The word mindfulness has become a buzzword, especially in the fitness and mental health space. We’re bombarded with messages about being mindful and intentional, but are then left to figure out what that looks like within our own lives. What does it mean to be mindful? How exactly do we become more intentional or find balance?
We’ve thought a lot about balance, and about making the aspirational attainable. Unfortunately there is no blueprint (though if you have one, feel free to share), and everyone’s experience is a bit different. That said, there are a few things we’re trying — despite the fact that they’re not always easy to put into practice. Find our mindfulness goals ahead — and if you’re game, join us.
For some of us, saying no can be pretty damn hard. However, it’s an important step in maintaining balance. Say no when someone asks you to hang but you’re not feeling it. Say no even when you scheduled that extra pilates class but your body needs a break. Tune into yourself and establish your own boundaries — you might just find a whole lot more peace.
Give yourself permission to slow down. Breathe and create space (yes, we did take that line from our favorite yoga instructor). Life moves so fast, we forget to take deep breaths and really connect with our minds and bodies. Avoid getting stuck in a spot in life where you move through the motions just because it’s routine. Gain awareness by shaking things up and then slowing them down.
Slowing down can free up space to reflect. On what exactly? Ultimately, that’s up to you. Once you take a pause, this might become a whole lot more clear. Make the most of this moment by meditating for a few minutes or writing in a journal. Do whatever helps brings some clarity to your thoughts.
This can be done in the comfort of your own home, a local park, a nearby beach, or backyard woods. No passport or fancy meditation schedule required. And if you’re struggling to reflect, try saying a few affirmators out loud — and say them until you believe them. Here are a few of our faves.
- I am getting stronger every day.
- I am in awe of what my body is capable of.
- No one can make me feel inferior.
- I was not made to give up.
- I will not worry about things I cannot control.
- I am worthy of love and respect.
- I am surrounded by positivity.
- I have the courage to say “no”.