Mindful Minute Check In

I’m at day 6 of the month of mindfulness. I am so grateful to have begun this little challenge. 

To recap, I am beginning and ending each day with the five minute journal, and completing one headspace meditation each day. I started these steps thanks to a very patient PT who talked through some of my angst with me with a supreme level of patience, helping me realise how much I needed to take control over my mind, which often runs roughshod over my sane self. 

Like all random challenges I set for myself, the first few days I’m going gangbusters, and by the weekend, things fall apart. I attribute this to running an extremely strict life regime during the week, and then easing back into a life of leisure for the weekends. However, I have stuck with the journaling and (except for Friday), the meditation. 

The best change so far is definitely some more consistent sleep. I’ve battled insomnia for years, and in many ways it has been my biggest barrier to consistency in my moods and my habits. A more restful and fulfilling sleep is literally revolutionising my life. 

Here’s hoping the next improvement is more on the gratitude side of things!

Month of Mindfulness

Well it’s been quiet around here hey?

Not to worry, I’m still alive, still chasing dreams and kicking goals, falling in a heap and dusting myself off again. It’s been a tumultuous time, but I’m feeling that spring in my step that comes with warmer weather (if you’re in the southern hemisphere), a great community and the start of a new month.

I’ve been inspired from an eye-opening PT session this morning to become more reflective. I love goals and chase down achievements, but often fail or forget to celebrate the past. If I want to continue to improve and strive, I need to use the well of experience that developed from my past successes and draw on it in times of weakness.

As a result, I am declaring November my month of mindfulness. I’ve fallen into a pretty awful rut lately of hating on work and life, and every time I begin to crawl out of it, the foothold crumbles and I’m back at the bottom. There is no quick fix to a rut with an absence of gratitude. However, if you plumb the depths of the internet, mindfulness has science (that’s right guys, science) on its side, proving over and over again how cultivating a habit of mindfulness, and a mindfulness of the good things, overcomes an unhealthy obsession with the bad.

This month of mindfulness is a little spur of the moment, but I’m committing to the following:

  • A daily guided meditation with Headspace.
  • Following the five minute journal guide as soon as I arrive at work, and right before I got home.
  • Catching myself complaining: when I feel myself spiralling (probably around a thousand times a day), employing three deep breaths as a circuit-breaker.
  • Setting up my own gratitude jar.

And that’s it! It’s simple, but I’m done with spinning my wheels, and it’s time to take action. While I typically like to beat myself up with hate and push myself to do something ridiculous, this time, I’m looking for something more survivable.

Have you tried a month of mindfulness before, or have any mindfulness practices that you swear by? Let me know in the comments 🙂