These days it has gotten more and more difficult to switch off. We’re constantly going back and forth between high-stress environments, such as: driving, working, running errands, going to the gym, picking up kids, dropping off kids, checking emails, making meals – then falling into bed exhausted at the end of the day, just to do it all again tomorrow!
Here are some ways to be more mindful in your daily life:
- Appreciate the weather, the trees, the world that glides by your windows. Admire the colors.
- Turn up the radio and sing along!
- Play a podcast about a topic that interests you, and learn something new.
- Turn all sounds off, roll down the windows, and think about the things you’re grateful for, and what you’re looking forward to. Breathe deep.
While at work:
- Pause for a moment to do at least 3 “desk stretches.”
- Any time you answer a phone call, stand up and shake out your legs.
- If on your feet all day at work, take a 5-minute break to sit and quietly relax. Sip some water or tea with True Lemon.
- Take a moment to sit on a park bench, no distractions, and watch everything going on in the world around you.
While running errands:
- When waiting in line, don’t just turn to your phone. Pause and take some deep breaths, or strike up a short conversation with the person next to you.
- Pet a dog that’s waiting outside the store.
- Stop and smell the flowers. No, really. If you see some beautiful flowers, even just on display at the grocery store, stop and smell them!
While checking emails:
- Light a candle with a soothing smell, or warm some essential oils.
- Sip on a hot cup of broth, or a spicy chai tea. Wrap your hands around the mug and enjoy the warmth and comfort.
While preparing meals:
- Smell the foods you’re preparing, and appreciate them. Think for a moment about where they came from, and be thankful for the people who cultivated them.
- Bring family or friends into the kitchen and have them provide a helping hand with washing or chopping. Ask them about their day, and what’s going on in their lives.
Being open to when you can fit in these moments of self-care can go a long way in your overall health. It doesn’t take a lot of time, just a little extra awareness. Practice makes perfect, so be aware, be mindful, and be happy!
[Credit: Dr. Mary Bove. “7 Easy Ways to Do Self-Care When You’re Too Exhausted to Think About It.” Mind Body Green.]