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5 Reminders to Empower You When You’re Stressed

They say life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond to it.

I agree.

It’s easy to let our emotions get the best of us – it’s familiar territory. But what’s groundbreaking is taking control and not letting our fleeting emotions affect how we show up in the world.

When we’re stressed, our emotions are ruling our thoughts. Our ability to calm down is clouded by the emotional response we’re experiencing.

The good news is that we have the power to overcome stress and move through the emotions that may be clouding our judgment.

So today, I want to share with you 5 reminders to empower you when you’re feeling stressed out.

 

5 reminders to empower you when you’re stressed

1. Calmness is your superpower.

“Your strength is in your calmness, in the clarity of your mind. Strength comes from putting the negative aside without reacting.” – Yogi Amrit Desai

A calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges. You have the power, always. Even when you’re so stressed you could literally cry.

Take a deep breath and make a conscious choice to not let anything or anyone control your thoughts. Reclaim your power back.You have all you need inside to feel empowered.

It’s about making the switch and choosing to remain calm in the midst of all the chaos that may be going on in your world. Remember, you choose what you let in. Let things go, and begin again.

Read this next: 12 Mind, Body and Soul Activities to Relieve Stress Fast and Help You Relax

 

2. It’s okay to say no. You have full control over your decisions.

“By saying yes when you need to say no, you cripple the most important relationship in your life: the relationship between you and you.” – Nea Joy

Think about what exactly is stressing you out. Are you juggling a job, school, and a social life? Are you overwhelmed with work and constant deadlines? Do you feel that no one is chipping in at home?

Ask yourself what is absolutely necessary and get rid of the rest. What can you take a step back from right now? What can you say no to? Remind yourself that your needs are important too and that there’s always something you can do to feel less stressed.

Don’t let your circumstances rule you, you have full control over what you take on, what matters, and what doesn’t.

Read this next: How to Say No Politely to Reduce Stress in Your Life

 

3. This too shall pass.

“Nothing is permanent in this world, not even our troubles.” – Charlie Chaplin

Think back to a few years or months ago when you were going through a rough time and wondered how you would ever come out of it.

You’re here reading this article, trying to better yourself, and stronger than ever, aren’t you? We need to give ourselves more credit.

Just because it’s been a trying day, week or month, doesn’t mean it’s a bad life. Remember there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. You will overcome it. Tomorrow is a new day with a fresh start.

Life is constantly changing, and we can change along with it. Change how you respond to things when dealing with stress. Understand that this is not a permanent emotion, let yourself feel it, let it go and onwards you go.

 

4. Every emotion is here to teach us but they don’t define us.

“Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them.” – Eckhart Tolle

Become a “gentle observer” of your emotions. Find the lessons in what you’re feeling and let the lessons empower you.

Every emotion tells us something about our inner experience that we may be reflecting in our outer world. See stress as a sign that you need to put on the brakes or do something differently.

You’re not your emotions. You’re not your thoughts. Thoughts and emotions alone are not what cause you to feel overwhelmed and unhappy.

It’s when you identify and attach yourself to them that the struggle comes in.

 

5. What you focus on grows.

“Don’t get so focused on the struggles that you miss the gift of today.” – Joel Osteen

If you’re constantly attaching yourself to the idea of how stressed you are, the more that feeling expands. Your energy goes where your focus goes.

So instead, focus on how you want to feel – calm, relaxed, content and positive.

Steer your thoughts into a more positive state of mind. Be grateful for what you have instead of focusing on what you don’t.

Bring awareness to when your thoughts are going somewhere you don’t want them to go and choose to let go of worries and negative thoughts that are bringing you down.

Read this next: How to Start Your Day With a Positive Mindset


 

With the help of these reminders, make the choice to reclaim your peace of mind. The more you expand your mind and open yourself up to calmness, the less stress will take a toll on you physically, mentally and emotionally.

Now tell me … which reminder will you have on repeat this week? Let me know in the comments below!

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How to Say No Politely to Reduce Stress in Your Life

As a natural people pleaser, I hate saying no.

Too many times I’ve said yes to things I hate, things I didn’t have time for, and things that weren’t serving me – just because I hate saying no.

Once I realized that saying no more often meant saying YES to myself, I made it a point to set boundaries in my life.

Do you have a hard time saying no to friends, family or work? Saying no is form of self-care that allows you to set boundaries for yourself. Here are 5 tips to help you say no politely more often.

If you’re always saying yes to everything, you sacrifice the time you have to spend on things that truly matter to you. You may even find that you start to feel resentful for not feeling like you have control over your decisions.

For some odd reason, this need to always be available and to be liked overpowers our need to feel inner peace and be authentically ourselves. It’s obvious that saying yes to everything leaves us feeling stressed and overwhelmed.

The reality is that saying no is an unglamorous but necessary form of self-care that is often overlooked.  Self-care is not just pampering and kicking back, it’s also about setting boundaries, taking your power back, and saying no when you need to.

So how can you learn to say no politely without guilt? Read on to find out!

 

How to learn to say no politely without guilt

 

Adjust your mindset

Saying no is a form of self-care. It’s not my favorite part of self-care, but it’s a necessary part. When you think about it as a way of taking care of yourself, the easier it becomes to say no without feeling guilty.

It’s about evaluating your needs and seeing if saying yes to something will serve you and those closest to you. Think about it this way, what you don’t own owns you. Would you rather have your decisions own you or do you want to own them?

The rule that I try to go by now is if it’s not a hell yes, then it’s a no. We often feel like we don’t have a choice when people ask us to do something, but the truth is we do.

Challenge your beliefs around why you think you don’t have choice. Do you think it makes you a bad person? Are you scared of how they will react? Do you think they can’t do it without you? Are you taking on things that aren’t yours? Find the root of your beliefs and really ask yourself if they are 100% true.

Saying no means making more room for things that are important to you. When you say no, think about what you’re saying yes to:

  • To yourself
  • Your boundaries
  • Things that truly matter to you
  • Your mental health
  • Your precious time

 

Think about how saying no will benefit the relationship

It’s important to understand that saying no to something doesn’t mean saying no to that relationship. If you think that saying no is going to jeopardize that relationship, you’re most likely overthinking it.

Instead of worrying about what the person might think if you say no, focus on how saying no will help the relationship.

For example, let’s say you say yes to a friend gathering when you wanted to say no. You go reluctantly because you feel forced. Once you get there, you feel resentful, uncomfortable, you’re distracted and not fully there.

Your friends start to think that you don’t want to be around them which is not the case at all. If you would’ve said no and saw them at another time that was better for you, it would’ve had a better outcome for both parties.

Sometimes saying no politely is the best thing to do for a relationship.

Do you have a hard time saying no to friends, family or work? Saying no is form of self-care that allows you to set boundaries for yourself. Here are 5 tips to help you say no politely more often.

 

Give yourself time to think about it

When someone requests something from you, try to buy yourself time to think about it. You can say, “Can you give me some time to think about it so I can check my calendar?” or “I’m not sure if I can, I have to check on some things first.”

If you’re used to saying yes, it’ll give you time to gather your thoughts and make a decision that you’ll be truly at peace with. Even if you know you want to say no right off the bat, it’ll take some pressure off you and help you say no politely.

When thinking about what you want to do, here are some things to ask yourself:

  • What commitments do I have around that time?
  • Does it interfere with my values?
  • If I say yes, is it a hell yes?
  • What are the reasons for saying no?

Read this next: How to Journal for Self-Reflection and Become More In Tune With Yourself

 

Start with positive wording and keep it short

Be pleasant and keep it short. By starting with a positive statement, it’ll come off more politely.

You can say things like, “I’m flattered you thought of me but I’m overcommitted right now” or “I’d love to but it isn’t doable for me right now.”

It’s easy to want to justify your decision by offering an explanation or an excuse, but that only opens the floodgates for them to try to persuade you.

If you’re being pressured, simply repeat your initial response or say “I wish I could but my schedule is full.” Stand your grand graciously.

If your schedule looks like a whole lot of self-caring at home alone with a hair mask and a glass of wine, that’s a full schedule to me! Remember, no matter what your needs are, they’re important too.

 

Favor respect over popularity

People pleasers have a tendency to say yes all the time because they want to be liked. They will avoid conflict and disappointing others at all costs, even if it means putting their own needs on the back burner.

No amount of popularity is worth feeling stressed and overwhelmed. It’s impossible to please everyone in your life.

We weren’t put on this planet to please people – we are here to live our best, most authentic lives. And to do that we have to set boundaries.

When you recognize your worth and start to say no often, in the long run, people will respect you for having boundaries and sticking with them.


 

If you have a hard time saying no, I’m right there with you. When I remind myself that my needs are important too and that I always have a choice over my decisions, the easier it gets.

Learning to set boundaries and say no to things that don’t serve you is one of the most loving self-care gifts you can give yourself.

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7 Things You Need to Make Your Home a Stress-Free Haven

After a trying day, long vacation, or a night out, there is truly no place like home.

But is your home giving you the stress-relief and restoration it’s supposed to bring you?

If the answer is no, it’s time to change that. Your home is your sanctuary from the chaos that you may encounter in the world. It should make you feel happy, safe and relaxed.

Are you struggling to create a relaxing environment in your home? Here are 7 things you need to make your home a stress-free haven.
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To change the feel of your home, there are a few adjustments that you can make for a more peaceful atmosphere.

First things first though – to create a calm home environment you need to get rid of the clutter. Clutter only creates more stress.

Once the clutter is gone, get your hands on these 7 things to make your home a stress-free haven.

 

What you need in your home to make it feel more relaxing

 

1. Plants

Plants are a home’s best friend. They not only have the ability to light up any room, but they naturally purify the air.

Whether they’re on the windowsill or hanging from the ceiling, their versatility allows you to get really creative with how you decorate.

If your green thumb isn’t the greatest, try buying low-maintenance plants like succulents or cacti. Depending on the type, these kind of plants usually only require watering at most once a week.

Here are some of the best houseplants to create a stress-free environment >>

 

 

2. Essential Oil Diffuser

You know that scent of tranquility that hits you as soon as you walk into a spa that makes you never want to leave? You can recreate that feeling in your home with an essential oil diffuser.

I choose essential oils over candles and air fresheners because a lot of those have yucky, toxic chemicals that I don’t want in my home.

With an endless selection of oils, there are so many different types of scents you can choose from. My favorite relaxing scents are lavender, rose and vanilla. 💆🏻

A welcoming scent is the perfect addition to a peaceful home environment.

 

3. Natural light

A few years ago, I would never open my curtains because it was “too inconvenient” to open them and close them every day (I know, what a #LazyMillenial.) These days, I have to always be near a window to feel energized.

Natural light instantly boosts your mood, makes you more productive, and promotes calmness.

We need natural light to be happy, that’s why “get some fresh air” is a thing and why some people feel depressed during winter.

Letting the light in is a key factor in stress management and it’s plain ol’ good for the soul. So open up those blinds or opt-in for a window seat at the coffee shop – your mind and body need it.

 

4. A landing strip

Are you guilty of unloading everything on the counter as soon as you get home?

A landing strip would be the perfect addition to your home to make it a more organized and stress-free environment.

A landing strip is a functional, organized place near your front door where you can unload the things that you’re carrying. It’s perfect for keys, coats, mail, change, and anything else you might have on hand.

Some things that you can include:

  • Hooks for coats and keys
  • Small table for your purse/wallet
  • Bowl for change
  • Baskets for mail
  • Mirror for last-minute checks
  • Wastebasket
  • Shoe rack

Not only will it make your home more organized and stress-free by keeping these things in one place, but it’ll create calmer mornings. No scrambling around trying to find everything –  everything is already exactly where you need it to be.

Here are some landing strip ideas to get you started.

 

5. Sacred space

Create a happy place in your home. It can be a whole room, a nook, or even just a chair.

The point here is to create a space where you do nothing but relax. No electronics, no screens, just you and your sanctuary.

Whether your version of relaxing is reading, meditating or doing crossword puzzles, this creates an oasis for you to retreat to when you need some zen time.

I know some people who have a corner with cushions and a shelf with things that make them happy, while others have a chair and a basket with books, crystals, and essential oils. Personalize it in a way that makes you feel the most relaxed.

This should be the kind of relaxation room in your home that if your family knows you’re there, they know not to disturb you. It’s the perfect addition to your home to make it a stress-free haven.

 

6. Replacements for unnecessary reminders

When I say reminders I mean: wall clocks, bills on the fridge, deadlines etc. We have the time easily accessible on our phones, computer, in the kitchen, or on the TV, so why do we need another thing ticking away?

Bills shouldn’t be a stressor but there should be a time and place to handle these. Having them in your face 24/7 only puts more unnecessary pressure on yourself.

Instead of hanging up bills all over your home, create a calendar for due dates and store them in a folder. Make time throughout the week to sit down and review these things so you’re always on track of your finances and important deadlines.

Your home should be an oasis, not reminder central. It may seem trivial but having things up around your house that don’t make you feel 100% at ease won’t help you create a relaxing home.

To replace unnecessary reminders, buy décor that inspires you and gives you that sanctuary feel.

 

7. Cozy textures

You need to be comfortable in your home to create a stress-free environment. Think cozy blankets, soft pillows, cozy rugs – anything that makes you feel cozy and warm – two things that counteract stress and worry.

There’s something about getting out of bed and scrunching your toes onto a soft, wool rug that gives you all the peaceful feels.

On top of having comfortable furniture in your home, toss a wool blanket on the couch or place soft lounging pillows on the floor.

Not only will surrounding yourself with tranquil textures make you feel more relaxed, but it will also make your home look more inviting.

Here’s some soft texture inspo on Pinterest to give you some ideas. >>


Your home is meant to be a place of comfort where you can unwind, heal and grow. Making small adjustments gradually will help you turn your home into a stress-free haven and make it truly feel like home.

Now over to you…what things do you have in your home to make your home peaceful and tranquil?

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12 Mind, Body and Soul Activities to Relieve Stress Fast and Help You Relax

Between work demands, home responsibilities, constant digital connection, and everything else going on in the world, stress is an inevitable part of our lives.

While we can’t just flip a switch and be immune to stress, we do have control over how much we let it affect us.

Do you constantly feel stressed? Take back your life with these 12 mind, body and soul ideas to help you relax and relieve stress fast.
*This post may contain affiliate links that earn me a small commission, at no additional cost to you. I only recommend products I personally use and love, or think my readers will find useful.

The truth is if you leave stress unchecked, you’re more likely to feel run down and it can even lead to disease. That’s why stress management is an important part of a healthy and happy lifestyle (April also happens to be National Stress Awareness Month!)

To show up as the best version of yourself, you have to learn to arm yourself with the tools you need to work through stress and not against it.

Here are 12 mind, body and soul ideas that will help you relax and relieve stress fast.

 

Mind

Take a few minutes to Meditate

I know it sounds woo-woo, but there’s so much power in intentionally shutting down your mind for at least a few minutes every day.

Some of the most successful people swear by daily meditation, including Steve Jobs, Ellen DeGeneres, and Oprah Winfrey.

When you meditate you’re giving your brain a break from the constant stimulus allowing you to think clearer and feel calmer.

You don’t have to meditate for long either. Try starting with 2 minutes, then 5 and go from there. Just like anything, it takes practice and you should start small.

If you’re a beginner, here’s a great article from Zen Habits on how to get started with meditation >>>

 

Repeat an empowering affirmation or mantra

When you’re stressed you’re probably thinking thoughts that aren’t serving you. We know our thoughts have a huge impact on how we feel so to make sure that you’re not making things worse, try using that energy to create positive thoughts.

I find it helpful to create a list or print out a few of my favorite affirmations and place them somewhere visible where I often get stressed, like at my desk. Here are some of my favorites for when I’m feeling overwhelmed:

  • I am at peace.
  • All is well.
  • This too shall pass.
  • I am in control of my emotions and right now I choose happiness.

Read this next: How to Practice Positive Self-Talk to Feel Happy and Confident

 

Clear your space

Let’s be real, in college my room was always a big ol’ mess. But now, I’m a big advocate for a tidy space because I saw a huge a difference in how I feel when I became more organized.

Every night I take at least 10 minutes to clear the clutter around the areas that I spend most of my time at: my desk, my nightstand, the bathroom, and kitchen. It’s no fun waking up to a messy house and feeling the stress creep in.

If you find yourself stressed, check your environment. Are you surrounded by clutter? Do you have 5 minutes right now to tidy up?

You’ll see that making it a point to keep your space organized will help take the load off and relieve stress fast.

Do you constantly feel stressed? Take back your life with these 12 mind, body and soul ideas to help you relax and relieve stress fast.

 

Visualize yourself with no worries

Make yourself comfortable wherever you are, close your eyes, and picture yourself in your happy place. Set yourself up in a peaceful scene where you have no worries in the world.

Whether that’s at a future vacation spot, your backyard, or surrounded by your friends, guide your mind to a more positive space.

Another powerful way to relieve stress fast and enter a more calm state of mind is to visualize yourself having a smooth rest of your day.

Imagine this: You’re not stressed, you’re in good spirits, you finish all your work on time, your boss compliments you, you have a stimulating conversation with your coworkers, you make another sale, and may even leave work early.

Instead of letting your thoughts spiral into a negative downward hill, you guide them in a more positive direction that promotes relaxation.

 

Body

Find something warm

Heat naturally relaxes us. That’s why opting for something warm when you’re stressed will comfort you and relieve the tension you’re holding.

Whether it’s tea, coffee, or a warm bath, your body can easily find relaxation when presented with a warm stimulant. A lot of people reach for a warm drink in the morning because it just feels darn good. Your muscles relax and you enter a state of calm.

Opt for something warm next time you’re stressed and see how it helps you unwind and destress.

Do you constantly feel stressed? Take back your life with these 12 mind, body and soul ideas to help you relax and relieve stress fast.

 

Release body tension

When you’re stressed, your whole body tenses up. Try being mindful of this and actively relaxing every part of your body.

Common parts of the body that tend to hold a lot of stress include the jaw, hands, shoulders, back, and neck. When you release the stress from each body part, picture all the negative emotions leaving each area.

It’s also helpful to give yourself reminders throughout the day to stay aware of your posture. If you sit at a computer all day set a reminder to unclench your jaw, push your shoulders back, and relax your arms. You’ll see how much lighter your body will feel.

 

Practice yoga

I have a love affair with yoga. Once I got into it, I questioned how I ever did without it. There’s something about stretching every inch of your body combined with controlled breathing that makes it the ultimate stress relief.

It instantly makes you feel more relaxed, grounded and stress-free.

The great thing is that you can reap the benefits with even just 5 minutes of stretching.

Check out quick beginner exercises for stress relief here. Or if you’re looking for stretches that you can do from your work desk check these out.

Do you constantly feel stressed? Take back your life with these 12 mind, body and soul ideas to help you relax and relieve stress fast.

 

Drink magnesium

Did you know that when you’re stressed your body loses magnesium? Our body needs magnesium to regulate the nervous system so when we’re lacking it, it’s no wonder we feel agitated.

Magnesium naturally helps the body feel less stressed and more relaxed, but most of us don’t get enough of it from what we’re eating. That’s why I’ve recently started taking Natural Vitality’s Natural Calm Anti-Stress powdered drink mix.

After seeing a bunch of people recommend it because of its calming effect, I knew I had to get it. If you’re interested, here’s the the link to purchase.

 

Soul

Say no more often

How many times did you want to say no to something but felt obligated to say yes? Too many times to count, right?

Doing this causes an enormous amount of stress, even when we don’t realize it. The more you say yes without having boundaries, the more things on your plate and the more overwhelmed you’ll feel.

This is something that I’m working on too but I’ve recently been trying to go by this rule: If it’s not a hell yes, then it’s a no. I’ve made it a point to stop saying yes to sh*t I hate.

The thing to remember is that you’re not being rude for saying no. It’s self-care – it’s a way of taking care of yourself and setting limitations because no one else is going to do it for you.

Paying attention to your needs and setting strong boundaries are key steps in stress management.

 

Practice breathing work

Taking the time to breathe does wonders for your stress levels.

Think about a time that you were extremely stressed and felt anxious. Was your breathing short and shallow or long and deep?

Short breathing is usually a marker of stress, while deep breathing gives us a boost of oxygen and helps calm us down.

When we take a moment to focus on our breathing, we increase our awareness of the present moment, enter a relaxed state of mind, and help subside thoughts that aren’t serving us.

The best part of it is that breathing exercises are easy to learn and you don’t need anything but yourself to take part in it.

Here are some simple and quick breathing exercises you can try >>>

Do you constantly feel stressed? Take back your life with these 12 mind, body and soul ideas to help you relax and relieve stress fast.

 

Listen to music that speaks to your soul

Go ahead and bust out the headphones, friends. Listening to music that you love instantly boosts your mood and fuels your brain with all the feel-good signals.

The next time you’re feeling stressed, jam out to your favorite song and really let yourself feel the music. If you’re at work, step outside or go to your car for a few minutes and sing your heart out. Or if you’re more of the sitting back and relaxing type, just tune in and let the stress melt away.

While I love playing music throughout the day, I also enjoy putting on music to do things I don’t fully enjoy doing (dirty dishes, I’m talking to you.)

It makes it feel like way less of a chore and it automatically turns into something that does not stress me out. I also love listening to podcasts but I’ll save that for another blog post 😉

 

Write down your thoughts

Sometimes letting it out all out on paper is the best thing to do. And it actually makes you feel a whole lot better.

When you feel stressed, your mind is probably a cluttered mess. Journaling out what you feel right now helps to release any negative emotions that you may be holding onto. It can also help you understand the stressors in your life so you can better handle stressful situations the next time around.

Ask yourself, how do I feel right now? What’s causing me stress? Is it worth letting it affect me in this way? What can I do next time to better manage my stress?

Stress indicates that you need to put on the brakes or do something differently, so journaling it out will help you work through it instead of working against it.

Read this next: How to Get The Most Out of Journaling to Become More in Tune With Yourself

 

 


 

Now over to you…what are some things you do to help you relieve stress fast? Let me know in the comments below!

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How to be Mindful Daily to Slow Down and Simplify Your Life

How often do you really appreciate the present moment?

If you’re saying not enough, I’m right there with ya.

The truth is that we’re all guilty of being distracted.

Practicing mindfulness daily allows us to let go of unnecessary mental clutter and enter a state of calm that helps simplify our days. Here are 6 ways to be mindful daily.

Whether we’re eating, driving, working, or cleaning, we’re often thinking ahead or dwelling on the past leaving no room to take in the moment that we’re experiencing.

Our awareness of the present moment becomes clouded and cluttered. These spiraling thoughts that hijack our present often turn into worries that only makes us feel even more stressed, tired and overwhelmed.

Mindfulness helps us find calm amidst the chaos in our minds (and the world), creates distance from stressful thoughts, and strengthens our ability to see the world in a more positive light.

We can be mindful anywhere, anytime.

 

What is mindfulness?

According to Mindful, “mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.”

Being mindful helps us to be open, intentional and nonjudgemental. When we create mindful moments throughout the day, we create moments that allow us to slow down and appreciate the little experiences that make up our lives. After all, it’s the little things that make life big.

Once you declutter your mind of unnecessary thoughts and worries, the quicker you can gently move your attention to the present and enter a state of calm.

The more you practice it, the more your mind will naturally lean towards it. And when you’re mindful daily, the simpler your days become.

So how can you practice mindfulness? Here are 6 ways to be mindful daily to slow down and simplify your life.

 

HOW TO BE MINDFUL DAILY

1. Focus on the present

Mindfulness is all about being all here, right now.

We’re so used to thinking ahead, wishing we were someplace else or dwelling on the past.

Being mindful challenges you to stop worrying so much about the past and future. Realize that right now, you’re well. You’re alive and breathing. You are safe. In any given situation, you can use your five senses and ask yourself:

  • What am I seeing right now?
  • What does it smell like?
  • What do I hear?
  • What are my hands, feet, or back touching?

And bask in that.

 

2. Listen to your thoughts

Instead of judging your thoughts, become a gentle observer of your feelings and surroundings.

Pretend you’re a tourist encountering something for the first time. Simply notice and let your thoughts come and go without any labeling. Notice what’s going around you with an open, beginners mind.

If any judgments arise, take note of them, and let them go. Then simply, bring your focus back to the present.

Practicing this strengthens the awareness you have over your mind and gives you control over what thoughts you let affect you.

Read this next: How to Practice Positive Self-Talk to Feel Happy and Confident

 

3. Pay attention to your breath

Since breathing comes naturally, we don’t usually pay attention to it. But we totally should.

When you take time to really breathe, it calms your mind and helps to ease any anxiety you may be feeling.

Next time you begin an activity, pause and take three slow, deep breaths or simply take a few minutes out of your day to tune into your breathing.

The beauty of it is that you don’t have to stop what you’re doing or go somewhere else, you simply do. When you start to pay attention to things that we normally take for granted, it becomes easier to be mindful throughout the day.

Practicing mindfulness daily allows us to let go of unnecessary mental clutter and enter a state of calm that helps simplify our days. Here are 6 ways to be mindful daily.

 

4. Tap into that feeling of getting lost in the flow

You know that feeling you get when you’re doing something that you love?

Whether it’s playing a sport, listening to music, or being creative – you’re in this bubble of inspiration and your mind becomes entirely absorbed in the activity. With a sense of heightened awareness, your actions become effortless and you fully enjoy every minute that passes.

Imagine if we intentionally did everything with that kind of flow, joy, and awareness.

A good way to tap into that feeling is to incorporate more things that make you feel in the flow into your daily routine. What lights you up? What makes you want to slow down time? How can you integrate those things into your daily routine?

 

5. Focus on one thing at a time

Would you rather do one thing well or do numerous things poorly?

It’s said that people who multitask all the time are “chronically distracted.” Most people are not great multitaskers, no matter how much they think they are.

The problem with multi-tasking is that your focus is scattered and your full attention is not being dedicated to any task. By focusing on one thing at a time, it helps you clear any unnecessary mental clutter and conquer one task more efficiently.

When you practice being mindful daily, the easier it’ll get to notice when you’ve become distracted (which will inevitably happen) and gently move your attention back to the task at hand.

 

6. Find joy in the simple things

You know what kids are great at: finding the joy in anything. They can literally be putting their socks on and they think it’s the greatest thing ever. What if we were more like them?

Next time you’re making the bed, taking a walk, watering the plants – practice being in the moment (back to #1) and appreciate how it feels, how it looks, and what’s happening around you.

Connect with that moment and use it as an opportunity to slow down and appreciate. When you’re mindful, it turns mundane tasks into delightful moments.

Read this next: How to Practice Gratitude Daily for a Better Quality of Life


 

There are many ways to be mindful, but the simple concept to remember is to focus on the present moment that you’re experiencing right now. While every moment presents an opportunity to slow down, it’s about being intentional with where your thoughts go and using mindfulness to simplify your life by clearing unnecessary mental clutter.

Now over to you…do you practice mindfulness? How has it helped you? Let me know in the comments below!

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