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My journey with mental health started when I was 14. I began experiencing extreme ups and downs, and my emotions were all over the place. I was constantly thinking about the past or anxious about the future, and was not living in the present moment - I’m sure a lot of you can relate. A year ago I decided to reach out for help and I began my journey with mindfulness. Here are the daily habits that help me live a mindful and positive life.
Mindfulness is being aware of the current moment through our thoughts, feelings, sensations, and surrounding environment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts shift to the present rather than remembering the past or imagining the future.
Starting the day off right
Life can be busy but it is so important to set aside 10-20 minutes in the morning to have some time alone and set yourself up for a great day. I saw someone once call this the ‘MAGIC’ morning routine: Meditation, Affirmation, Gratitude, Intentions and Coffee (that last one’s optional but definitely helps). This starts with meditation and connecting to your mind. I recommend starting with a few minutes and building up to whatever feels right for you. Sit in a comfy position, shut out any distractions and focus on slow, mindful breathing. If you can feel your mind wandering, bring your attention back to your breath. This can feel extremely grounding and often minimises anxious thoughts. Next, write down three things you are grateful for on this particular day. I find this always puts me in a great mood. If you would like a boost of confidence in the morning, say a few affirmations out loud. You can find these online and choose a few that resonate with you. To set up the rest of your day mindfully, list out your intentions, starting with the most important.
Understanding your emotions
Part of being mindful is being present in the moment. When you experience ‘unpleasant’ emotions such as anxiety, sadness or anger it is important to remember these are just part of being human and allow yourself to acknowledge these feelings. Feed your brain with positive self talk and do whatever self-care feels right in the moment. This may be having a bath, cleaning your space, seeing friends or simply resting. Tell yourself that it’s okay you are feeling this way and that these emotions will eventually pass.
Your body will thank you if you fuel it properly. It’s important to enjoy a variety of food, for the sake of both your physical and mental health. No food should be labelled as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ - instead you should allow yourself to enjoy all types of food in moderation! Physical health is very much linked to mental health which is why it’s so important to eat well and enjoy the foods you love. You can practice mindful eating by cooking balanced meals for yourself and taking the time to focus on what you are eating and how it may taste or make you feel.
If you find yourself becoming anxious about the past or future, this technique may be helpful for you. It involves focusing on the current moment you are in. A great way to do this is by bringing focus to your senses. What do you see? Can you smell or hear anything? What can you feel in this current moment? Taking the time to acknowledge what is in front of you can help you feel more present in the moment.