When I'm struggling and need to relax my mind, I look for different things to do. This works a lot of the time, but unfortunately there are times where these don't work as well. For today's post, I'm going to give you guys a list of different mindfulness techniques, some of which I have tried myself, but most are just what I know of.
Probably one of the easiest things to be able to do, or to get your hands on. There are so many different ways to go about doing this. The costing ways are browsing your local bookshop/charity shop, or the Kindle store. Sometimes I like using Wattpad to find novels to read, is it's a free service to use, you can find works from users which are currently being written, can discover some new authors and actually publish your own works on there. It's a pretty great site, and I recommend it. I used reading for mindfulness, as it lets me shut myself out of what's currently going on and to escape into something else for a little while. It also helps me wind down in the evenings, especially if my brain is going haywire and won't switch off.
Whilst this can be a controversial, to me, it has the same affect as reading. It lets me unwind, relax and I can have a good few hours of playing. Most of the time, I'll play something like The Sims, as doing interior decorating and building are some things I really enjoy, as well as find really relaxing. I like taking my mind off things which are bothering me and putting my time and effort into something else, so a few hours of The Sims in the evening does help me to unwind.
This is an app (which is free!) that I used last summer when went from 9 months of university work to a 40 hour a week work contract (they claimed it was 'bank'/0 hour). I used to get so overwhelmed with work, as I was a kitchen assistant and I had times where I'd go 3-6 hours where I would be on literal high demand, especially around meal times. After about 2 months of this, I got so overwhelmed, my body just couldn't handle it and I burnt out. This was painful for me, as I'd literally be going in and out of the kitchen to the female staff toilets crying because I was so tired, overwhelmed and physically exhausted.
When I was feeling like this, I used headspace and it did help me. Basically, it comes with verbal exercises for you to try, and all you need is 5 minutes of spare time and some headphones. There are daily exercises, but I only tended to need it on a Monday morning. The exercise I used was a short one as I used to do this just before a shift after having 2 days off, and basically it involved me laying in bed, eyes closed and it was all about focusing on my breathing with a man talking soothingly in my ear. I'd recommend this app to anyone, as it was quite helpful. I haven't needed to use it as of late, but I know I can go back to it anytime if I need to.
Listen to music
I love this for my mindfulness, as I actually have a song/playlist for every mood. Going back to the working situation above, during my walks to work or whilst I was getting ready, I had a playlist on Spotify full of uplifting and happy music to really make me feel good (and ironically, I named this 'For when you feel like sh*t). One time when I was feeling quite sluggish and I could tell I was going to start feeling down, I popped on some music which was happy and positive and I'd have an out-loud sing song and a bit of a dance.
It honestly worked and made me have a bit of a giggle, especially when I do it around the house when I'm home alone (my dogs secretly judge me, I know it).
No matter if it's just for a walk, a sit in the garden, walking a dog - going outside does help me, personally. I like to take in the atmosphere around me, or go for a walk somewhere new and explore. I like to look at different scenery and really appreciate it, and this (strangely enough) helps me to forget my worries and to focus on what's important. I sometimes look at things outside and I'm like 'It's so weird how all these things are actually here', and it makes me feel better about things which are going on. If I'm feeling overwhelmed, it lets me focus on something different and I can take in each detail and use it as a distraction from the negativity. It's a nice addition if you're with friends or family, or even a pet!
This can be a simple one, but writing can be a great mindfulness technique. Whether you're writing out how you feel, a blog post, a random drabble (for a novel or poetry), it can be a way to take your mind off things. For me, it lets me escape what I'm doing and putting my efforts, mind and concentration into something different, and usually when I'm done, I read over it and see what I've come up with, even though my anxieties may be high.
Talk to people
Whatever the conversation may be, talking to people has been a great help to me. I prefer verbally as opposed to over text, Twitter or Facebook, but what will do, will do. I use this to either talk about my feelings and worries (if they're quite bothersome), or just to have a general conversation (usually I focus on what the other is discussing) and I try to ask them questions so that they can talk about things like their day, how work/university is going and stuff like that. It lets me focus on whoever I'm talking to, whether it's a friend, family member or blogger friend, and just chatting generally puts me in a good mood.
What are your mindfulness techniques? Do you do any of the things I've said above? Let me know in the comments and let's have a discussion!
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