Today I’m throwing it back to a blog post I had shared on my previous blog that I stopped using when I created this one.
While reading this post again today I soon found myself nostalgic to anything other than what we’re going through right now.
Can you remember your 2017? I – so hesitantly- bet that no matter how horrible it was, it’s nothing compared to 2020.
Originally, the post itself mentions taking a minute to breathe and being grateful for what we have in the midst of life’s chaos. So I thought to myself: there’s no better time to share it again with you than right now.
“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.“, John Lennon wrote.
We spend so much of our time and effort on things we think are necessary, that we often forget to take some time to breathe. We are preoccupied with our inner thoughts and worries to the point of suffocating and there’s no denying that.
Let’s take a long, deep breath right now.
How come we don’t do that more often? Not the act of breathing itself – if you aren’t doing that, there are some high chances you’re not reading this blog post in the first place- but rather mindfulness itself.
We rarely take a minute or two to do nothing at all.
We’re always either stuck in traffic somewhere and angry, busy at work, answering phone calls, texting our friends, thinking of what to do next, what to eat next, washing the dishes, taking care of the kids or our siblings, babysitting.
But when do we actually stop?
We can’t allow ourselves to choke before discovering that a pause is vital to keep us on our feet. Mindfulness, appreciating everything that’s going on around us are sometimes the deep breath we need.
Needless to say, mindfulness is one step forward towards good mental health.
Today let’s be grateful for:
- The smell of good coffee in the morning
- The way the sun shines on our face
- The satisfying moment when we reach an open elevator door before it closes again
- Waiting for the holidays
- Sunny winter days and cool summer nights
- When people say thank you
- A great joke we’ve been told, or a great song we discovered
- That Friday night with our popcorn & favorite movie
- That one funny video we found on Facebook that we keep watching over and over
- A relaxing shower
- Getting in bed after a long day
- The cold side of a pillow
- A relaxing workout
- A delicious home cooked meal
- The good health of our loved ones
And the list goes on…
I invite you to take a moment tonight, or tomorrow morning before you start your day, to name all the things you’re grateful for. Make that a habit, and watch how your perspective on many things changes.
I invite you to calm your body and mind, understand your own emotions and improve your mood a little bit every day.
Below you will find the benefits of mindfulness and meditation, please feel free to send me a message or ask me any question and I will do my best to answer it.
Stay safe, until next time x