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November 10, 2019 by

5 Rules for Everyday Mindfulness

Doesn’t the world we’re living in seem to be going more hectic by the minute? We usually spend countless hours at work, at school or running daily errands. And even though we may love and enjoy our daily responsibilities, they may also leave us feeling high levels of stress. 

5 Rules for Everyday Mindfulness

We are sometimes so absorbed trying to do a good job or make a lasting impression that we forget to take time to check in with ourselves, relax and wear our best selves. 

But instead of simply complaining about it, we decided to take action and find ways to deal with it, like a boss babe.

Here are our top 5 stress-breaking rules for everyday life:

Rule #1: Focus inward

Meditation is a broad term that is oftentimes unhelpful until broken down into smaller levels of intention. The first thing you want to do is become aware of your breath by deeply breathing in and out. You can even say these words to yourself as you inhale and exhale: in and out. 

Intentional breathing helps ensure that your body is getting enough oxygen, while keeping you physically grounded and in the present moment. That thirty page document due on your boss’s desk by the end of the week becomes trivial when you have completely shifted your focus from external matters to your internal self.

Take this moment to really check in with yourself. You will begin to notice positive changes in your daily interactions with those around you. 

Rule #2: Make an effort to unplug

Turn off all electronics and really focus on bringing your positive energy into the mix. Life, at its best, is happening right in front of you, and practicing gratitude can do wonders, eliminating stress and anxiety. 

Powering down allows you to create your own reality, rather than allowing stress to consume you. 

Often times, we are so tapped into technology that we become FOMO (fear of missing out) dependent, succumbing to the inevitable addiction to social media, rather than creating a social presence.

Rule #3: Get up and going

Physical activity is meditation in motion. Become active and focus on your body's movements. This will help you concentrate, increase your energy levels and fuel your optimism. 

If you're not able to squeeze a quick workout session during your workday, how about a nice walk outside? Become one with nature and make it a point to experience and enjoy your surroundings. 

And if you're not feeling it, it might be that you’re not wearing the right outfit! Get yourself a pair of the comfiest leggings ever, and lift your spirits through support, confidence and empowerment.

Rule #4: Drink something soothing 

If you can’t seem to get out of the office, out of other daily commitments such as school, or even away from your desk, you can definitely make a warm cup of herbal tea to soothe your worries. 

Here’s a quick list of teas to choose from:

  • Chamomile Tea: Dried blossoms of chamomile are used to make tea that cures several issues including upset stomach, tension and sleep deprivation.
  • Lemon Balm Tea: Used since ancient times to calm the heart and the body, lemon balm uplifts the spirit, calms the mind, encourages restful sleep, makes skin look years younger and serves as a powerful antioxidant.
  • Passionflower Tea: It has numerous anti-anxiety benefits and is known to treat a variety of conditions ranging from sleep irregularities and stomach problems to bodily wounds and earaches.
  • Kava Tea: Kava roots contain a mix of stress-fighting compounds called kavalactones which act on the nervous system to various sedative and numbing effects. It has traditionally been used for its power to calm the body and mind, and encourage a good night’s sleep.
  • Peppermint Tea: Peppermint tea is a delicious and refreshing way to boost your overall health due to its ability to improve digestion, reduce pain, eliminate inflammation, relax the body and mind, cure bad breath, promote weight loss and boost the immune system.

Rule #5: Talk it out. Write it out

There’s nothing wrong with going back to basics. Talking and writing out your thoughts and emotions are a great way to express yourself, while sorting through your areas of discomfort, clarifying any issues taking a toll on your mental state.

By getting those worries and tension out of your system, you begin a cleansing process where a powerful sense of relief takes over, making you feel calmer about the issues that are consuming you.

If no one is available to talk, you may want to consider journaling. There are thousands of people who keep a daily journal handy in case they need to release their stress-creating thoughts. 

You’re now equipped with 5 simple rules that will allow you to take positive steps towards reducing stress levels in your everyday life. You are on your way to becoming a better version of YOURSELF.

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Tags: breathing, everyday mindfulness, herbal tea, lifestyle, mindful, mindfulness, stress, unplug

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