Happy “25 Days of Courtmas” Day 2 (or 3?) To be mindful is to be conscious or aware of something, but it’s so much more than just “something.” It’s something so important, especially during this time of the year.
I personally have been caught up with finals, traveling to see family, figuring out what to give people as gifts, planning out my 2019 year, the list is endless. I haven’t exactly been “paying attention” and the only reason I have noticed this is because I’m realizing how quick the past month or two have gone by. With that being said, I wanted to share some tips on how to be mindful for the remainder of 2018, and how to start 2019 in this state of mind.
- Start conversation with the intention of having a conversation, not with the intention of giving a response. Genuinely listen to what the other person is saying, rather than plan what your response will be.
- Reflect on your day. This sounds so simple, but so often we are quick to jump into bed and try to fall asleep as quick as we can. Take even just 5 minutes before bed and reflect on your day; and focus on the positive parts. Reflection will help your mind become aware of your likes and dislikes, and will help you make changes in your day-to-day life.
- Understand that everyone is busy, it is not just you. Yes, it seems like everyone around us are always going out with friends, going on vacations, or enjoying their free time in some other way. But remember, especially around this time of the year, everyone is busy in their own way, they just show it differently. When people might not be available to see you when you are free, don’t be upset. It may have not worked out in their favor if you hadn’t been free either.
- Enjoy the little moments of your day, and write them down as you go. I say this second part because there are so many little things that make life so happy, and if you don’t write them down, you might forget. For me, the “little things” could be lighting a new candle scent, waking up feeling rested (and not half asleep), turning in an assignment and crossing it off of my agenda, planning my week ahead, doing my skincare routine, etc. Find out what the “little things” are for you, and do as many as you can.
- Enjoy your surroundings. If a clean room filled with fresh plants and an organized desk is where you feel most motivated, create that space for yourself. If going to a coffee shop is where you feel inspired, make it a point to go for a few hours. For me, I feel the most inspired while in my living room or bedroom with the lights dim, a candle lit, and instrumental jazz music (of course Christmas) playing.
I also attached some gifts below, to inspire mindfulness. Maybe you know someone that could use a pick-me-up? Or maybe you yourself need a reminder? Either way, enjoy these tips & small gifts below.