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Resilience Starts With Values

Resilience Starts With Values

If you wanted to lose weight, get fitter and stronger, you would probably go about doing the following:
•Join a gym
•Lift weights
•Walk more
•Cook more nutritious meals
•Rinse and repeat

As a result, over time, you would probably start to see definition in various body parts, more energy levels and better health markers all around. It doesn't happen overnight. However, you have to put in the work to see the benefits. Not only that, you have to keep putting in the work to keep those benefits.

Similarly, building mental resilience is no different. Just like you need to learn proper technique to exercise effectively in the gym, learning the "mental techniques" allows you to build your resilience capacity and mental strength.

 An important part of this is identifying your values. Previous research findings suggest that aligning with personal values helps people be more resilient in the face of stressful situations. For example, according to resilient school leaders, the process of "privately clarifying, publicly articulating, and consciously acting on" core values is a great source of strength in helping them face adversity and emerge stronger than before (Patterson and Kelleher, Resilient School Leaders. 2005, p. 51).

 Another study by Creswell and colleagues (2005) showed that reflecting on personal values buffered physiological and psychological stress responses during a laboratory stress challenge.
In essence, values provide a reason to keep going which is a cornerstone in becoming more resilient. For example, if "providing" and "safety" was an important value for you and you lost your job, it's easier to move quickly and seek out other jobs because you're aligning with your core values. The values themselves act as motivators.

Identifying values
Your values are the things that you consider to be important in life, such as leading, kindness, safety, freedom, helping others and so on. Let's start with a value affirmation task to align the values that are important to you and which you can harness during challenging periods in your life.

Step 1: Describe a stressful life event

Grab a piece of paper or pull out the notes app on your phone and take a moment to consider a challenging area in your life that is currently taking place. For example, you may have recently lost your job because of a pandemic or perhaps your partner has there is more pressure on you finically to provide for your family. Briefly, write down what this stressful life event is.

 Step 2: List reasons to come out the other side

Consider why it is worth it to you to keep going and get through this stressful, challenging period in your life. For example, getting through the challenge of losing a job and securing a new job may show your kids that overcoming adversity should be embraced, and therefore you have shown this by being a role model to them. They might see you as a "hero" as a result. Write down as many reasons as you can.

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Habits to Improve Your Confidence

Habits to Improve Your Confidence

With better self confidence comes with the feeling that you know you can be or do anything. For some people, it is a higher sense of self-esteem, while others believe it is more about what they can achieve than who they are. No matter what confidence means to you, here are some helpful tips for improving it.

Try Visualization Techniques

Visualization is when you close your eyes, get into a calm and quiet state of mind, and visualize what it is you want. You have probably done this before if you are someone who daydreams, or when you try to think of your perfect scenario when you are laying down at night to go to sleep. Just think of something you want, whether a feeling or reaching a goal, and visualize it. If you are working on your confidence, this might be getting a big promotion, feeling good about your body or looks, or having others praise you.

Boost Confidence with Selfies

Yes, selfies can help with your confidence! If you have low self-esteem, it might be an adjustment to see pictures of yourself. But over time, you start to see all the amazing, unique, and beautiful traits that you have. Take lots of selfies, from different angles, in different clothes and environments, and with different types of lighting. Get creative, get bold, and get outside of your comfort zone. The more you see yourself in every different scenario and angle, the more you see how unique and beautiful you really are.

Get Better at Accepting Compliments

If you are someone who gets shy and awkward when someone compliments you, it can actually harm your confidence in the long run. Now is a great time to start practicing how you accept compliments. It doesn’t have to be complicated; a simple thank you will suffice. But don’t be afraid to be genuinely appreciative of compliments, and never say “no” or deny what they are complimenting about you.

Become Aware of Your Own Strengths

Your inner strengths are just as important as your physical traits; embrace them! Make a list of everything you are good at, even the smallest of things. Maybe you make really good scrambled eggs or you can solve a Rubiks Cube in only a few minutes. You might be good at creative and artistic activities or have achieved fitness goals. Your strengths might be kindness and compassion, or not being afraid of confrontation. It doesn’t matter what it is. If it is important to you, something you are good at, it’s worth feeling confident about.

Be Careful Who You Surround Yourself With

Unfortunately, there are some people who can be toxic to your confidence and make you feel worse about yourself. If you notice trends where you tend to feel worse about yourself after spending time with certain people, it’s time to let them go or at least try to spend a little less time with them.

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Ask These Questions To Discover Your Purpose In Life

Ask These Questions To Discover Your Purpose In Life

Asking yourself the right questions will help you to discover your purpose in life. Some of these questions will be very easy for you to answer and you will probably end up with quite a list of things. Others will be more of a challenge for you as they will require deeper thought.

You need to find a quiet place where there will be no distractions for you. It is important that you are not disturbed while you are doing this. Make sure that you have your journal with you or some paper and a pen. Writing down the answers to the questions is an essential part of the process of identifying your true calling.

Once you have answered all of the questions, you will need to examine your answers and try to identify commonalities. You are looking for clues and signs that will eventually lead to you discovering your purpose in life.

What do you really enjoy?

When you know what the purpose of your life is you will enjoy almost everything that you do. So, knowing what you enjoy doing right now can provide big clues for you. Think about the things that you have done in your life and which of these gave you the most satisfaction and enjoyment.

To help you with this, think back to your childhood and the things that you really liked to do. Then move forward to your adult life and think about the things that provided you with the most pleasure. Be sure not to judge here. Just write everything down so that you can analyze it later.

What is on your Bucket List?

Many people these days have a “bucket list”. If you are not familiar with this then the concept here is simple. It is a list of things that you want to do before you die (kicking the bucket). It doesn’t matter if you do not have a bucket list right now. Just ask yourself the question “what do I want to include in my bucket list?”

People usually include special things on their bucket list that have an element of risk to them such as sky diving. You do not have to follow this trend when you are creating your bucket list. It is all about the things that you really want to do but haven’t yet.

What makes you angry or frustrated?

This is a question that most people will be able to answer easily because they focus on the negative. We all have things in our lives that frustrate and anger us. When you are answering this question don’t dismiss things that you believe to be beyond your control such as the effect of climate change. Just get everything down on paper.

What are your personal struggles?

With this question you can identify the things that you are not happy with about yourself. For example, you may have a much lower opinion about yourself than you deserve or you feel that no matter how hard you try, nothing seems to work out for you.

What things are really important for you?

This is a challenging question that will require deep thought and soul searching. It is worth the effort though as it can provide you with strong signals about your life’s purpose. Be persistent with this question and look at all aspects of your life.

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Meditation Is a Tool You Can Use to Manage Chronic Stress

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Meditation Is a Tool You Can Use to Manage Chronic Stress


There are strategies and resources that you can turn to in order to manage chronic stress. One of these strategies is meditation. When you engage in this practice, it helps you relax both mentally and physically.

You find relief from the thoughts that might be contributing to the stress because it pulls your attention away from the causes and changes the direction of your thoughts. That’s the foundation of most meditation practices.

You learn to stop allowing your thoughts to stay on stressful things and instead, you focus elsewhere, such as on empowering or positive things. Meditation is a way to be in the moment and learn self-awareness.

You’ll learn how to concentrate as you learn how to cope. When you’re under stress, it leads to rising levels of cortisol. You can end up suffering from additional symptoms related to stress, such as inflammation.



The negative side effects linked to this inflammation can lead to things such as insomnia, mood swings and cognitive issues. By practicing meditation, you can reduce stress and the inflammation side effect.

Meditation helps you manage chronic stress because it also helps to alleviate anxiety. Anxiety is a common side effect of stress. By using meditation, you learn how to react to the stress factors that can induce anxiety.

Regular practice of meditation can result in a mood boost as well as a more positive outlook concerning a stressful situation. It can also give you clarity, so you gain perspective on how to deal with your stressors.

By alleviating anxiety, meditation can lead to a positive boost to battle your other stress related emotional symptoms, too. Many people who experience anxiety associated with stress also struggle with depression.

When you practice meditation, it relieves depression. Living with chronic stress causes many people to turn to unhealthy habits to attempt to find relief. Meditation can help you overcome bad habits or behaviors, such as drinking or smoking, which only makes stress worse.

When you meditate, it can give you insight into why you’re feeling stressed. By locating the root of your stress, you’ll be able to cut it out of your life. You’ll notice when you start meditating that some of the symptoms associated with stress get better.

For example, if you’ve had trouble sleeping because of your stress, meditation can help restore that area of your life. It works because insomnia is often caused by emotions and thoughts associated with stressors.

Meditation gives you the skills to be able to get those thoughts under control so you stop the flow of negative thinking when you’re trying to fall asleep. Once you learn how to engage in meditation, you’ll experience many health benefits, such as a reduction in blood pressure and fewer muscle aches. 

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Working from Home Lets You Set Your Own Schedule

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Working from Home Lets You Set Your Own Schedule

One of the many joys of working from home is that you get to set your own schedule. Before you decide what that means for you, remember that your work is still work. The attire and location might have changed, but the responsibilities and deadlines won’t.

You need to create a schedule, regardless of what it looks like because it’s one of the keys to success. It’s also a crucial part of maintaining a work-life balance. You want success but you don’t want to give up what’s important to you outside of work, either.

A key thing to remember is that you have a total of twenty-four hours. How you choose to arrange those twenty-four hours is up to you. But during that time, how productive you are (or aren’t) will fall on your shoulders.

If you create the kind of schedule that works great for you, you’ll end up with a work day that you enjoy. There are no 100% right or wrong ways to set up a schedule. Don’t try to get it perfect right from the start.

You might put something in place for a schedule and then decide that you don’t like it. No big deal, just change it. You might end up changing your schedule a few times before you settle into one that feels right for you.

Keep in mind that everyone has what’s known as peak hours. These are the times that you feel the most alert. It’s also when you seem to get the most accomplished from your to-do list.

This is when you need to work on what’s the most imperative for your business. Handle the most pressing project during this time rather than spending the time on non-essentials such as answering emails that aren’t top priority.


The good thing about being an entrepreneur is that you can set your schedule so that
you work whenever you have the time. That means that you can schedule what you
need to get done and work as much as you’d like to work.

You can work all day if you want to. But the opposite is true as well. You can work as
little as you want to. It doesn’t matter which one you choose as your schedule.
What
does matter is that you make sure that you’ve arranged your schedule so that you’re
working the hours you need to have enough income to be able to pay your bills.

That means you don’t have to leap out of bed in the morning and get straight to work.
You can put off working and just do it after you’ve put the kids to bed for the night.
This
way, you can work without any demands on your time or the interruptions that always
go hand in hand when you have children.

If you don’t want to, you don’t even have to work straight through. You can break up
your schedule so that your time is accounted for only according to projects or tasks
rather than hours.


There’s no need to work eight, six or less hours straight through if you don’t like to do it
that way. You can work on and off throughout the day. Being at home allows you to start
a project in the morning, then put it aside until the evening.

Or, you can start it at night and complete it the next day. Working from home lets you
create a flexible schedule. You don’t have to check in with anyone to see if that’s okay.
There’s no boss that you have to ask permission from.

That means that if you want to schedule a day off, that’s completely up to you. To make
it easier to set your own schedule, there a few tips you might want to consider. Getting
into the right mindset can make it easier to accomplish work related tasks.

For that reason, you may want to create a mental division between work and home to
keep that balance. In order to do that, have a specific “going to work” area set aside that
you use every time you get ready to work.

Having this lets your mind switch gears and focus. Plus, having a designated area can
help to set boundaries if you have roommates, a spouse or kids.
When you go to your
work station, it means that you’re not available and shouldn’t be disturbed.
You do want to create some kind of schedule because if you don’t, the day will get away
from you. Even if you decide that you’re only going to work two hours a day, create your
schedule around that decision.

Decide the days of week that you’re going to work and the hours during those days.
Look at the entire week and decide what kind of overall hours you want. If you want to
work a full forty hours, then draft a schedule based on that.


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You can create your schedule based on income, too. If you need to make a certain
amount and working more will bring that in, then determine your hours and days based
on that.

Establish what’s allowed when you’re setting your own schedule. These boundaries are
what will help you have a separation of work and home. This is one of the biggest
problems that comes from working at home.

It’s too easy for work to creep into home life and the next thing you know, you’ve let go
of the defining line between the two. This can have a negative impact on your
relationships as well as your health.

So if you feel it works best for your life to work at night so that you can be there for your
family and do the things you want to do, then arrange your schedule to fit that. Don’t be
afraid of creating a schedule that others might feel are weird times.

For example, if it’s best for you to work from midnight to three in the morning, then do
that. You don’t owe anyone an explanation for your working hours. When creating your
schedule, think about the things you need to complete during the times you’ve chosen.

Write down everything you have to accomplish, then number those tasks according to
order of importance. That way, when you work, you’ll know what you need to be
focusing on....

Working from home is a wonderful way to start the day. You can wake up whenever you want, eat breakfast with your family and friends (or alone), get dressed in whatever clothes that make you feel good, and then go into work! 

There are many things to love about working from home but some of our favorites include setting your own schedule, being able to take breaks when needed without feeling guilty, getting more done because there’s no commute time lost due to traffic or train delays.

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The Powerful On The Spot ABC Coping Strategy

The Powerful On The Spot ABC Coping Strategy

Every day there will be events that happen that test our resilience capacity. You get stuck in traffic, wake up late and have to rush the school or whatever else life throws at you. How you react is crucial to building up your resilience.

Cognitive restructuring (or changing the way we think during a stressful event) is the best method for managing stress at work, according to a "meta-study" published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.

 In this observation of studies, which focuses on techniques used to manage stress, cognitive restructuring was compared against other common "stress interventions" like deep breathing and relaxation.

The cognitive restructuring came out to be the best intervention of the lot. The findings suggested that "Cognitive restructuring promotes the development of proactive responses to stress." Put another way, it helps prevent stress.

Founded by Doctor Albert Ellis and Aaron Beck, was this mindset reframing technique that gets people to dispute their negative self-talk and therefore use it to control their thinking during a stressful event.

What their research found is that most people the severity of a stressful event. Ellis liked to call this phenomenon: "stinking thinking." This way of thinking results in a common response like:

"I've got the worst job in the world."
"I'll never get all this work done on time."
"Why does this always happen to me."
"I'm a complete failure."

This negative thought process often clouds people's mindsets and leads to irrational and often completely false outcomes.

When we engage in this way of thinking, we are the ones who suffer. In essence, we become our own worst enemy for our often false recognition of the situation that's causing us to feel stressed. Ellis and Beck came up with a way to change our overly negative thinking that's as easy to remember as ABC or, in this case, A+B=C. 

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Using The Wellness Wheel To Support Resilience

Using The Wellness Wheel To Support Resilience.

One of the best ways to build on your resilience capacity is to audit your wellbeing often. Why? It will be even harder to pull through challenging times if important wellbeing areas are way outbalanced, then the struggle will be made even harder.

For example, if your eating habits and sleep habits are poor, your energy during the day will plummet – not what you want when you are building resilience. By paying more attention to these areas, you'll be to bring them back into balance and thus put yourself in a better position of resilient growth.

Using the wellness wheel which covers various dimensions of wellness makes it easy to identify which areas of your life need more attention while defining an action plan to improve them.

How the wellness wheel works

The core idea behind the wellness wheel is to assess the different areas of wellness that affect your wellbeing. These include the following:

*Physical health including your exercising, sleeping and eating habits.
*Mental health including your day to day mindset thoughts and emotions.
*Relationships in your life, in other words, to what extent do you feel you are connected to others.
*Recreational health. This would be assessing your downtime, including the time you get to practice your hobbies and interests.
*Financial health, including budgeting and saving money for the future.
*Occupation health. This is your current job and career prospects.
*Spiritual health. This is your personal growth and purpose in your life.
*Home health. This is the health of your home, including how safe you feel in it and how happy you are with it.

The eight areas above represent your life. Rank your level of satisfaction with each area out of 10. 1 means you are struggling and feel unfulfilled and unsatisfied in that area. 10 means you're satisfied and complete fulfilled with that area and don't think it needs much improvement. An example of what this might look like is below.....

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How Resilient Are You? Take The Test

How Resilient Are You? Take The Test


To work on your resilient levels, you first develop an understanding of how your resilience looks right now. Below is an abbreviated version of the Nicholson McBride Resilience Questionnaire (NMRQ).
For each question, score yourself between 1 and 5, where 1 = strongly disagree and 5 = strongly agree. Be completely honest: understanding the specific areas in which you lack resilience will enable you to get the most out of our 10 point booster plan

Resilience Questionnaire Score

1. In a difficult spot, I turn at once to what can be done to put things right __
2. I influence where I can, rather than worrying about what I can't influence __
3. I don't take criticism personally __
4. I generally manage to keep things in perspective __
5. I am calm in a crisis __
6. I'm good at finding solutions to problems __
7. I wouldn't describe myself as an anxious person __
8. I don't tend to avoid conflict __
9. I try to control events rather than being a victim of circumstances __
10. I trust my intuition __
11. I manage my stress levels well __
12. I feel confident and secure in my position __

Add up your total score and take a look at the resilience categories below to which one you fall into.
0 – 37
A developing level of resilience. Your score indicates that, although you may not always feel at the mercy of events, you would benefit significantly from developing aspects of your behaviour.
38 - 43
An established level of resilience. Your score indicates that you may occasionally have tough days when you can't quite make things go your way, but you rarely feel ready to give up.
44- 48
A strong level of resilience. Your above-average score indicates that you are pretty good at rolling with the punches, and you have an impressive track record of turning setbacks into opportunities.
49 -60
An exceptional level of resilience. Your score indicates that you are very resilient most of the time and rarely fail to bounce back – whatever life throws at you. You believe in making your luck.
Benchmarking your resilience levels allows you to see how things look right now while providing a framework for improvement (if any) in the future. 

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Stop Letting Fear Control Your Life

Stop Letting Fear Control Your Life

The number one thing that holds many people back from going after their dreams is fear. If left unchecked, our fears can keep us locked up inside of a mental prison we construct for ourselves or an even larger institution like society as whole. The trouble with confronting these fears head-on and coming to terms with them is that it's not easy; it will be uncomfortable at first-- but the reward you get in return far outweighs whatever discomfort comes before because if you really want your best life then this must be done!

Explore the cause of your fear

Fear is a natural human response. It's understandable for people to have fears, but it can be difficult when these feelings become overwhelming and often debilitating. Of course different things scare us all in our own way; some may fear heights or spiders while others might not know what scares them at all! No matter how big the thing that we're afraid of, there are always ways we can try to prevent this feeling from happening again- if you want stand any chance getting over your phobia then identifying its cause should be first on your list!

Practice mindfulness

If you are feeling stressed and anxious, the best thing to do is practice mindfulness. By focusing on your breath or some other object in nature for a set period of time each day, it can help bring that sense of calm into your mind. You will start feeling more relaxed which means less control over fear while practicing this technique. Mindfulness also helps us feel stronger and better able to face our fears when we have calmed down from anxiety attacks!

It's time to face your fears

If you are struggling to make changes in your life, it is important that you think about the consequences if things do not change. What will happen a year from now if nothing has changed? In all likelihood, you would still be stuck feeling dissatisfied with your life and unable to move forward. It’s almost like once we get comfortable enough doing something wrong there might as well just continue on our same path because of how difficult changing can seem at first glance - but don't let yourself fall trap back into this mindset

How Mindfulness Can Make You a Better Person

How Mindfulness Can Make You a Better Person

You’ve probably heard of something called mindfulness and how it can help improve several different aspects of your life. But did you know that mindfulness can even make you a better person? It’s true, mindfulness will not only have a positive impact on your own life, but it can also transform the way you see and treat others.

Mindfulness Increases Empathy

When you spend more time considering how you think and feel, this makes you a more empathetic person as you begin to learn more about how thoughts and feelings are connected. One study performed at California State University San Marcos found that people who received specific instruction in mindfulness practices were more empathetic when they noticed a stranger in need. And having empathy is an essential part of creating and maintaining meaningful, healthy relationships.

Mindfulness Increases Emotional Control

In the same study mentioned above, researchers also found that people introduced to mindfulness techniques remained in better control of their own emotions. This means they were less likely to burst into anger at someone else because of a small perceived mistake. Anger or other emotional outbursts can drive a wedge between people when it comes to relationships and friendships, mainly because humans tend to respond to the emotions of those around them. Therefore, if you are prone to emotional swings, so too will the people in your life. If you are better at controlling your own emotions, you will find people like to be around you more, and your relationships with others will improve.

Mindfulness Lowers Stress

Stress puts a significant strain on your body, both mentally and physically. When you feel the pressure of stress, you are much less likely to think of others in your life. When you take steps to be more mindful, this will help lower your pressure and make you feel better. And when you feel better, you can bet that treating others will come naturally without you even having to try.

When you embark on a more mindful lifestyle, you will transform how you perceive empathy and express emotions. This, combined with the lower levels of stress you will experience on your mindfulness journey, will help make you a better person. This is one reason why it is so essential to becoming more mindful in your own life today!

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Emily Fletcher is one of the world’s leading experts in meditation. She’s been invited to teach at Google, Harvard Business School, Summit Series, Viacom, A-Fest & The Omega Center.

How Can I Be More Mindful?

How Can I Be More Mindful?

Do you find yourself going through life with no idea what you are doing or how you got there? And then one day, you realize that you aren’t even where you want to be? This happens when you lead a life that isn’t mindful. Mindfulness is an awareness of where you are in life, and it is essential if you want to enjoy life truly. Below are a few things you can do to help yourself become more mindful.

Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself

Negative thoughts can often send you into a mental spiral in which you begin to see the world, or yourself, in a negative light. Instead of thinking of all the things you have done wrong in your life, block these thoughts with positive ones about all the good you have done, and then focus on being present in the here and now, rather than spending all your time on thoughts which may not be accurate.

Relax

A significant part of mindfulness is learning to relax. When you are relaxed, you become more present and mindful of your surroundings. If you are having trouble relaxing, it can help to simply pause what you are doing and take a few deep breaths. You may also want to work on relaxation further by pursuing a tactic like meditation or journaling, which you perform daily.

Stay Present

As mentioned above, if you spend most of your time in your thoughts, whether they are negative thoughts about yourself or worry about future events which haven’t happen yet, this detracts from you focusing on what is going on around you. And being present is truly what helps you lead a more mindful life. When you find yourself struggling to remain present, pause what you are doing, and check-in with yourself. Check-in with your thoughts. Where are they now? Are they focused on what is going on around you? Then check in with your body and take note of the sensations you feel, all the way down to your breathing and heart rate. This may seem dumb, but this is one of the best ways to help keep you present and mindful.

Conclusion

Becoming more mindful can be a difficult task that requires time and practice, so don’t be frustrated if it doesn’t happen overnight. Instead, just focus on not being too hard on yourself, relaxing, and staying present, and being more mindful will eventually come. 

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Emily Fletcher is one of the world’s leading experts in meditation. She’s been invited to teach at Google, Harvard Business School, Summit Series, Viacom, A-Fest & The Omega Center.

5 Different Ways to Practice Mindfulness

5 Different Ways to Practice Mindfulness

Want to become more mindful in your life but aren’t quite sure where to start? There are several different ways to practice mindfulness. Read on to find out more.

1.Meditate

The best way to increase mindfulness in your life is by setting aside time every day to meditate. Meditation creates a space for you to spend quality time with yourself! It allows you to evaluate both your emotions as well as your physical feelings. It can also help relieve stress and induce a calmer demeanor. If you want to become more mindful, you really must spend time in meditation each day.

2.Spend Time Outside

Spending time outside in the fresh air can do wonders for your mentality. And the best part is, you don’t need any special training to implement this in your life. Start by going for a walk in a park near your house and paying attention to all the scenery around you.

3.Start Your Day With A Purpose

Another way to practice mindfulness is by starting all of your days with a clear purpose. This can be done by waking up early and having a morning routine that lets you start the day relaxed and prepared. This morning routine can be meditating when you first wake up, completing breathing exercises, or even going for a nature walk before work.

4.Watch What You Eat

Watching what you eat doesn’t necessarily mean you need to go on a diet. In this day and age, meals have become quick periods where you eat as fast as possible. Slow down, take each bite with purpose, notice all of the flavors you are consuming. And then pay attention after you finish eating to see how different foods affect your moods and health. You may be surprised by what you discover about your favorite foods.

5.Take Frequent Evaluation Pauses

Sometimes your life can be so hectic that you don’t spend any time on yourself. No matter what your schedule is like, now is the time to work in frequent pauses. These pauses don’t have to be long, just a few minutes to breathe deeply and evaluate how you feel and what you are thinking. You will find these mindful pauses will do wonders for stress relief.

Overall, leading a more mindful life isn’t that difficult. Simply start by trying one or a few of the items on this list, and you’ll be feeling more mindful in no time at all!

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Emily Fletcher is one of the world’s leading experts in meditation. She’s been invited to teach at Google, Harvard Business School, Summit Series, Viacom, A-Fest & The Omega Center.

The Benefits of Mindfulness

The Benefits of Mindfulness

You have probably been told that embarking on a journey to become more mindful in your life will be very beneficial to you. But you may be wondering just what are the benefits of being more mindful. There are so many benefits to being more mindful in your life, some of which are explained below.

Stress Reduction

If you are like most people in this world, you live a busy life that is often full of stress. And stress has proven to be both bad for the body and the mind. When you work on becoming more mindful in your life, this will help reduce your stress. It will also help improve other mental aspects, such as focus and efficiency, which are often impeded by the effects of stress.

Better Sleep

Do you have trouble sleeping at night? Well, becoming more mindful can help you with that as well. Being more mindful helps reduce the number of the ailments which cause problems sleeping, such as anxiety and stress. So, once you become more mindful, you’ll sleep more deeply and wake feeling more rested.

Improved Relationships

It can be hard to maintain relationships in your life if you lack empathy or are prone to emotional outbursts. Improving your mindfulness can help with both of these, as in one study performed by the California State University San Marcos, it was discovered that instruction in mindfulness both increases empathy and emotional control—meaning participants were less likely to have emotional outbursts in the future.

More Fulfillment

Mindfulness can help you feel happier and more fulfilled. This is because part of mindfulness is learning who you are and how to accept yourself and your life as it is. It will also help you set more effective goals for yourself and handle any difficult situations that may come your way confidently. This means you will be less likely to be thrown off when something in your life doesn’t go as planned, and you will be able to move forward with your life with ease.

Of course, these aren’t all the benefits of mindfulness, as the list goes on and on. But when you take steps to become more mindful, the benefits you will experience will transform your life in several ways, which will lead you to become a happier person who maintains excellent relationships with others. 

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Emily Fletcher is one of the world’s leading experts in meditation. She’s been invited to teach at Google, Harvard Business School, Summit Series, Viacom, A-Fest & The Omega Center.

Why Is Mindfulness So Important?

Why Is Mindfulness So Important?

You’ve probably heard at some point in your life that being mindful is an essential part of a healthy and happy life. But you may be wondering just why this is. And this is because being mindful has the power to change many different aspects of your life.

Mindfulness Helps With Mental Health

When you spend your entire life running around, worrying about all the things which may be happening in your life at present and in the future, you’re likely to run into mental health problems. When you aren’t mindful of yourself and how you feel, you become stressed, which can have numerous effects on your mental health. To take care of your mental health and lower your stress levels, it’s crucial to be mindful of your environment and how you feel and respond. This will help you be more at peace mentally and keep your brain feeling fresh.

Mindfulness Boosts Creativity

Not only does mindfulness help preserve your mental health, but it also nurtures your creativity. This can be especially important when you face challenges in your life, as creativity is a part of learning to overcome challenges. According to various studies, mindfulness has even been discovered to improve brain function and memory, which can also help an individual navigate the twists and turns of life more easily. And those who were more mindful in their everyday life didn’t tend to suffer the same memory loss issues later in life as those who weren’t mindful.

Mindfulness Keeps You Healthy

Besides just mental benefits, mindfulness also has several physical benefits for your body. It works to improve immune function so that you can stay healthy and fight off infections more quickly when you do get sick. One study even discovered that being more mindful increased enzyme activity in the body which slowed down the aging process (Accelerated telomere shortening in response to life stress, Epel et al.). This means that mindfulness is scientifically a part of leading a longer, healthier life.

Conclusion

Mindfulness is an integral part of leading a happy and healthy life, no matter how you look at it. Mindfulness helps to keep you mentally sane, boosts your creativity, and works in several ways to keep you physically healthy as well. So, if you want to live your best life, it’s time to start being more mindful today. 

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Emily Fletcher is one of the world’s leading experts in meditation. She’s been invited to teach at Google, Harvard Business School, Summit Series, Viacom, A-Fest & The Omega Center.

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