 minutes.

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I’m also going to try these once I’ve completed the trial of headspace.

Positive Self Talk

This seems like a no-brainer but sometimes I need to be reminded to be gentle with myself and thoughts. It’s easy for me to get consumed in thinking about everything that I need or should be doing that I often don’t reflect on everything that I’ve done. Like, “hey girl, you are doing amazing and accomplishing your goals” is something that I need to say more often. After all, we are all doing the best we can to live our lives so why not add more positivity?

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Writing my blog

I find writing therapeutic and I enjoy writing this blog like a lot!!! I wish I could dedicate more time to it but things are getting super busy which means blogging time is slim. I’m going to try to blog as much as possible but also try not to feel like I have to just because…if that makes sense. Below is a pic I took a few weeks ago from the topiary garden

Below is a pic I took a few weeks ago from the topiary garden (rando but cool and I wanted to post it so I think it fits well here)img_3091

We’ll see how these three mindful ways go! I’ll keep you posted!

What ways are you mindful??

 

 

2 Comments

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    Krista

    September 12, 2016

    Coloring books/ pages are my favorite! I do them when my students/teaching get overwhelming and I can’t focus. Running also helps me. My mind is too exhausted to think. It’s relaxing.

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      Kenzie

      September 13, 2016

      Ahhh yes! I do love a good coloring book:)

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