Happy Monday everyone! When the weather gets cold and the holidays approach, many people begin to think introspectively. The key to mindfulness is making choices deliberately, and to make the best decision that you can both for the moment and the future.
This week, we’re going to give you a few tips that will help you do both!
1: Wake up a little bit early, and spend a few minutes relaxing before you begin your day.
So many of us sleep in until the last possible moment, and then frantically get ready for the day. Instead of starting your day stressed and anxious, wake up a half hour early, get out of bed, and then spend 15 minutes doing something that you enjoy like reading, watching the sun start to rise, or even just checking out the latest posts on facebook. You’ll have 15 minutes to yourself that you didn’t have before, and then an extra 15 minutes to get ready for good measure so that you don’t have to rush.
2: Do your chores regularly, and don’t let things pile up.
Everyone knows that it’s a pain to clean up, but it’s even more of a pain to deal with a consistently messy kitchen, and then have to clean everything at once! Instead of letting the sink fill, try and wash your dishes as you go. It will keep your place looking fresh, you’ll be more conscious of the amount of dishes and water that you use, and you’ll never have to wait to prepare a dish because of a dirty utensil. Once regular cleaning becomes a habit, you’ll never spend more than 10 or 15 minutes at a time cleaning ever again!
3: Write down your (realistic) goals.
Not in your phone, but with a pen and paper. There’s something unique about having a physical copy of a list of your own aspirations, written in your own handwriting. The dreams and ambitions of your past self can help motivate you in the present, keeping you going feeling confident and strong.
Good luck to everyone on their mindfulness journeys, and thank you for reading! Stay tuned for another mindfulness post next week. If you want to read more, here are links to the previous two posts.