We’ve discussed your health from mindful eating through to mindful exercise, so the next thing is to look at overall wellbeing through mindful living.
In the same way you should consider each mouthful of food, and chew it, and use mealtime as time without screens and technology, life in general sometimes needs the same consideration. Time to sit back and smell the roses so to speak.
We spend so much time shut in the confines of offices, houses, cars, and even for the kid’s classrooms, breathing in stale air under fluorescent lights, staring at screens. Each and every day you need to spend time outside. Even when the weather is horrible, some fresh air can’t hurt you! Getting yourself to a park, and being able to listen to the wind in the trees, birds singing, and (hopefully!) some warm sun on your face. It may sound cliché, but give it a go as you breathe in deeply and as you feel suddenly peaceful and happier, you’ll admit that sometimes cliches are worth it!
Live in the moment. We are all so caught up in what we have to do next, what bills are coming up, stressing about things that may or may not happen. Forward planning is important for busy lives and busy families, but every now and again you have to enjoy what is right here, right now.
Mindful living is also about remembering to do something for yourself. Go for that run, or gym class. Cook the meal that you most want to eat, take yourself out on a date! When you have to get chores done, make it time for meditation. Find something that makes you feel calm and allows you to recharge for a while, it could be knitting, baking, yoga, it is something purely for you.