7 Tips for Living a Mindful Lifestyle

by - January 22, 2017

One of the things I wanted to focus on in this new year was my mental health, and finding a way to live life to the fullest, without becoming emotionally drained or on the opposite spectrum, letting life pass me by. So lately I have been thinking a lot about mindfulness and a mindful way of living. Which is essentially just being present in the moment and present in life, not getting lost in the hecticness that can come from a busy schedule or stressful moments. I won't say that I've got it down pat just yet, but I thought I would share with you guys some tips that I am currently, and hopefully you guys can be inspired to try some of them out yourselves! 

1. Unplug 
It should come as no shock that I spend a significant amount of my life either on my laptop, phone or iPad. I mean at the moment since I'm not working, I have been trying to focus a lot of my time on this blog, and growing my social media presence. But that being said, I have also been trying to make a conscience decision to unplug for a little while every day and not become too obsessed with what is happening online. The internet is a bit like a drug, and I have no interest in becoming addicted. Unplugging for just 1hr a day has really helped me to become less distracted, and feel like I'm giving my brain a little break. 

2. Meditate
I used to think that meditation was for yippies and yogis, and was a total waste of time. Why sit down and do nothing at all, how is that going to help? And then I kept seeing more and more posts on Pinterest about why meditation was so great, and how it had helped others find peace within themselves. So I started taking 10min in the morning, and just close my eyes and relax, trying to put my brain on pause. And it turns out I kind of love it. Meditation can help to clear your mind, leave you feeling relaxed and is a great way to be more self aware. And is a great step towards a mindful way of living. 

3. Practice Affirmations
Affirmations are another thing I found really dumb when I was younger. But again once I started practicing them I found that they really have the power to change your way of thinking. Because negative thoughts can lead to a negative life, and positive affirmations help guide you away from that. I like to speak out my affirmations at the beginning of my day, and it helps to get me going. And I know that it can be pretty cheesy, especially since I have at one point literally repeated them as I was looking at myself in the mirror (you don't have to do that, I'm just vain and I like to look at myself), but try it out and it might work for you. 

4. Journal
I have always loved writing. I had so many diaries when I was younger, and as I got older I channeled that into stories, journals and this blog. And I love any form of writing that I can do, to me there is just something about taking pen to paper, and letting it all go and clearing my head. So I am a big fan of journaling and cannot recommend it to people more. At the moment I keep a few different journals, a fitness one, my bullet journal (check out my post on how I set that up) and my personal journal. And each one serves a different purpose obviously, but every one is just as important to me as the last. I think it is important to have a way to keep track of your thoughts and discover how you are feeling in a judgement free way. 

5. Focus On One Task At A Time
It's so easy to become distracted these days. I mean let's be honest, if you're reading this right now on your computer I can almost guarantee that my page is not the only tab you've got open in browser. Because it is so hard for us to focus on just one thing at a time. There are a million things happening all around us in our every day life, but when you focus fully on one task you are less likely to become stressed, more likely to manage your time better and you will likely get more done than if you were to multitask. 

6. Read More, Watch Less 
I admit that I am a bit obsessed with youtube and netflix, and honestly all forms of media digestion. I am much more likely to stay home and watch a movie on a Friday night than I am to go out for drinks or go dancing. So it has been hard for me to press pause on my stories and open up a book instead. But honestly well worth it, because my mind feels so much more clear when I do. Reading will create more mental stimulation than watching tv, which is obviously great, and can help you deal with stress and focus more. 

7. Exercise 
Now I'm not saying you have to go to the gym everyday and lift heavy weights in order to live a mindful lifestyle. However if that is what interests you, then absolutely I have nothing bad to say about that! But sometimes all it takes is an evening walk to clear your head, and make you feel good from the inside out. Now I know the experts say you should get a half hour to an hour of exercise a day for your physical health, but it will also be so beneficial to your mental health as well. The more I workout, the better I feel all around! 

Now like I said before I won't claim to have it all figured out. Obviously I am no mental health expert, I can only share with you what I am doing personally to take steps towards living a more mindful lifestyle. But I hope you guys have enjoyed reading my 7 tips for mindful living and I hope you will try them out. Please let me know in the comments below how you guys try to be more mindful in life, and if you have any tips for me I'd love to read them! 

Much Love, 
Spense xx 

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