Practicing Mindfulness: Starting Each Day with Gratitude
The beginning of a new year is a time for reflection. It is a time to think about what serves a meaningful purpose in your life, and what it may be time to let go of (both physically and mentally). No matter what you have going on in your life, taking a moment out of your day to focus on all the good you have going on is a healthy step in the right direction of having a truly happy new year. This is especially true if you have the stressful job of planning the biggest party of your life… you know, your wedding! Believe it or not, but there is actually a science behind mindfulness and gratitude that proves that it is good for you in more ways than one. Want to incorporate gratitude into your daily life? Read our suggestions to make it both manageable and enjoyable.
Keep it simple. The best way to successfully incorporate gratitude into your daily life is if you keep the ‘activity’ simple. Plan to practice mindfulness during a part of your day that is extremely consistent such as right when you wake up, during your lunch break each day, or before bed. Making it a routine during a time of the day that doesn’t change often is one way to have little to no excuses as to why you didn’t take that moment for yourself.
Stay true to yourself. Do you love technology? Use your phone, tablet, or computer to jot down your statements of gratitude. Do you prefer pencil and paper? There are countless types of journals available for purchase that will guide in your reflection and remain as a sweet memento of your daily happy thoughts.
Reflect on the day. Many people are quick to think “I have a lot to be grateful for, but I feel like I would run out of things to write or think about after a few weeks!”. This may be your thought at first, but an easy way to combat this is to simply reflect on each and every day. Change your attitude from “I have to do this today” to “I GET to do this today”. You will be surprised at how many wonderful things you have to be thankful for even on a day that may have originally seemed mundane.
The idea of ‘mindfulness’ is definitely a hot topic these days. Often times we begin a resolution on January 1st, only to quit a few weeks later. If mindfulness is on your heart as something you would like to incorporate into your life in 2020, use these simple guidelines to make your goal a reality.
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