We obsess over every calorie, book our ClassPass schedule full of excruciating workouts, and drink green juice like our life depends on it. And for what? To be able to squeeze into a swimsuit, bathe in the sun by a pool or on the beach, and look so relaxed as other people with better bodies and tanner skin pass by. But are we really? Relaxed that is.
While we are hyper aware of our physical health and appearance, especially in the summertime when we want to look our best, it’s oftentimes the case that our mental wellness is overlooked.
Believe it or not (but you should definitely believe), having a consistent practice of mindfulness is as beneficial to your health as exercising regularly. Practicing mindfulness and simply living in the moment not only supports your physical health, but significantly improves your mental health as well.
There is a plethora of information out there and knowing where and how to start your mindfulness journey can be overwhelming. So let’s keep it simple. Scroll down for three easy tips that will get you on the path to a more mindful lifestyle.
Practice acceptance: One of the most important aspects to your mindfulness practice is to embrace and accept whatever may come your way. It is so easy to let negativity, stress, and agitation into our lives as things don’t go the way we intend – like getting a call from your boss making yet another ridiculous request or gaining extra weight from some missed gym sessions. Whatever the case, stop and just breathe for a moment. If your find your mind wandering into a stressful, critical, or negative territory, be aware and calmly guide it back to whatever your present situation is. The ability to accept is the biggest yet most rewarding and powerful aspect to living a more mindful life.
Remember, You are #1: In an effort to take care of the people and things around us, we often forget to take care of ourselves. Try to incorporate self-love into your everyday life, even if it’s something as small as lighting your favorite candle as you get ready for bed or carving out the time to apply a calming face mask. Daily TLC rituals can help to get you in healthier, more positive mindset, so you can conquer the day or week ahead! Remember, you can’t give 100%, if you don’t feel 100%.
Share your thoughts: Sharing your thoughts is a great way to process your feelings, worries, beliefs etc. You can share them with another person like a close friend, family member or even a therapist. Confiding in another individual can be very comforting, and they can potentially help sort out your thoughts and feelings. Writing a journal is also a great way to share your feelings. Be it on your computer or in an old school notebook, keeping a daily log of the happenings in your life is a major stress reliever that will instantly allow you to be more mindful in your everyday life.