Mindful Living 101

It can be hard to catch a breath most days. We are driven by our never ending to do list, and are constantly changing our agenda depending on the needs of our family, friends and workplace. When we do this, we can neglect ourselves and we consistently live in a hyper-tense state. Living with this constant stress and pressure is not healthy for us or the people we do life with. So what can we do to change this?

The practice of Mindfulness could be just what you need to help you through the day. In the Watersedge Go 30 Days Alcohol Free Challenge, Mindfulness is described as “an awareness of everything around you, what is within you and how you are feeling.” It is a simple way of pausing for a moment and letting the tension go. In this infographic by Jen Moff, we are shown what Mindfulness is and how it can help us.

Rather than just being a solution to our stress, this infographic highlights that Mindfulness is a lifestyle. It isn’t complicated- rather it is a change in your perspective and habits. Ultimately, it means living with a focus on Authenticity, Openness, Intentionality and Grace. Using mindfulness as a strategy to curb our self-destructive behaviours can relieve us of stressors and habits that hurt us. In fact, the infographic shows the three fold benefits of the practice personally, spiritually and professionally. So if you want to care for yourself and simultaneously forge a platform to become more accomplished and creative at work, this could be for you!

How do you practice mindfulness?

There is no one way for you to do this, but ultimately it comes down to you being still and focusing on your breathing. The infographic gives you several ways to live in a Mindful state, but to get started take 1 minute to focus on your breath. Breathe in and out slowly and deeply. If your mind wanders, that's okay – just go back to your focus.

At the end of the exercise, ask yourself the following questions:

How did I feel before the exercise?

How do I feel now?

What physical changes did you notice?

What mental or emotional changes did you notice?

Mindfulness is simple, but it will take practice. So take a moment to step out of your day and care for yourself. As this infographic shows, when we consciously live with an awareness of what is around us, we can become more fulfilled and live a happier life.

Mindful Living 101

Do you want to learn more about mindfulness? Do you desire to be bold, be daring and be you? Sign up for our free ‘Go 30 days Alcohol Free’ Challenge here and step into 2015 with new confidence. Contact WatersedgeCounselling on 0434 337 245 for a FREE 10-minute phone consultation on how we can best help you or press book now to book in our online diary.

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