How To Stay Mindful In A Fast Paced World
It’s no secret that we live in a world that never shuts off. We’re constantly bombarded with various messages and typically glued to our devices on any given day. With the pace at which we’re living, it’s no wonder so many people suffer from illnesses and health issues. It’s difficult to stay mindful. The good news is that there are ways to slow down and get to a better place, both mentally and physically.
It’s time to stop letting the world control you and return to the driver’s seat of your own life. You’re putting your wellbeing at risk if you don’t begin to make changes soon. Think of how much happier and at peace you’ll be when you take time to stay mindful in a face paced world.
It’s as simple as taking breaks more often throughout your day. Walk away from your desk, fill your water bottle or look out the window for a few minutes. These small moments add up to a much more relaxed and mindful you. Your brain can only work at full capacity for so long before it needs a rest too. It’s all about knowing yourself and recognizing when you’re feeling tired and need to step away to re-energize. You’ll make fewer mistakes and be more alert. You won’t feel like you need to crash right when you get home from work.
Care for yourself
You can’t be mindful and in the present moment if you feel like crap. Eat well, exercise, laugh and get a good night’s sleep each day. Stay on top of your health like it’s your job because it’s what’s going to allow you to function at your best and have an abundance of natural energy. Use a calendar if you have to and enter in “me time” on a regular basis, whether that’s swimming laps or sitting on your patio. Put yourself ahead of your schedule and responsibilities for once. If you do, you’ll soon realize that you feel great and it all still gets done. No one else can do it for you; you have to put your foot down and refuse to let your daily tasks get the best of you.
Manage your Stress
Mindfulness is all about acknowledging your thoughts and then letting them pass. It’s in your control whether you let your mind take over and allow it to make you feel stressed. Manage your stress to stay mindful, regardless of the pace at which the world is happening around you. If you don’t get in front of it, you risk becoming caught up in the external universe and letting other people and situations upset you. Remember that it’s what you do in your downtime that matters most. This is because you’ll be able to remain mindful when faced with chaos in your environment.
Know how to Rest
Ask yourself, do you truly know how to rest and relax, or do you feel guilty each time you do? Stay mindful by grounding and centering yourself regularly. It’s not a practice you should pick up when you want for it to work. It has to become a part of who you are and how you live. Learn how to put your feet up, read a good book, drink tea and not care that your phone is going off nonstop. Your health suffers when you respond to others and work before giving yourself a break to breathe first. Consistently kick back and do whatever makes you happy and allows you to completely decompress.
Your first step is to surrender and admit you can’t do it all. Don’t be afraid to do this because there’s a tool called prioritizing that will help you get through this adjustment in your routine. Always make lists for all that’s on your mind and then prioritize the items. Focus on what needs to get done first and leave the other tasks to another day. This ranking and organizing truly works and it’s a lifesaver for someone who’s always on the go. This will keep your mind on what matters most and not ruminating about your entire year of to-dos. Remember to always keep some sort of wellness behavior near the top of your priority list each day.
Train your Brain
Unfortunately, you can’t wish, hope and want that you’re mindful. For the practice to work, you have to train your brain so that it is mindful. Do this by playing brain teasers, taking nature walks, reading books on mindfulness and practicing meditation and yoga. There’s no shortcut and you won’t master it overnight. Be patient with yourself and enjoy the experience of learning. Know that this way of thinking and slowing down is going to feel uncomfortable and strange at first, but don’t let that scare you away. Instead, take notice of how much better you feel and more enjoyable life becomes when you’re not always racing around and chasing.
Do more of what you Love
When you’re in a mindful state you’re free from others and society telling you what to do and how to think. It sounds cliché, but it’s true, mindfulness allows you to find who you are and the courage to explore your true desires. You’re your own person, moving along at the pace you wish to progress. Take time to do more of what you love and let your true self come to life. You’re simply more engaged and in tune with what’s in front of you when you’re following your passions and aren’t worried about judgments being passed. You’re living in the moment, with purpose and you’re happy. The craziness of what’s going on around you won’t seem so threatening to you and you’ll start to see your own judgments and criticism of others subside.
Always believe you can change and you will. Mindfulness is a practice and skill anyone can do if you put forth your best effort and stay patient with yourself. It’s a useful technique for anyone looking to not just to get by, but thrive in a fast paced and unpredictable world.
Katie Carlson is a seasoned professional with skills and experience in education, training, event planning, social media, blogging/writing, technology, marketing and customer service. She’s been published on websites such as SheKnows and Thought Catalog. In her free time she loves playing soccer, golfing, running, cooking, volunteering, reading, traveling, having dinner with friends, being creative, writing, engaging in stimulating conversation, going to the beach and blogging, of course.
She resides in Wisconsin with her loving husband, James. Katie created The Social Being721 in order to make sure she practices what she preaches and takes time each day to reflect and give thanks and gratitude for the very special moments in life. She thought she’d have some fun doing it and share content her readers can connect with and embrace. It doesn’t have to be complicated or a place to make judgments, it just IS. Inspiration, laughter and human connections keep Katie rounded and motivated. She’s always hungry to learn and grow!