Achieving Mindfulness Despite A Busy Lifestyle
Leading hectic lives and lacking mindfulness make for a bad combination. Between work, family, and socials, we spend so much time stressing about our responsibilities and problems that we often get lost in the motions of our daily activities. Practicing these negative actions may lead to a lack of fulfillment, stress, burnouts, or emotional imbalance. Busy people like us need to be more mindful to become healthier in body and soul and lead higher-quality lives.
According to Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPC, “Mindfulness meditation practices are effective interventions, and sometimes for mild to moderate conditions—depression and anxiety—super-effective as front lines.” Mindfulness is a non-religious practice, a state of mind. It is the habit of observing your thoughts, words, and deeds in a non-judgmental manner. Avoiding judgment means not categorizing something as either “bad” or “good.” It teaches us to train our attention on the task at hand. We can perform many helpful exercises to direct us towards mindful living despite the hectic life.
Mindfulness Exercises In Our Busy Lives
Dedicate a particular time in your busy schedule for your mindfulness practice. Choose a slot where you can practice quietly and calmly for five minutes without interruption. You may choose to create a space conducive for focus and meditation at home or even at work. During this little time, meditate and focus on taking deep breaths.
Choosing Your Thoughts, Words, And Actions Carefully
Sasha Rosenfels, MA, LMFT once said “Helping individuals and families identify and work to manage feelings of anger through mindfulness tools as well as through working to increase each individual’s sense of safety and connection with one another.” We go through our daily routine on autopilot. We do not think about our motivations and reactions; we just do. Being mindful entails reflecting on what you are doing, why you are doing it, and how it makes you feel. It is also about savoring the moment and the details that come with it. Once you have started developing this mindset, repeating it in your daily routine becomes easier.
Being In The Moment
A significant factor of mindfulness is focusing on the present. Living in the moment instead of overthinking about the unchangeable past and the uncertain future improves our awareness. Upon waking, for example, we must not snooze the alarm or get out of bed begrudgingly. We should wake with purpose and focus on the task at hand, which is getting ready for work. We should banish the habit of worrying about what to do in the office and rushing through our preparation.
Reflect on the events that transpired after a busy day. Enumerate at least five things that you are grateful and appreciate that they came your way. It might be a person, an object, or activity, something that happened to you or you did for others. This exercise will help you understand your situation, feelings, and reactions better.
Ryan Parks, M.Ed, LPCC states that “Our society tells us that if you talk about your issues, express your feelings, or even verbalize you have a mental health disorder, you must be “weak.”,” But that is not it. Practicing mindfulness can be overwhelming, especially since our schedules are full and hectic. However, we must not let this fear stop us from trying to become mindful of our actions and thoughts. It is possible to practice mindfulness by incorporating it into our everyday lives. Exercises like dedicating time meditating and reflecting, focusing on mindset and deeds, and being in the moment can induce mindfulness. It takes repetition to master such life skill.
No matter how busy life can be, we must aim to create quality lives for ourselves. Mindfulness ensures emotional stability, meaningful relationships, and, if done right, self-fulfillment. With mindful thinking, we better appreciate that life is about the way we live it, the number of things we do.