Did she just roll her eyes at me?! Did he just slip into my parking spot?! Is this hair in my sandwich?!
The world can test us. Small things turn into big things. We want to beat our chest. We want to spill over like an exploding volcano. Somebody owes me!
Sorry sir, but this is not the way. The world is spinning from a pandemic, civil unrest, and political disagreements. We do not need more random anger.
Sometimes, we are short tempered because we are only tired, hungry, or low testosterone. However, family, friends, and co-workers do not understand this if we do not understand it ourselves. Mindfulness is the key to living in an unpredictable world and not becoming part of the problem.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a type of meditation where you focus on being keenly aware of what you are sensing and feeling in the moment. You drop the need to interpret or have personal judgment. There are different ways to practice mindfulness. It involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress.
How to Gain Mindfulness?
There are different tips and strategies to mindfulness. Try these:
- Meditate. Taking even just 5 minutes to sit quietly and follow your breath can help you feel more conscious and connected for the rest of your day.
- Focus on one thing at a time
- Slow down
- Eat mindfully. Savor the flavor and texture of each bite of food.
- Limit time on the phone and computer. Set aside time to unplug.
- Move and get some exercise.
- Spend time in nature, get some fresh air, appreciate animals and/or plants
The Benefits of Mindfulness
Mindfulness can help relieve stress, treat heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep, and alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties. You are less likely be an exploding volcano with family, friends, or co-workers. You can navigate your own difficult emotions and be a resource to others.
NEXT STEPS: If you are a beginner, try a guided mediation app or sit in silence and count your breaths for 5 minutes.