There’s a lot to keep up with these days—our jobs, the latest beauty trends, and the news. With so many things pulling our attention, it’s easy to feel stressed and overwhelmed. The practice of mindfulness not only helps calm the mind but helps us build a healthy relationship with the world around us.
What is Mindfulness?
Sometimes the answers to our questions are as obvious as they seem. Mindfulness is the practice of being mindful — purposefully rooting yourself to the present, and not getting absorbed by worries, insecurities, or fears. Shifting your thoughts away from your usual preoccupations toward an appreciation of the moment can improve mental well-being and bring a sense of peace and calm.
How do I practice Mindfulness?
There are many ways to practice mindfulness. Most commonly, mindfulness is done through meditation. Standard mindfulness meditation includes sitting quietly, maybe with the lights off, and focusing on your breathing. In and out— and letting your thoughts pass through your head with ease. Some people like to focus on a mantra or intention like “I can do it!” If you don’t want to meditate, that’s okay. Some other ways to practice mindfulness include:
Journaling is a safe outlet that allows you to express your thoughts and feelings without fear of ridicule or criticism. Writing out how you feel can help you gain control of your emotions and understand them more clearly.
Though people may not think it, scents are powerful. Different smells create different responses from our bodies. Why do you think we automatically scrunch our face and pinch our nose when we walk past a pile of garbage? Aromatherapy works by placing an essential oil in a diffuser and letting the scent of the oil fill the room you’re in. The type of essential oil will depend on the mood you are trying to achieve. For instance, Lavender essential oil works great for relaxation while Sweet Orange essential oil will create an energized mood.
Do you practice mindfulness? How do you do it? Tag us on Instagram @skyoragnics.us with your answers!