How’s your December going so far? What have you been up to? The frosty cold that welcomes us every morning never fails to trigger a burst of excitement inside me as Christmas soon arrives. Recently, I’ve been very consumed with assignments and deadlines on top of Christmas shopping and organising. Whenever I walk through the city centre on the way to Uni, I can’t help but observe the external panic and rush of other people, cramming their endless ‘to-do’ lists into one day. So today, I want to talk about mindfulness – a very effective tip to maintain a calm mindset and overall a more positive wellbeing.
You close your eyes. You feel nothing but the waves of calmness which effortlessly run through your body. You notice your stomach expand whilst you inhale the rich, invigorating air, as you release weights of negative energy each time you exhale. You are calm, your affinity for positive energy is present and you are in control…
And there’s a small insight into what mindfulness feels like. Enabling yourself to take a few minutes each day to switch off and indulge in a private, peaceful bubble of calmness has been proven to have profound effects on our mental wellbeing.
If you are struggling where and when to begin mindfulness exercises, try YouTube or Spotify. There are countless video’s and audio tracks on mindfulness meditation provided for both beginners and advanced meditators. Begin by setting your alarm five minutes earlier and utilise those extra minutes to switch off from the outside world and have a moment of restful mindfulness. Begin your day with a refreshed, clean slate, and remember to repeat this daily! I also find that sleep mediation works wonders as well – so don’t hesitate to try that out too. I’ve already mentioned these in a previous blog post, but I really recommend ‘The Honest Guys,’ – they have an extensive variety of different meditations and mindfulness practices, so definitely check them out.
When I first tried out meditation, I didn’t think I would experience the beneficial effects as much as I did. Within days I felt calmer, more collected, less stressed and overall a healthier and happier person! I couldn’t recommend it enough, so please try it out and let me know what you think.
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post, let me know how you get on!
I’m currently waiting for the train heading back from London – it was absolutely freezing this morning! As I was walking to the tube station, there were layers of frost which glistened on the fallen leaves on the ground and the cold air felt like tiny icicles piercing my face. The chilly weather seems appropriate now that it’s finally December – I couldn’t be more excited about it! What advent calendars have you got this year?
Today I want to talk about anxiety. Whether it’s some more than others, we all feel it on different levels from time to time. In the moment, it can become very overwhelming with both the emotional and physical symptoms that come with feeling anxious. Over the years, I have tried out different methods to deal with these heightened feelings of anxiety, whether it’s in the particular moment or just in general. I’d like to share these coping mechanisms with you so you can try them out and hopefully they will help you.
Focus on your breathing When you’re in a moment of panic, what’s really important is your breathing. It’s mind over matter here, and if you can start to focus on your breathing, encouraging yourself to slowly breathe in and out, your mind will eventually be convinced that you aren’t anxious anymore because you are breathing slower. Be patient with this. A few slow breathes won’t stop you feeling anxious, but the persistence of slow breathing will gradually help yourself to calm down.
Get in touch with your senses I’ve read a lot about the effects of doing this when you are in a moment of panic and it is proven to be very effective. When you feel anxious, try to observe what’s around you and what you can see/touch/hear/smell. It helps channel your mind back to reality and reminds yourself that you are okay. Bringing your senses back to reality helps reduce anxiety as it’s a reminder that you are in control, you are secure, and you are okay.
Remind yourself that you have felt this way before Reminding yourself that you have felt this way before and nothing bad happened the last time is another way to reassure yourself that things will be okay. Yes, you feel anxious right now but this moment will pass, just like it did last time. Just focus on your breathing, get in touch with your surroundings and remind yourself this will pass.
These are some key coping mechanisms I’ve found to be very useful when I’m feeling anxious or overwhelmed. If you would like to hear more tips please let me know!
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