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7 Steps to Living More Mindfully

August 23, 2023 by PathForward
Living with intent is key to mindfullness.
Living with intent is key to mindfullness.

Living with intent and awareness can help you enjoy each moment of your life and share your empathy with others. Finding someone to help foster a positive, mindful lifestyle can let you dive deeper into your thoughts and learn how you experience emotions and daily stress. To get answers to your important life questions or goals, consider a Psychic Chat Reading for in-the-moment guidance on anything you can think of. You can also explore the following seven helpful steps to guide your progress in your self-care adventure.

Begin a Mindfulness Journal

A mindfulness journal is a great place to write your thoughts and release negativity and stress into the void. While writing in a physical journal can help you process your thoughts and feelings, a digital journal can also work. Regardless of where or how you begin, set aside time each day to write. Put down your phone, pause your podcast, and yes tell your dog to go lay down, so your mind is clear and your ideas can flow.

When writing in your journal, tell a story about your daily life, including any struggles, ideas, feelings, or experiences you feel at that moment. Writing freely can help release pent-up emotions so you can reflect on them. You can include everything from the fact that you're upset that your dinner didn't turn out as great as you hoped, to the recent fight you had with your best friend, because all of these contribute to how you're feeling and processing life.

Consider reflecting on a moment when you were aware of your surroundings, your body, or others to help foster more mindful experiences in the future. Take time each month to read through your previous journal entries and reflect on your progress to see how far you've come.

Develop or Deepen Your Meditation Practice

Meditation is one of the most powerful tools for living mindfully. It helps you connect your mind with your body to create peace. Studies have shown that meditation can help people experience increased empathy toward others, among other benefits.

A consistent meditation practice means feeling more compassion and showing more understanding toward others, resulting in more caring, deliberate interactions. Setting aside time daily, like when you're making your morning coffee or right before you crawl into bed, can help you develop or deepen your meditation practice.

Develop a Healthy Diet and Mindful Eating Practice

Your diet affects more than your health; it can also impact your spiritual and mental wellness. Practicing mindful eating during each meal and throughout your day can transform your meals from mindlessly getting food from your plate to your stomach to a full-on moment of peace and delight.

Engage all your senses when eating to experience every taste and sensation during your meal. Savoring those small bites and eating slowly can help you reflect on and fully enjoy every flavor. It can also prevent overeating, which can improve your spiritual and bodily wellness.

Conduct a Digital Detox

Digital devices are some of the top distractions when starting a mindfulness journey because they often prevent you from being present. But, don't panic. A digital detox doesn't necessarily mean completely removing electronic devices from your life or deleting all your social apps. You can practice a digital detox by limiting your interactions with your phone or tablet and using your social accounts with intent rather than doom-scrolling your reels and feed.

To start a detox, turn off your push notifications, change your device to grayscale, and reduce the brightness. Some other ways to digitally detox include designating specific tech-free hours, such as after work or during mealtimes, and limiting yourself to using one screen at a time.

You can also review your social media accounts and remove the ones that distract you from your mindfulness practice. Consider filtering distracting elements from your feed or removing apps from your home screen. While removing apps or deleting accounts can seem scary and intimidating at first, really reflecting on what these apps add to your life can help you decide whether to keep them or not.

Explore Therapy

Therapy can help you overcome internal struggles and improve your thinking. Many therapists use mindfulness practices to help clients navigate stress, relationships, and other issues. You can think of your therapist as a mindfulness guide since they help you move away from what's overwhelming you and build moment-to-moment awareness. This process lets you focus your energy on the present rather than future worries or past concerns. When searching for a therapist, consider your goals and reflect on each provider's capabilities to determine whether they're right for you.

Set Intentions

At the beginning of your mindfulness journey, consider writing down your intentions. This lets you establish your goals while also learning what mindfulness means to you. While you can set your intentions without writing them, the important part is to make an internal choice about how you want your mindfulness practice to look. A clear idea can help set the tone and foundation for transformative thinking. Ensure your intentions have a positive vibe so they lead you on an optimistic journey toward a more fulfilling life.

Set Boundaries

Boundaries let you engage with the world in a healthy way. They help ensure your interactions with others benefit your mental and spiritual wellness. In addition to having regular check-ins with yourself and scheduling time to mentally decompress, create boundaries with others by saying “maybe” rather than jumping immediately to “yes.” It's okay to say "no," too.

Hold others accountable by remaining firm with your boundaries, even though the people-pleasing part of you might want to cave. That doesn't benefit you in the short or long run. While not everyone may enjoy your assertiveness at first, sticking up for yourself helps to build stronger and healthier relationships.

Learning to live mindfully takes time and consistent effort. Starting your mindfulness journey on your own can be challenging, so finding the right guide from the beginning can help you feel confident faster. Consider working with an Intuitive Psychic who can guide and support you as you begin a more mindful lifestyle. Embracing this way of thinking can transform you into a healthier and happier version of yourself.


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