What is mindfulness? How does it benefit you?
As Psychology Today states, mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you are mindful, you carefully observe your thoughts and feelings without judging them good or bad. Mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to your current experience, rather than dwelling on the past or anticipating for the future.
We can never be sure what life will throw at us, whether it be something that happens medically, environmentally, or something to do with the family. The best practice is to keep calm and take life how it is. In our failures in life or situations that arise, we can find the meaning behind our own lives. Failures and situations do have a hidden spot in all of our lives.
How many times have you been stuck at work having what you think is the worst day of your life? You keep thinking how big of a bully your boss is or how much you think one co-worker is a “know-it-all” and is super annoying. Take a step back and go outside for fresh air if you are able to. Really think about what you are saying and put yourself in their shoes. Does your boss seem like a bully because he is really just trying to push you to do better at your job? Do you think your co-worker is annoying because you could actually be learning from them?
Remember to grow and learn in every circumstance, prove to the people that are pushing you that you are the BEST! Let your failures and bad situations get in your way, you will learn from them in ways you never thought.
When you take a step back from a situation, sometimes you just need to ground yourself to feel about everything going on. Here is a quick exercise for you to do when you feel stressed or anxious about situations going on (can be done in any environment):
Take a moment to look around you. Identify and name the following:
Five things you see.
Four things you feel.
Three things you hear.
Two things you smell.
One thing you taste.
Let me know if this exercise works for you! What helps you to be mindful on a day to day basis?