For those who read my posts, you know I’m no stranger to promoting the conversation around mental health.
Although I have always wanted to draw awareness to the subject, ironically, I’ve only recently started prioritising my own mental health. Despite the success of doctors appointments, medication and psychologists – people have always said that the most effective therapy for a troubled mind is the simple act of mindfulness.
So, in the last few weeks I have begun incorporating this act into my every day life – and the benefits have been phenomenal.
I am sensitive, perceptive and a very deep thinker. Whilst I am lucky to have a constantly whirring mind that allows me to explore myself and surroundings in such detail, it provides the risk of getting trapped by my thoughts. Mindfulness centres around being aware of your thoughts, but separate from them. Cognitive defusion over fusion. Practising mindfulness allows you to see bad thoughts as mere sequences of letters flashing across you mind, or in a balloon which you have the ability to let go of – so that any negativity is picked up and taken away by the wind.
My way of practising mindfulness is through mediation. I have never done regular meditation, yoga or any other form of relaxation before implementing it into my routine recently. It takes both practice and opportunity to clear and calm your mind and find uninterrupted time. Since starting meditation I am improving each time, it truly is an incredible skill and tool. My perspective has done a complete 180 degree turn in these recent weeks, people have noticed I’m more animated and I feel so connected with myself. I am realising how important and how powerful my mind is.
I begin each morning with a 10 minute mindfulness meditation where I focus on my breath, how I feel in the present and practice separating myself from any thoughts that cross my mind. I am trying to train myself to wake at 6am or earlier each morning – this way I can have time to think and be completely aware of my thoughts and senses for a period of time where no one else is awake.
In the afternoons, or before I sleep, I practice a relaxation meditation – I use guided ones that often focus on breathing, positive affirmations and self-love.
YouTube is full of amazing guided meditations, or if you don’t need guidance, practising to yoga relaxation music is perfect too.
You don’t have to be religious, devotedly spiritual or any good and concentrating before you start. All it takes is the desire to look after your mind.
Meditation has provided me with a deeper connection to myself and my mind – it gives me a time to focus on how I feel, tell myself that I am enough and release any negativity.
It’s truly a newly perspective. A new realm of consciousness.
An entire other way to love yourself.