Welcome to the second post of the Monday to Fri-YAY With a Spring in Your Step series.
A couple of months ago, I drove 34 miles to work, heating on, tunes blazing… I got to my destination and I had no idea how I got there. Never mind I told myself, at least you got here on time.
I turned my computer on and just like any other day, my first patient came in, then the next and the next. I stopped for lunch and again before I realised, thirty minutes were over and back to work I went. A few hours later, the day was over.
I got back in my car and drove home with the occasional beep from an angry driver in traffic pushing me out of the trance I had been in all day.
Guys and Gals, I can’t recall anything else from that day… colours, smells, sounds, physical sensations, facial expressions… Nothing. This was not an isolated incident. This my friends was a typical day, 365 days a year.
Imagine coasting through life not remembering very much. Days turn to weeks and weeks to months and before you know it years have passed and you have no idea where the time has gone. I am sure this is something you have experienced at least once in your life.
It’s a scary feeling and that is why I am going to give you a couple of tips to help you be more present through the week so that those amazing minutes, hours, weeks, months and years don’t keep passing you by. Your life is so precious.
Check in with yourself – how do I feel today? What do I need right now? What are my thoughts currently? What can I see, smell, feel and hear?- Tap into those senses – Do this at lunch or when you are stopped at a red light (keep those eyes open though so you’re ready to go when it turns green :)). Perhaps even setting a reminder on your phone may be helpful.This is not just important for making you more aware of the needs your body and mind, it also breaks distractive thought patterns and draws you back to right now… before you know it you realise that your fearful thoughts may not be a true representation of what is likely to happen. It takes practice but the more you do it the more aware you become of yourself, your needs and what makes you content. Try using apps like Headspace which provide guided meditations. It helps if mindfulness/meditation is new to you. I try to fit in a 5-10 minute guided meditation twice a day and guys and gals, it really helps to keep me grounded.
Ps: Turn your phone off. This is YOUR time. Do whatever makes you feel happy – take a walk, listen to music, yoga, read a book… anything.
Celebrate all your victories, particularly the small ones – sometimes we ignore all the small yet amazing things we do or happen to us because we are waiting on that big life changing victory to gain our attention. Those small victories that you are achieving right now are the building blocks and should be celebrated. We celebrate when a child crawls, walks then runs so why shouldn’t we celebrate things like getting to work on time, finishing that project, getting the grocery shopping done? Getting to work on time stops you stressing so your day runs smoothly, finishing your project will eventually get your dream job, getting the shopping means you’ll have great meals to nourish your body. Sounds great when you put it like that right?
It is ok not to know everything right now – worrying about the future can distract you from being present and living in the moment. The more we try to have all our future plans sorted now, the more consumed with our thoughts we become and with that come feelings of inadequacy or failure if we don’t have the answers straight away. Let future you worry about that. Present you has enough to deal with already and you are doing great. We will dig deeper into worry in a future post on how to be worry free. So pop back to Lifevolution for that post.
Mindfulness is a long journey to a greater understanding of self and appreciation of the world around you. Mindfulness lends you THE precious gift to see the most beautiful things amidst challenging circumstances. Don’t let those beautiful moments pass you by guys and gals. You have worked so hard to get here and I am proud of you so whatever you are up to this week, take a few moments to stop and enjoy where you are!! You are amazing!
Remember to live purposefully and be the best version of yourself!