We all have busy lives. It can seem like for every moment of the day, there are countless things vying for our attention, from family, to work, thoughts about the past, and worries about the future. This means that whatever we’re doing, our mind is never really on it, we’re never really ‘in the moment.’
Instead, we get trapped in a spiral of overthinking and negativity, which only serves to make us feel more stressed and unable to deal with situations when they come along.
But what if there was a way to feel happier, improve your wellbeing, improve your resilience, and truly enjoy your life?
Mindfulness could be the answer you’re looking for.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is not about sitting cross-legged with your eyes shut, desperately trying not to think. It’s about being aware of what’s going on around you, and within you, being in the present moment, and not trying to judge or fight what’s happening.
So if you feel stressed, angry, frustrated, or impatient, mindfulness teaches you to notice that you’re feeling that way but also helps you see that any thoughts you’re having are just thoughts. There’s no need to be consumed by them, react, or go into a downward spiral, you can just let them go.
Imagine how much more resilient you would be if you didn’t feel the need to react to everything that happened in your life. Imagine how much more you could enjoy life by being fully present instead of thinking about the row you had with your partner, the colleague that gets on your nerves, or the driver that cut you up this morning.
Practising mindfulness day to day
As I mentioned earlier, mindfulness is not the same as meditating, though meditation is a very valuable practice that can calm your mind. Bringing mindfulness into your daily activities is an easy, practical, and very effective way to bring yourself into the moment.
Try these simple ways to bring mindfulness into your day:
How many times have you mindlessly ate a sandwich at your desk or snacked in front of the TV and barely realised that you had done it?
Next time you eat, slow down. Pause in between mouthfuls, notice the taste, smell, and texture of your food. Choose to eat nourishing food that you really enjoy. Once you eat like this, you’ll wonder why you’ve never done it before.
Take a mindful pause
Instead of rushing from one thing to another throughout the day, choose some triggers to remind yourself to just pause and take a few deep breaths. For example, before you answer the phone, before you walk into the office, or when you sit in your car, take a deep breath and give yourself a moment of calm.
Be mindfully active
How many times have you sat on an exercise bike and been on your phone or read a book or magazine while you pedalled away? Well try finding your mind-body connection to bring a bit of mindfulness into your workouts. Doing everything apart from the activity you’re doing in that moment will only make you feel distracted and stressed, which is exactly what you’re trying to avoid. So whether you’re cycling, walking, lifting weights, or gardening, just breathe and focus your mind on what you’re doing. Focus on the muscles you’re using, notice how your body feels, and acknowledge how wonderful it is to have a body that allows you to be active.
Bringing mindfulness into your day will make you feel less stressed and more able to deal with whatever comes along, and it will bring quality to everything you do, so you’ll enjoy your life and your interactions with others a lot more. Life is supposed to be enjoyed, not endured!
Would you like to improve your resilience and feel less stressed?
Our Promoting Emotional Resilience training will help you:
- Gain an understanding of what emotional resilience is
- Learn how to manage emotional stress
- Learn about the positive impacts emotional resilience can have on everyday life
- Learn techniques to help balance and control your emotions in a positive way
- Understand the links between stress and emotional resilience
- Explore mindfulness and how we can celebrate the present rather than regretting the past or fearing the future
This course is aimed at anyone interested in becoming more aware of how emotional resilience affects individuals or how this could help improve wellbeing in the workplace.
If you’d like further information regarding this training please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 07917062257.