The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.– Capt. Jack Sparrow, The Pirates of the Caribbean
RECAP: Essential Habits of Adulthood
My Essential Habits of Adulthood are as follows (in no particular order):
- Skincare Routines
- Regular Exercise
- Healthy Eating
- Practicing Mindfulness
- Good Night’s Sleep
We have covered skincare routines and regular exercises and eating healthy. All of which are major factors in contributing to mindfulness and a good-nights sleep! If you haven’t had the chance to read the previous blog posts, they are linked above. But let’s get started on our mindfulness journey!
Mindfulness & Me
At the beginning of my blog writing journey, I wrote a blog about The Importance of Being Mindful. If you missed it, don’t feel bad! We will talk more about it right now. This topic is dear to my heart because I have found mindfulness to be a huge contributor to my ongoing battle with depression.
I always knew I showed signs of depression. I avoided the doctors because I didn’t want to acknowledge the truth. Even though there are various amounts of treatment plans for depression, I was afraid to go down that rabbit hole. Finally, after seeing a doctor, she confirmed my diagnosis. She was prepared to put me on medication and send me off to a therapist. I decided to work it out for myself.
Practicing mindfulness does not require an initial problem. I think practicing mindfulness early is a great way to be proactive about potential stresses and overwhelming feelings that are bound to happen during life. I just so happened to be reactive in this situation.
Steps to Being Mindful
I have shared some mindful activities in my previous post, but I would like to add on to that list. Here are 3 additional steps you could take begin your mindful habits:
- Self-Care: Take time to focus on you! Teach yourself about your likes and dislikes; what makes you cringe and what makes you smile. Recognize that your ALWAYS a person first… flaws and all.
- Exercise: It doesn’t need to be extremely challenging or cause fatigue. It also does not require just physical movement. Exercise of the body and mind can help bring solace and rejuvenation.
- Growth Mindset: Being open to change, opinions, and differing views than your own brings the ability to learn and grow. It also brings a flood of relief to know that your not expected to know everything!
COVID-19 has shook the lives and well being of the entire globe. We are learning and adapting to new ways of shopping, socializing, and working. It has given us some serious alone time as well. So I challenge you right now to:
- Take 2 minutes to close your eyes and sit in silence
- Think about what is worrying you the most
- Think about what you are thankful for most
- Consider how you will start practicing more mindful activities from here on out!
Until next time, stay safe & healthy
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