Strategies for a Mindful Life

How can you effectively pull yourself together when things get rough? Everyday life stressors are normal, but we need to form healthy habits of mind to conquer fears and focus on forward thinking.

Remove Your Phone

Reaching for my phone first thing in the morning is usually to turn my alarm off. But then the temptation to check my email inbox, followed by social media soon follows. Coming out of a hopefully restful slumber, to immediately checking your phone creates unnecessary stress to the brain when it automatically is forced to begin processing too much information without ‘waking up’.

Tip: Think about getting a traditional alarm clock and going to sleep with your phone charging in a different room overnight. This means no distractions that disrupt sleep time and wake time.

Breathing

My regular watch needs to get a new battery installed so in the meantime, I rescued my husbands Fit Bit Blaze from it’s position collecting dust on his bedside table. Not only is it helping me track time, daily steps, water intake etc, but I found a cool little ‘Relax’ setting that provides a 2 minute or 5 minute breathing session. It’s amazing what deep breathing can do for slowing down your heart rate but it’s also a great way to distract your mind from anxious thoughts.

Tip: Take a 4 second long inhale through your nostrils, and exhale through your mouth lasting about 4 seconds.

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Photo byΒ Robin BenzrihemΒ onΒ Unsplash

Gratitude Journal/Diary

When the months fly by as quickly as they do these days, (hello Easter!) then it’s quite easy to forget about personal goals we have achieved and those we wish to make in future.

Tip: Each day, take some time to list 5 things you’re grateful for in your life. This might be something you wish to incorporate into a morning routine to help your day get off on the right foot. Add to this list daily.

Routine

Keep to a routine even if you’re home all day. It’s tempting to stay in your PJ’s or comfy sloth clothes when you don’t have somewhere to be (it’s okay to do this every now and then of course).

Tip: Having a shower, combing your hair, even putting on some light makeup, a bold lipstick, spray your favourite perfume or cologne, or putting some effort into how you dress/style your clothes can be a tremendous confidence boost. If you look good, chances are you feel good too.

Exercise

Even something as simple as a change of scenery can help change your mood. Move to a different room or better yet, go outside for some air. Getting outside is an amazing distraction as well.

Tip: Why not take a small walk around the block or visit a local library, sit at a park and maybe smile at someone coming your way. It can lift your mood instantly while giving you time to reflect.

Love your health.

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Featured image. Photo byΒ Colton DukeΒ onΒ Unsplash

Casual Friday’s – What are you grateful for today?

We’re switched on 24/7. Have access to the internet, social media and the world in the palm of our hands. How do you essentially switch off and remain mindful?

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Yeah, something like that.

I encourage you to each day, spend 5 minutes writing down what you’re grateful for. It helps your mind shift into seeing the positive instead of getting bogged down with the negative.

Add to this list daily or nightly. Just remember to come back to it at some point and read over what you wrote. Humans forget about the truly amazing things we accomplish and do. This is a helpful task that reminds us of all those feel good things we got to experience. Get your mind focused, be positive and mindful.

I Am Grateful For;

  1. My home
  2. The money in our bank account
  3. The food in our fridge
  4. My cat Henry
  5. The clothes in my wardrobe
  6. The internet
  7. Wine and chocolate *giggles*
  8. Upcoming Summer
  9. Family and friends
  10. The people who love me

Remember to love your health.

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4 tips for drinking more water

As we bleary eyed Aussies step outside tentatively as the Winter chill starts to lift, the cold weather certainly doesn’t help remind us to be sipping on a glasses of water periodically throughout the day. Most of us won’t drink in colder weather because we’re simply not thirsty. But it’s important to drink water no matter what the temperature is.

There’s something oddly satisfying about relieving yourself of a full bladder. It’s not only the, “Oh my gosh I feel 10kg lighter!” but it’s the small thought in the back of your mind that you’re going so much and it’s flushing your system out. No? Just me?

So I remembered an older blogΒ post the other day and it got me thinking about how much water we should drink for health in general. No it won’t scientifically help with your skin woes apparently.

Damnit

Our bodies can become so dehydrated it actually turns off the thirsty signal in our brains which is even more alarming.

Why Water?

  • Helps restore fluid to organs
  • Helps with energy levels and brain function
  • Flushes our urinary system of nasties and stops the potential for kidney stones
  • Helps us lose weight

I usually get in about 1.8 litres on a good day. Other days, a 600mL bottle. Oh the shame! If it makes you feel better I know someone who’s daily water intake was the quarter cup of the mug they filled with hot water with their morning coffee.

Creating habits for change,Β 4 tips that worked for me

  • Sip water before and straight after you’re about to do a task
  • Always keep a drink bottle of water in your bag, preferably a thermos drink bottle you can refill and it keeps your water cool as a cucumber
  • Set a bottle of water on a table close by so it’s visible, this will encourage you to drink
  • Make water the only available option in your fridge. Boring but it works.

Okay and yes it’s annoying to be running to the bathroom every 30 minutes as well, so I try drink most of my water throughout the day so it doesn’t interrupt my sleep.

Summer will soon be upon us in the southern hemisphere. Now’s the perfect time to practice drinking more water habits I’ve shared with you today.

How much water do you drink in a day? Let me know below.

Love your health.

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On this day 28 years ago…

I was born at 17:25pm, Thursday 4 October 1990.

Today, a reflection on the things I’ve learned and so, to whoever is reading this, I truly hope this finds you well. If I had this list with me as a young child or through my teenage years, I know it would’ve inspired me somehow.

  • Do not personalise everything. Thinking things that happen as if everything and everyone is out to make my life worse is not true.
  • There are plenty of A-holes out there. Choose to be mature and not acknowledge your dislike for them.
  • Others’ problems with me are not my problems.
  • Create healthy boundaries. Whether it be with your husband, in-laws, family, friends or colleagues.
  • Before you get angry, ask yourself how you could have made this situation worse than it should have been.
  • I am not my past.
  • I can’t do it all in life. Having goals is great, sometimes things are just not meant to be.
  • But, I am capable of anything. We need to at least start something, somewhere to open the doors of possibilities. The Universe will do the rest.
  • Our passions guide us. Let them motivate us.
  • I am loved.
  • I am wanted.
  • Life is way too short.
  • I am perfectly fine at whichever point I’m in life right now. If you are wanting to end it all however, this is not okay and you can be okay with help.
  • Forgiving myself is the first step.
  • I am the creator of my one and only life.
  • I control my mind, it does not control me.
  • Practicing self-care each day will make me more mindful.
  • Do not be afraid.

Blessings.

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