Busy weeks and workload often messes with our head and makes us go insane. Tea and coffee consumption feels good till a point in time but excess caffeine consumption makes things worse leading to nausea and sleep problems. In such a situation, all that an individual craves for is-Peace of mind.
According to studies, psychological exercises and mindful activities can help reduce anxiety and refrain negative thoughts from popping repeatedly.
You can bring your senses back to normal by performing fun mindfulness activities, and these are so simple that you can practice them even on your busiest days.
Let’s start exploring
1) 5-10 minutes of mindful breathing
Get out of bed 5-10 minutes earlier than your usual wake-up time. You don’t need to roll out a yoga mat or put extra effort to do this- Sit in a comfortable position in your bed itself and practice mindful breathing. Rub your hands, gently caress over your face and feel the calmness. Hopefully, you’ll be set to work with a clear mind for rest of the day.
For those who don’t know what mindful breathing is –Click here
2) Sip your morning cup of tea/ coffee or juice mindfully
Checking our phones is the first thing in the day most of us do these days, which of course we shouldn't be doing . Come on, your online social life can wait but mindful time won’t. Try to cherish the real moments like paying attention to the aroma of your drink, feel the temperature of your drink (don’t be too serious about excessive hot ones), move your hand on the textures of your cup/glass, and observe the sensations at that moment.
Also read: Mindful eating
3) Walk mindfully
We humans are so occupied with everything around us that we forget what’s actually around us. Next time when you go for a walk, listen to different sounds in your environment or feel the pressure on your feet as you walk, experience the moment as you switch your legs on the ground while walking, or simply look out for things you’ve never noticed before. Trust us, you’ll be amazed!
4) Feel your emotions without judgment
At the end of the day, write down how you felt the whole day. The ups and downs, happy moments, weird moments and give yourself space to think the reasons behind them. Track the patterns daily and ask yourself “How am I feeling right now?” during bedtime. You’ll realize that the intensity of the emotions will start to fade after your mini self-talk.
Also read: How to be mindful when angry?
5) 'Don’t know mind' technique
It is one of the best techniques to let go of the worries. When you find yourself stuck in a situation and you can’t seem to find a proper solution, observe what’s going in your head for a few moments and then say these words “I don’t know what will happen and that’s okay”. This will make you embrace the uncertainty and bring acceptance that no matter what happens, it is going to be alright, and make you less attached to the outcome.
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We all are busy in our respective lives, no one has really got time for long self-care routines. But we must remember that mental peace is pivotal and taking out a few minutes every day to perform these simple and fun activities can help you nourish your mind. If your mind is stuck in an emotional situation and it is deteriorating your overall health, you must seek professional help before it creates any further troubles. Speak to a therapist on The Wellness Corner and if you think you are uncomfortable sharing your identity, choose anonymous consultations in that case.
Always remember, the best thing we can do is- Help ourselves by taking good care of our minds. It’s time for you to experiment and see which one works out the best for you.