It is not only employees who bring work home with them. The pressures of work are also felt by mums and dads working from home who are juggling family, life and being an entrepreneur. In fact, with so much to do and focus on each day, it is a little wonder that at times you feel like your life is not balanced. However, e
A question to ponder. ‘Is it employers or contractors that expect more from staff or freelancers? or is it us that puts the pressure and stress on ourselves?’
I know as mums we put pressure on ourselves to complete so much in a day.
It is not only work that overloads us. It is trying to put too much into our schedules or trying to balance too many tasks at once. Yes, in a way, the fast past society we live in is calling for greater productivity. Yet, greater productivity should not come at the cost of health. For, as you know our health deteriorates with stress and anxiety.
To reduce stressful activities that could lead to burnout, it is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle. For
Your work life effects your personal life as your personal life effects your work life. Therefore to maintain a healthy balanced life it is vital to look within ourselves for guidance.
One way to discover guidance from within is to practice the art of mindfulness.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness as described by mindful.org is the art of being present.
Being fully present and aware in what you are doing in the current moment. It is using our senses to be aware of thoughts, feelings, body sensations and the environment.
Lives are so busy. So often we are busy missing the moments by focussing on the future or looking back at the past. Life is passing us by. Mindfulness helps us stay connected to the present. Mindfulness is choosing how to show up in life.
The Benefits of Mindfulness.
If you truly want to change your life, you first must be willing to change your mind.Donald Altman
Being mindful is a way to help with everyday life. It helps with;
- Self awareness
- Getting through tough and painful times
- Connectivity with others and the world around you
- Self acceptance
- To become more emotionally balanced
- Living a more balanced life
All too often as mums, wives, the home maker, employees, entrepreneurs, small business owners we have a lot going on in our heads. Our thoughts are buzzing. Mindfulness can help as bring calm and focus to what is required there and then.
Being mindful helps with living a more balanced life in all spheres of life. At work, with family and friends, in the community and during the activities we enjoy.
6 Ways To Practice Mindfulness.
Becoming more mindful is training your brain to silence and be present in the moment. As much as many people choose to put time aside for formal mindfulness like meditation, it is not a must.
Mindfulness is the act of choosing to be present in daily activities like walking, swimming, cleaning and working. It is choosing routines to be present in like washing dishes, eating dinner with the family. Mindfulness can be practised at any time, any place.
If you have a smart watch you may every so often receive a message to breath. The breathing apps are there to help with mindfulness. A large part of mindfulness is focussing on the breathing.
- To focus on breathing simply sit or lie comfortably with your back straight.
- Focus your attention on your body. Close your eyes and mentally scan your body from head to toe. This helps to calm your thoughts.
- Bring your attention to your breathing. Pay attention to the air flow as you inhale and exhale. Breathe naturally.
- Tune your attention to components of your breathing. How the air feels. The rise and fall of your lungs as you breathe.
- Take deep breathes with longer exhales and then return to normal breathing.
- If your mind wanders bring it back to the breathe. It is only natural that it will wander.
- Slowly open your eyes and take note of how you feel after your mindful breathing exercise.
Observing your breath is a powerful mindfulness method that with regular practice can reduce anxiety and increase positivity and productivity.
Enjoy a Mindful Walk.
Going for a walk is a great way to calm the mind. In fact, mindful walking is an awesome way to shout out your thoughts as you bring your awareness to your walking and the environment your walking in.
I walk daily in different environments and find that walking is so relaxing and rejuvenating. After a walk I feel more awake and refreshed. I find a mindful walk really positive and find that it ignites creativity.
When you walk, start by walking at your natural pace and bring your senses to life one at a time. Pay attention to what you hear, embrace the smells and feel the ground as you walk. Your mind may wander back to your thoughts but bring it back to being aware of your surroundings and the steps you are taking. Listen and enjoy with all your senses.
Sitting at a desk or doing the same task for long periods is no good for anyone. This is where mindful stretching can help. Purposeful stretching can assist with the transferring of energy including the relieving of stress not only to the body but also the mind.
There are multiple different practices with different techniques for mindful movement. Some are;
- Tai chi
Stretching maybe a natural exercise, however guidance on which exercises and how to breathe when exercising is recommended.
Thoughtfully Prioritizing The Day.
Avoid multi-tasking and tackle one task at a time. When you focus on one thing with clarity it is accompolished more quickly and thoroughly.
So you are present for one thing, it is essential to switch off communication and tune out what is not required for the task.
Also, be mindful when with people. It is when you are in the present giving your full attention to family, friends and people that you connect and create moments.
In my family we have a rule, no phones at the dinner table. At dinner we believe in family communication and chatting to each other. One of the questions we share each day is what inspired us each that day and why.
Sharing what inspired you each day is one way to share a mindful moment.
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Journaling For Mindful Reflection.
Journaling is mindfully writing down daily observations and/or reflections.
What I have found with journaling and keeping a bullet journal is the connections to my beliefs, habits and behaviours. I’ve found that journalling is not only a way to hold past stories but is also a way to mindfully reflect and adjust on life’s journey.
Related post:5 Ways to Start A Personal Journal
Meditation is one form of silencing the mind. There are different types of meditation, guided and non guided. If you haven’t tried meditation before a short guided meditation may be best for you.
Like mindfulness, meditation takes practice to get used to. It can be hard to stay
Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.Buddha
Throughout the day in all areas of your life engage in different mindfulness methods. Be present. Don’t let your future steal your present, for today matters the most.
Angie blogs about goals, productivity, blogging as well as living abroad. She started blogging while learning the skills to start an online business