2 Easy ways to be more mindful.
Being mindful is an essential part of mental health but probably one of the more neglected aspects. A lot of people are not aware of what mindfulness actually is and why it is so important. Mindfulness is pretty much being aware of the contents of your mind, or the condition that your mind is in.
Here are two easy ways to be more mindful.
- Take a walk: This is one sure way to clear your mind from all the garbage that gets stuck in your head all day. In one of Austin Kleon’s recent posts, “The Demons Hate Fresh Air” he quotes Linn Ullmann talking about her father Ingmar Bergman, a very well know film maker. Ingmar Berman said,
“I usually take a walk after breakfast, write for three hours, have lunch and read in the afternoon. Demons don’t like fresh air — they prefer it if you stay in bed with cold feet.”
This is such a true statement. Get out, take a walk, clear your mind. When you walk your body releases endorphins. Endorphins trigger a positive feeling in your body. Even a short walk can make you feel better and put you in a better mindset.
2. Slow down: During the busy holiday season it is so easy to get caught up in all the hustle and bustle. Remember to slow down and relax. One of my favorite things to do when everything gets crazy, is take a moment to have some coffee or hot chocolate with friends and family.
“When you stop rushing and slow down, you enjoy life more. Things are more interesting. You worry less. You care for others more. You make fewer mistakes because you’re more focused.”
When the pressures of everyday life start to weigh down on you, remember these two suggestions. They really help to clear your mind and focus on the important things of life.
This poem was first published by theravensperch.com
A.K. Finch is a writer, teacher, and poet. She lives in Southern California with her husband, daughter, rescue dog and cat. She can be found on Twitter@ak_finch , Facebook @AK Finch, and Goodreads @A.K. Finch. She is the author of Fading Blue — Book of Haiku.