Anyone can be mindful for a moment or two, but developing your mindfulness muscle means that you have to take things to a higher level.
In today’s world it’s all too easy to get distracted from what’s truly important. I have evolved over the last couple of years physically, spiritually and how I think as a trainer. Stress caused a lot of unnecessary heartache, anxiety and depression that led to issues with my body and mind.
What I try to educate my clients with and what I try to practice is being mindful and aware of your actions and feelings and being pro active in knowing how to handle stress. It is inevitable that stress will always be prevalent in our lives but how we handle it is what is important.
There are no reminders to be mindful unless we create them.
The responsibility is in your hands. Staying in the present moment can dramatically reduce stress, increase your happiness, and give you bursts of insight that might change your life.
Ever since I’ve started becoming aware of my thoughts and staying in the now, my life has improved significantly, and I know yours will, too.
Here are a few down-to-earth tips on how to become more mindful:
1. Question your thoughts.
Your thoughts aren’t always right. In fact, they are rarely right, especially if they make you feel bad.
Question your thoughts constantly. When you start to feel negative emotions, use it as a reminder to examine what thoughts are causing the commotion.
Most people walk around all day letting negative thoughts cause negative feelings. We both know that nothing good can come out of this.
It takes discipline to be mindful, but the rewards are peace and happiness. Even researchers are discovering the power of emotions. Negative emotions not only have the power to make you feel bad, but can affect your physical health as well. This is something that has affected me for years and I am here to tell you NOT TO LET THIS HAPPEN. I like to use my own experiences to help others.
2. Notice your tendencies.
You and I, we both have our unique tendencies that distract us from the present moment. I’m a worrier, so I tend to think about the future and try to solve problems before they even happen.
A few examples of tendencies that are very common are:
– pleasure seeking
A great tip is to write down your tendencies and how they tease you out of the now. Grab a piece of pen and paper, and just do it.
3. Practice acceptance.
Once you start becoming mindful of your tendencies, it’s crucial that you don’t judge yourself. Practice acceptance and embrace who you are.
The tendencies you have are there for a reason. They are signposts pointing to the areas of your life that need attention.
If you’re a chronic worrier, you need to start noticing whenever you begin drifting to the future. Become mindful, observe your thoughts, and breathe.
We believe our thoughts to be the authority on life, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Our thoughts are just thoughts.
4. Use reminders.
Another great way to stay anchored in the now is to use reminders. It can be as simple as tying a white string around your wrist.
Each time you look at the white string, you are reminded of the present moment. Are you in the now, or are you somewhere else?
There are no limits to what you can use as a reminder. If you want to take this even further, you can add a new reminder each week.
5. Follow your passion.
I have noticed that the more I follow my passion and my hearts deepest desire, the more I am able to stay in the now. I enjoy every second of every minute when I’m working on something I love. My heart buzzes with joy and I feel amazing.
Writing is one of my passions. I love helping people improve their life. It makes me excited to wake up in the morning, and it keeps me in the present moment.
Find your passion and go after it.
6. Herbs that help to NATURALLY reduce stress and anxiety
- Licorice Root contains a natural hormone alternative to cortisone, which can help the body handle stressful situations, and can help to normalize blood sugar levels as well as your adrenal glands, providing you with the energy necessary to deal with the stressful situation at hand.
- Passion flower is considered a mild sedative and can help promote sleep. Passion flower also treats anxiety, insomnia, depression and nervousness. The parts of the passion flower plant that grow above the ground can be dried and steeped for tea. Otherwise, passion flower is available as a tincture, capsule and even as a juice.
- Kava Kava, an herb from the South Pacific, is a powerful muscle relaxer and analgesic. Kava Kava is also effective at treating depression and anxiety associated with menopause. Kava Kava is very easily found as a capsule in the supplement section of any grocery store.
- Lavender is the workhorse of herbs. It is effective at reducing irritability and anxiety, promoting relaxation, a sense of calm and sleep. It is also a powerful anti-bacterial agent, and can work to balance hormones and stimulate the immune system. All of that from one little herb.
- Blue vervain You may not know this potent treat, but the ancients sure did. It was a favorite herb for many civilizations, including Roman, Celtic, and Native Americans. Blue Vervain has many actions, including cleansing your liver, reducing sugar cravings, sweating out a fever, relaxing your muscles, balancing female hormones, and calming your nervous system. But it’s best used for the overachiever, perfectionist type who specifically carries tension in the neck and shoulders.
Hopefully all of these tips help you. Be happy and present in this life…and when you feel out of balance then take the necessary steps to feel better. The busyness of our life will always be there but do not be a prisoner to it.
Live life, be happy and stay positive!
Thank you so much for reading,