According to Psychology Today, “Sometimes the stressors of the modern world make us just want to scream. The constant bombardment of negative news and our continual connection to our technological devices can make us feel trapped, with a strong desire to escape. Perhaps we just need some time alone to heal and nurture ourselves. When we have this feeling, it might be that our minds and souls are sending us messages. We’re being reminded that it’s time to step away and indulge in some self-care.”
We all dream of escaping work responsibilities and focusing on the beauty of nature and fresh air. But how many of us can find the time? Whether taking five minutes between emails or turning your lunch break into an opportunity to meditate, there are ways to bring natural beauty into your life every day – even if it’s only for a moment.
Each day can be busy and stressful, leading to anxiety or depression because it’s sometimes hard to see how good you have it. To combat this, try changing your perspective by focusing on the present moment only, rather than worrying about the past or future. It’s not easy, but when you do, you’ll be able to find the joy that life can offer if you just allow yourself to enjoy it.
Mindfulness meditation is a form of mindfulness widely practiced in the western world. It is a secular practice that anyone can do, regardless of their belief system. There are also many benefits to practicing this type of meditation, including improved mood and reduced stress levels.
A popular method for teaching this type of mindfulness is called Mindful Breathing, which focuses on deep breathing with attention to both inhalation and exhalation. To practice mindful breathing, sit comfortably or lie in a quiet space.
Close your eyes and focus on your breath coming into your body and going out again. Notice how it feels as it moves through your nose, throat, chest, and stomach as you inhale and exhale deeply several times without forcing anything or holding anything back.
One of the best things we can do for our mental and emotional health is to stay present. That means living in the moment and not letting our thoughts dwell on past mistakes or future worries. Instead, we open ourselves to possibilities and joy when we focus on the present.
We also have an opportunity to be grateful for what we have. Take a few minutes each day to close your eyes and listen to what’s happening around you-the, the noises, the light breeze through your hair, the feeling of sand between your toes and try to let go of all other thoughts.
I’m grateful for my health. I’m grateful for my family and friends. I’m grateful for my home and my belongings. I’m grateful for the ability to work hard and enjoy life. I’m grateful for every moment, good or bad because it’s made me who I am today.
I appreciate that feeling of waking up in the morning and knowing that I have an opportunity to make something new happen. There is always a new day tomorrow, a new beginning, so let’s enjoy the moment!
We often get so caught up in our day-to-day lives that we forget to live in the moment.
Whether you are taking a nature walk, reading your favorite book, working or spending time with loved ones, focus on the present and savor each and every moment. You’ll be surprised at how much better you feel when you do.