It's easy to get overwhelmed, especially at this moment in history. There's a lot that's going on within the world, and it can be easy to feel drowned in emotion, information, and uncertainty. With all of that swirling around it can be easy to lose focus and become unmoored (if we're continuing the water-based metaphors).
So how do we deal with all of this stuff? Mindfulness can be an excellent place to start. I know, I know, mindfulness gets thrown around this day and age like it's the end-all-be-all. Trust me, it isn't, though it is an excellent place to start if you're experiencing racing thoughts, difficulty focusing, feeling overwhelmed, ruminating, perseverating, or impulsivity.
Mindfulness works by slowing down your thought process and asking you to be present and experience the current moment. You can read more about mindfulness HERE, and if you begin to practice regularly, you'll see the benefits.
TIPS / TRICKS
This month's tip is a mindfulness practice to begin to be more present during the little moments that have become automatic. In this practice, I challenge you to be present and aware when you shift your posture. So be aware and note when you're changing position from sitting to standing or vice-versa. It sounds simple, though it's actually quite difficult.
Mindfulness is everywhere. There are numerous apps, courses, and books. One thing I like to note is that none of these are necessary to practice mindfulness. Practicing mindfulness can indeed be as "simple" as regularly utilizing this month's tip. Just be aware of what you're doing. When you walk, notice the soles of your feet touching the ground. When you're cooking notice the aromas and textures of the ingredients. When you're washing dishes, notice the temperature of the water and the smell of the soap. It can be done anywhere while doing anything, and it makes a huge difference.
Until next time, be mindful!