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In this increasingly busy world, it’s easy to feel as though you’re getting lost. There are so many distractions, from work to the internet to family pressures. It can be difficult to find any sort of peace within yourself. It’s important, then, to try to live a mindful life the best that you can. This means that you should try to focus more on the moment instead of worrying too much about the past or the future.
Here are some tips to help…
Take A Digital Detox
Everyone loves their phones and laptops. Let’s face it, you’re using the internet to read this post! Never-the-less, it can’t be denied that social media and the internet have made some aspects of life pretty difficult. It’s hard to resist from checking your phone every time you hear a ping. And almost everyone has found themselves losing hours to scrolling through Facebook. It’s a good idea to give yourself a digital detox. Try turning your phone off before dinner and not turning it on until the morning, or putting it on airplane mode all Sunday long. It might be difficult at first, but it will be well worth it.
Walking is one of the best ways to get more mindful. Not only are you improving your carbon footprint in this world by lowering your gas consumption and doing your tiny part to combat global warming, but it’s also a great way to get in touch with the world and to feel as present as possible. There are lots of different sorts of walking – you could spend a Saturday hiking through your nearest park, or you could get off the train a stop earlier and walk for fifteen minutes before work. No matter what works best for you, you’ll find yourself looking around more, observing the world, and taking more in.
Deal With Your Health Issues
Health issues are probably the number one factor that hamper our ability to be as mindful as we possibly can. If you have niggling health complaints, it’s time to tackle them. If you have backache from work, why not try an ergonomic back support on your chair, along with an evening yoga class? If you suffer from anxiety, you could go to a therapist to discover coping techniques. You could also try out meditation or talking to a therapist. It’s also been proven that marijuana can sometimes help with anxiety – and also with chronic pain.
Look Outside Yourself
Finally, a great way to connect with the world is to look outside yourself. Set aside some time every week to do something for others, whether it’s visiting a local nursing home, knitting scarves that you can give out to homeless people when the weather gets cooler, working at a food bank, or reading with under-privileged kids. You may be doing something for the world – but you’ll soon find out that you’re gaining a lot as well.
Taking hold of the present isn’t an easy thing to do, but it’s important to try so that you can remain happy, healthy and centered.