The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it. – Sydney J. Harris
Living in a fast paced world, we tend to have a hard time slowing down, connecting with the breath, staying calm, listening, seeing, feeling and evolving into what’s going on right now, in this present moment.
Here is where mindfulness comes in, we need daily reminders in order to stay present, in a society which always are on the next, or at least working on being on the next page, it’s vital to take a step back, breath and allow yourself, to just be here and now.
Here are 4 ways to be more mindful and decrease stress:
1. Become an observer of your thoughts and actions throughout the day.
Continually be mindful by checking in with yourself – I usually watch my breath. Whenever I feel my breath get short, shallow, and in my chest I immediately know I’m tense/stressed/or simply not being mindful. My favorite tool is meditation, use as little as 3 minutes for a short meditation, to get your awareness back. Download The Mindfulness App, to access the meditation.
2. Create a morning routine.
To continually do the same thing over and over again, doesn’t have to be boring, it can actually help you become more mindful. Every single morning, I wake up, have a cup of lemon water, make space for some meditation, incenses, journal writing, a shower followed by a nourishing breakfast. It’s just the most self-loving action I can think of. It sets an intention for the day and creates purpose and awareness.
3. Set boundaries
Boundaries can be applied in so many ways. They can be physical boundaries with certain people, places, situations that leave you feeling anxious. It can also be setting boundaries from work/personal time. “How do I feel after I’m around this person?” I apply this with every interaction I have. If that person or situation doesn’t feel right, chances are I don’t make an effort to engage in that relationship again.
4. Do something you really love
It could be something as audacious as going to a spa for 2 hours, traveling, or it can be a beautiful simple activity like making a hot cup of tea, taking a walk, going for a run etc. Self-loving actions that makes it easier to appreciate the present moment.