In a world full of doing doing doing it’s important to take a moment to just breathe, to just be.
Studies have shown mindfulness meditation can improve our ability to solve problems and focus. – Jonathan Greenberg, Karen Reiner, Nachshon Meiran.
The breeze is so rejuvenating.
It’s kind of ridiculous, when you think about it, but the sunshine and flowers and breeze all make us feel so much more cheerful. And productive. And ready for a fresh start!
If you’re looking for a fresh start but want to start slow, with simple steps (rather than decluttering your entire house in a weekend – I find that daunting too!), consider these mindfulness habits. They’ll make your life more fulfilled, focused, and clear.
- Practice gratitude. Think every day of something you’re thankful for, especially when you wake up and before you go to sleep. Before long, the pattern will become habitual even in frustrating situations.
- Notice what’s going on around you (Read, put your phone away where you can’t see or hear it). Go for a walk, and purposefully notice what’s around you. Allow your mind to absorb what’s around you.
- Take time throughout the day to take a deep breath in, count to three, then a deep breath out. Use your diaphragm, ribs, and throat. Focus on how the breath fills you with life.
- Turn down (or off) that noise. Turn off the TV, your smartphone, your tablet – even Alexa! Commit to it during regular periods of time for a couple of weeks. You’ll realize you don’t really miss it!
- Be fully present during a conversation, giving undivided attention to the person you’re speaking with. Be mentally present – it’s surprising how often we aren’t.
- Clear out old apps on your phone or tablet. If you haven’t used it in more than a month, get rid of it! A little housekeeping is good for the soul.
- Read anything – a comic book, a magazine, a novel. It focuses the mind and slows your thoughts.
- Smile at strangers. It’s fun! You never know whose day you can brighten.
Take this opportunity as the weather continues turning warmer and brighter to focus in on living a simpler life. It’s worth doing, for sure.
As you hone in on healthy habits, don’t forget to schedule your annual checkup with a gynecologist. It can prevent major issues from becoming too serious, and it’s a chance to talk over any concerns or issues you haven’t had time to take care of yet. Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!
Dr. Julie Drolet
P.S. Bring a book to your appointment and take the opportunity to read a few pages. Mindfulness!