MINDFUL MONDAY

“Your mind will always believe everything you tell it. Feed it faith. Feed it truth. Feed it with love.”

Good morning beauties! Being mindful can seem really difficult and overwhelming. So today I wanted to share  three easy tips with you guys that will make mindfulness a simple, everyday thing. These are all things I do to try to keep myself as present as possible. It’s still something I’m working on, too!

  1. Put your phone away. How often are your present while scrolling through social media? Never. Obviously, we are all going to be on our phones sometimes (that’s why I’ve chosen to follow people who uplift me and never give me the feeling of being “less than.”) but we need to break away sometimes. Forget about your phone for a few hours and give your kids your full attention, or yourself your full attention. You will be surprised to see how much of a difference forgetting about your phone will make in how present and aware you are!
  2. Send your useless thoughts away. This is something my sweet mother in law is always reminding me to do, and something I personally need to get better  at doing. Each time you have a useless thought (worrying about the future, stressing about the past, or anything negative in general) imagine sending the thought away in a bubble. I think that the biggest part of mindfulness is not to no longer have those thoughts, because we all are, but to recognize when they are happening and let them go as quickly as you can. This is something that will take a ton of practice, but it is so easy to try!
  3. Breathe through your stressful moments. Being stressed is so useless, am I right? Yet, it plagues so many of us, myself included. As you guys know, postpartum anxiety is something I am still struggling with, but this can be used for any stressful moments in anyone’s life! Anytime you are finding yourself lost in your head stressing about things you have no control over, stop and breathe. Try doing the previous tip, and just breathe through it until you feel a little better. This is something we have always done with our kids, and Amelia is really great at it. Anytime she is feeling overwhelmed, or upset, she stops and breathes deeply, then says she feels better! Wise little lady, that one! She is also always reminding those around her to breathe whenever she can sence they are not okay (even baby brother, which is just about the sweetest thing!).

These are all useful, simple things to try everyday, any day, at any time you feel they are needed. In my opinion, the biggest thing is to train yourself to recognize when you are NOT being present, and do your best to move on. It’s not easy, and it takes practice, but we are all in this together, and no one is expecting us to be perfect in any way!

Let me know if you try any of these today, and what you thought about your experience. You can comment here, or contact me on my Instagram!

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xo, Chels