Five Ways to be More Mindful
Being more mindful is something that can be achieved by setting parameters and guidelines. We think the biggest way to be more mindful is to start by just being more aware.
Did you know the average person will spend five years of their life on social media - five years!* It's kind of sad that you can spend the same amount of time on social media as the length of time that a kindergartner has been alive for. I"m sure you're rolling your eyes at us now and nodding that you get the point. But hey, the first step to fixing the problem is admitting there is one.
1. Set a timer on your phone for browsing on social media. How many times have you gone down a black hole on Instagram only to find out 40 minutes have passed? We get it, we've been there too. By giving yourself a time limit you can nip this problem in the bud.
2. Quit pulling out your phone to fill time - whether it's in line at the grocery store, at a stop light, waiting for your coffee to brew, etc. Not being entertained every single second of the day is okay.
3. Focus on what you are doing when you're doing it. If you are in a Fierce Movement class, be present with your breath and the exercise. If you are at work, focus on the task at hand. Try to cultivate your ability to be mindful by only doing one thing at a time. We know this is easier said than done, but it will get easier with practice.
4. Speaking of breath, spend a few minutes just focusing only on that. If possible, lie on the ground with one hand over your stomach and the other over your heart. Feeling your belly rise and fall with each inhale and exhale. Spend a few minutes focusing on slowing your inhales and exhales and feeling yourself connect to your body and breath.
5. Unplug and get outside. Go for a walk and notice your surroundings - the fresh air, the scent, the warmth of the sun on your face, etc.