With our society and lives full of activities that keep us on the go and social media that shows at the seemly perfect lives of others, it is difficult to be content in our lives.
The rise in occurrences of depression and anxiety points to social media and constant bombardment of information as leading causes of stress.
Instead of jumping in any trying to change our overall way of thinking, starting small by making simple changes and staying in the moment can lead to profound changes in our attitude and thoughts.
I have found these three ways to be very helpful in my journey to finding my inner peace, mindfulness, and contentment.
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Do you truly know why you are on the go…go…go?
We all understand work and family commitments. What about all the volunteer commitments?
Are you the one always saying YES to committees, leading or coaching kids functions, help wherever whenever needed?
How can you create some space in your day to spend some time being mindful and focusing on the present moment?
For me, this may be 10 minutes of silence in the car while commuting…no radio, no audio books, no podcasts.
The first few times I turned off the extra activity, I felt a little lost and confused. What was all that silence! Am I really supposed to be lost in my own thoughts?
These few minutes have evolved into my personal mindful time in which I send out my gratitude to the universe and receive my own love and gratitude.
Simplify Actions and Be Mindful of One Thing at a Time
I am guilty of multi-tasking all the time. I’ve even mostly switched to audio books rather than sitting to read, so I can do other things at the same time. I do not watch television, but I can see how that would be huge distraction while performing other activities.
When was the last time, you were standing in line or waiting for a bus or elevator? Did you stand there reflecting on your day, or did you pick up your phone to check email, Facebook, Instagram, texts, everything else. Did you notice that everyone else spends their free moments doing the same thing?
What happens when you stay in the moment?
I have decided to no longer take out my cell phone when waiting for the elevator in my office building. This is generally a LONG wait since it goes up 42 floors.
Two things resulted from my few minutes of not using my cell phone.
- I walk into my office calmer and more ready to face the day.
- Not being on my cell phone is so unusual, that hardly a day goes by without someone giving me the “side eye” curious as to what I am doing.
Appreciate that moment
We lead such busy lives with so many things going on all the time that we forget to be in the moment.
Take a moment to just BE. Appreciate all that you have, the people in your life, and all the goodness you are fortunate enough to experience in your life.
We would love to hear in the comments how you put into practice your contentment!
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