three ways I practice mindfulness

Aside from food, cats and reality TV, this is one of my favorite topics.



I know I'm mixing it up on S & S today with a non-recipe post, but I've been wanting to write this for a while and am so excited to share it with all of you.

Like many people, I've struggled with anxiety my whole life, and only within the last few years have learned healthy ways of dealing with it. When anxiety strikes, it's easy to feel helpless and like your own emotions are out of your control. I've found three mindfulness tools that not only enhance my life overall when practiced daily, but also put me back in the driver's seat in the middle of a crisis. Because I feel so passionately about each tool, I'll be breaking this up into a series of three posts so I can delve into each topic. Here's the first and stay tuned for my second and third coming up within the next couple of weeks.

Daily Meditation with the Headspace App
This popular app begins with a series of foundation courses, which are guided meditations ranging from 10 to 20 minutes. Once you've finished the foundation, you choose from a selection of courses that focus on a variety of topics from relationships to depression. The app also includes mini S.O.S. sessions to use if you're in the middle of something really stressful that I've found helpful for dealing with moments of extreme anxiety.

It's a common fallacy that you're supposed to stop thinking while you meditate. What's really happening is when thoughts pop into your mind, you redirect them to a point of focus, such a your breath or sensations in your body. What you're doing here is actually rewiring your brain circuits and strengthening your ability to have control over your thoughts and emotions, which is both fascinating and incredibly empowering.

I love this app because it makes meditation for beginners, like me, very attainable by guiding them through it and allowing them to customize the amount of time they want to spend. I mean just 10 minutes out of your day is nothing, right?

So far, I've completed the foundation courses, anxiety series, and am currently doing the sleep series. With each series, I learn new tools I use throughout my entire day, not just during meditation, that keep my anxiety under control and allow me to be a more peaceful, mindful person. 






10 comments:

  1. Great post on mindfulness, it so important to stop and meditate!
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    1. Thanks so much for reading! I had no idea how important it was before I started but now can't image my life without it!

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  2. Thanks, Taislany! I really appreciate it :)

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  3. Great post, This is a wonderful reminder to step away from the world and clear your head.

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    1. Thank you! Stepping away to breath is so needed especially during stressful times, but also works wonders when practiced daily :)

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  4. Very helpful post! Love it!
    Hugs,
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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    1. Thanks so much!! I had no idea how helpful daily meditations could be but they've really done wonders for my anxiety :)

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  5. Great post that really resonates with me! I've been using the Head Space app for a few months now and would be lost without it!

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    1. Thank you! I couldn't agree more, the HeadSpace app is such a life saver. Thanks for reading :)

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