How often have you felt like you needed to change your appearance to fit in? Or felt the pressure to act in a specific way to be “cool enough”? I had a shitty day like that, today. I was sitting mindlessly scrolling on Pinterest, comparing myself to other wonderful woman. Eating my feelings away with a jar of Ben and Jerrys even though I promised myself, “no junk food today”. While doing so I came across this quote;
“Health is not just about what you’re eating. It’s also about what you’re thinking and saying.”
It instantly made me realize that I needed to touch up on this topic in a blog post. So here I am. I can’t tell you how strongly I believe in mental health, so this is going to be a deep one. Therefor get your coziest blanket, and let’s have a girly chit chat.
We live in a world today that is all about the healthy lifestyle. Eat broccoli and chicken, this will make you loose weight and then you will be happy. Or will you? The world we live in today is terribly shallow. We are taught that our appearance is what matters the most. Unfortunately this way of thinking leaves me so miserable, how about you?
While having a healthy diet and an awesome workout routine, is great don’t get me wrong! Many of us just completely forget our minds, and have absolutely no idea how controlled we are by our thoughts. Being aware of what happens in your mind is so powerful. Unfortunately no one teaches us this in school. We are left to figure this out on our own. This leaves many of us confused about how to actually take care of our minds. Let alone feeling something in ourselves. Most people go completely numb because they have no idea what is going on in themselves.
Before I share some of my favorite ways to practice mindfulness, I want to educate you on the health benefits that will comes from it. These are just a few of many life changing outcomes, keep that in mind. Mindfulness will decrease stress, help get rid of self critical thoughts, create lower blood pressure which will naturally leave you more calm. I could keep listen wonderful changes, but you will have to experience these for yourself.
Now, I want to teach you small tricks to stay in sink with yourself though. Because mindfulness, as it’s called when you are aware of what’s going on right now, is actually easier than you think.
Being more aware of your daily life, is one way to be mindful. You would be mindful while eating your breakfast. Pay attention to the smell of your breakfast. Does is smell sweat, or can you smell any spices? How is the texture, is it smooth like soup or do you have to chew it. Is it hot or cold? How does it feel in your stomach? This exercise will make to calm and happy and it can be done anywhere with anything.
Another great way to be mindful is by meditation. I know a lot of people get scared away when they here that word. They think this means they have to be completely quiet for a long period of time. However this is a huge misconception of meditation. The point of meditation isn’t to quiet the mind completely, but to slow it down just enough for you to actually be aware of your own thoughts.
A great way to begin meditation is to take a few deep breaths. Breath in on the count of 6 and breath out on the count of 6. Repeat this 5 times. Then begin being mindful of what has happened in your day so far. What made you happy? Was there a particular meal that filled your belly nicely? Do you have a tense conversation with someone? There should be no judgement related to these thoughts, only awareness.
This will help you feel calm and in control of yourself and your life. More so this truly is a greatest gift you can give yourself.
Find a moment to sit down and be mindful today. It takes no longer than 5 minutes.