Words by, Peter Minkof
Photography by, Nick Urteaga
Feeling stressed-out at work and at home has, unfortunately, become quite normal nowadays, and there’s hardly anyone who doesn’t feel this way. But, if you explore the wonderful concept of mindfulness, you might be helping your body, your mind and your soul more than you can imagine. Mindfulness is all about taking a step back and relaxing, so here are ten ways to practice it in 2019.
Improving your self-image
Feeling good about yourself and knowing you who are is quite important, and it all comes down to your own self-image and improving yourself on a daily basis. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter how you do it and whether you prefer self-reflecting, learning new skills or recapitulating your days before going to sleep – as long as you continue improving, it’s all good!
Learn more about gratitude
We generally don’t know how much we have and why our lives are actually worth living, which is why learning more about gratitude is quite important. Being grateful for even being alive and able to make the most of our skills and knowledge is the first step towards being completely mindful and satisfied with your life.
Take care of your body
You can’t reach mindfulness if there’s something wrong with your body, so taking care of it is essential. You could start using moisturizers and other skincare products that will make your skin look younger and healthier, but be sure to look into helpful age spot treatment as well as one of the treatments that are available to you. Only by showing your body love will you be able to really feel good and reach the level of mindfulness you’re looking for.
Focus on your health
Speaking of skincare, don’t forget that only the people who are healthy can reach mindfulness, so taking care of your health is one of the most important things in the world. You should be doing that on a daily basis in the simplest ways possible, so be sure to remove stress from your life, visit your doctor regularly, hit the gym, eat healthy food and quit smoking as soon as possible. This way, you’ll feel and look much better than before, and you’ll be one step closer towards complete mindfulness.
This is one of the simplest and the oldest tricks in the book, but it’s still effective and useful. The art of meditation has been around for thousands of years and has always managed to make people calmer, healthier, more insightful and more mindful. If done properly, your meditation process doesn’t have to last longer than ten or fifteen minutes, but you can do a lot in that time.
Breathe and refocus
This is another seemingly simple and useless trick that’s actually more effective than it appears. Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, you should be able to take a deep breath and forget about everything that’s going on around you. Refocus your attention and start thinking about what’s important, and you’re going to feel much better after just a minute or two. Repeat this a few times a day, and you’ll be closer to mindfulness sooner than you know.
Make your health a priority
There are lots of things modern people are chasing after – career, money, position in the society, happiness and so on – but they rarely understand that none of that makes sense if they neglect their health. That’s why making this a priority is something you should definitely do in your life, and once you understand how vital your physical and mental health is, you’ll also find ways to improve it. Working on your physique, taking care of your skin and developing your own signature style are just some of the ways to do that, so look into these things and explore their benefits.
Observe the world around you
We often rush through our day without taking a moment to relax and seeing the world around us. Being so caught up in our jobs and trying to make a living, we let the world pass before our eyes, and that’s something none of us should do. Instead, take a moment to appreciate who you are and what you’ve become, notice things you haven’t noticed before, and start valuing small details that are really important to you.
Do nothing at all
Again, being so busy all day long takes a toll on you, both mentally and physically, and you should learn how to do nothing for a change. Turn on your TV, put on some music or just crawl into your bed for an hour – you’ll feel much better afterward and ready to take the world by storm. This will reset your mind and you’ll feel amazing!
Learn how to interact with new people
Taking to people you’ve never met before is hard, but it’s doable if you put your mind to it. First, learn how to take a compliment and be sure to respond to it, and then get into a conversation even though you don’t know the person you’re talking to. Yes, talking to your friends is easier, but this is a great way to meet new people and get out of your comfort zone.
Reaching mindfulness is always hard, but it’s something you have to work for if you want to feel better and be a calmer person. Explore these ideas, find out which ones suit you the most, and you’ll start enjoying life at a much higher level!
Thank you for reading!