Mindfulness & Headspace

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

So, the weekend was a really bad time for me, and it got me thinking about being mindful. Let's just say I had some sort of 'mini-breakdown' and started feeling all of these feelings that I somehow managed to suppress for a while, but suddenly they all came tumbling back all at once.

Anyway the point is, after I managed to calm down after this 'breakdown', my head seemed a lot clearer and I felt this overwhelming need to do better. I don't know if it was just the sudden outlet of emotions that made me do this, or if it was my 'I'm not gonna take no shit any-more' attitude after said 'breakdown'.

So, after the 'breakdown', I sat crossed legged on my bedroom floor and meditated. Not like the 'thumb-and-fingertips-touching-ooommm' kind of meditating; I just sat, in peace and ran through the day in my head. A sort of internal discussion with myself. I started with the things I'd done in the morning, what things I was proud of that I'd done, then moved on throughout the day. Then I talked internally about what things might have triggered my 'breakdown' and what it made me feel and why I felt that way.

I never have been good at actually saying out loud how I feel, so I find by saying them internally helps a lot, and helps me find out more about myself and how my mind works. Then, I asked myself what I would like to achieve tomorrow; what would I like to do, what would my plans be. I decided that I would like to wake up early, as they say 'the early bird catches the worm'. Then I decided that as soon as I woke up, I should do some yoga and then get on with the rest of my morning routine.

And so, after that internal discussion, I took my make-up of, drank some water and went to sleep.

So, the next day I woke up early, did some yoga and meditated for five minutes. I found that although waking up early was a struggle for me, it allowed me to make the most of my day and feel like I was achieving more. Yoga makes me feel great, and so doing this first thing in the morning was great as it allowed me to wake up my body slowly and stretch all of those muscles that I've been resting the night before. Meditating first thing in the morning helps me focus my mind for the day. I allows me to see what I want to achieve, what plans I've got, allows me to structure my day and and feel like I've got a plan.

As soon as I got back home from work at about 5pm, I took my dog out for a walk. I have to say, I don't normally take my dog out for a walk, normally it's my Sister or my Mum, so it was nice to take him out as he loves going on walks. 

I know that one of my favourite places in the world are wooded areas/forests, but unfortunately all we have where I live is a seaside nature reserve, so I decided to walk through there to clear my head for the day. I decided to take my camera with me as well, as I love taking pictures and Autumn is such a beautiful time of the year!

I've found that taking mindful walks really helps with clearing my head and helps boost my overall mood, Although I always find the motivation for it a bit lacking, I always know I feel better afterwards.

So I guess what I'm trying to say here, is that we should all be a little bit more mindful; take time in our day for ourselves and figure out what makes us tick, what our needs and desires are for the day. I also find that a bit of planning and some sort of schedule or routine helps if you're feeling a bit lost at times;  know it helps for me.

So here are some pictures that hopefully will inspire you to take a mindful walk, or maybe make you think about your day and what you want to achieve for tomorrow.

Stay brave, 

Love, K :)

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