The focus for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is on mindfulness. To help celebrate this, below are three quick, easy and effective ways that you can practice being mindful regardless of whether you’re in the office, at home or are sat on the train.
This exercise is simple yet incredibly powerful because it’s designed to connect us with the beauty of the everyday things around us which is something that’s easily missed when we’re always so busy rushing around.
Pick a natural organism within your immediate environment (for example, a flower, insect, the clouds or the moon) and focus on nothing but watching that for a minute or two. Don’t do anything other than notice the thing you’re looking at and take it in as if you’re seeing it for the very first time. Doing so allows yourself to just ‘be’ which is a great way to distract yourself from everyday stresses.
Write down your priorities
Many of us head into work every morning with the intention of remaining calm and relaxed throughout the day and not letting things or other people get to us. Unfortunately, urgent deadlines, unexpected problems arising, people calling in sick, deals getting cancelled and technical problems can quickly erode even the best of intentions.
It may not seem like it, but something as simple as writing down your top three priorities for the day is a good way to practice being mindful. Doing this means that you’re a lot less likely to get caught up in mindlessly reacting to whatever hits your desk or pops up on your computer screen throughout the day.
Keep a journal
Writing in a journal is a great way to record the events of the day and how you reacted to them. Over time this will help you to gain a valuable perspective on how you handle certain situations, what makes you feel good and what makes you feel bad.
When you read back, you might be able to identify certain triggers you can work on avoiding in the future and it may also help you to understand your own behaviours and where they can be improved.
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