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Mindful March – Day 31 – Go nature spotting

Mindful March – it’s the last day

So today we are focusing on the outside world again. And it’s all about awareness today. Take some time out to go nature spotting. Which might sound really odd if you’re nowhere near nature, but you can actually find all sorts of wonders of the natural world even in the city.

It could be:

  • Different trees you hadnt noticed before
  • The way some flowers can break through concrete
  • Maybe birds nesting in trees
  • Foxes scooting through the streets
  • Honey bee looking for a place to create a hive

The possibilities are endless… just take the time to go look and marvel at nature.

  • The last task for Mindful March: Go nature spotting today, even in a city there is wildlife.

Special thanks go to www.actionforhappiness.org for their amazing work and launching Mindful March.

Mindful March – Day 30 – Notice the joy in the simple things

We are nearly there!

So our month of Mindfulness is nearly over with just two days to go.  Today it’s about noticing the joy in the simple things of life.

That could be:

  • The smell of fresh coffee
  • The smile of a loved one
  • how the sun glints off the windows
  • how your body feels in a warm bath
  • jumping in a puddle like a kid
  • The sharp taste of a freshly cut lemon

It can be absolutely anything you want at all, just be really aware of the joy you feel. The experience and how that feels in your body and relish in it. There are so many beautiful joyous things that we can open our hearts and eyes to given the chance to truly think and see.  So try it and see what you could find joy in today.

Just one more day to go… make today count!

Special thanks go to www.actionforhappiness.org for their amazing work and launching Mindful March.

Mindful March – Day 28 – Stop work earlier and use the time to be still

Welcome to Day 28 #MindfulMarch

Just a few days to go! So today, the goal is to just take a little time out. We become hypnotized by our daily routines sometimes. getting up at the same time, eating the same breakfast, taking the same route to work and just generally zoning out when we are doing things throughout the day. Today, the goal is to stop work earlier than usual and take the time to be still. Now before you moan that you ‘can’t’, especially if you work for someone else, I’m here to tell you that you can.  Even if you stop just a couple of minutes before 5pm you can stop. The point isnt how early you stop, rather than you stop and be still.  Even if its just a couple of minutes away from your desk where you can sit in stillness, then do that.

However you need to get away, do it, and just spend that time focused on you.

Special thanks go to www.actionforhappiness.org for their amazing work and launching Mindful March.

Mindful March – Day 26 – Tune into your feelings

Day 26 of Mindful March

Today, we are focusing on the body again. One thing we are usually really good at doing is self-criticizing. When we do something wrong, or something doesn’t go the way we wanted then our internal critic can take over. Today, by going inside and just tuning into ourselves without judging we are effectively giving our internal judge permission to stop.

Our internal critic, that nagging voice in your head that tells you that you are stupid, or complains when you make a mistake actually serves a purpose. It comes from a primal part of the brain and its role is to protect us. To protect us from doing anything that could get us expelled from the tribe. In order words, it’s main goal is to make sure we don’t die. Kinda makes sense that it’s nagging us all the time.

But there is a way we can deal with this internal critic or judge or whatever you want to call it. That’s by simply acknowledging it, and letting it know you are safe. When it complains, just take a deep breath, tell yourself all is well and breath out.  Today go inside and notice any feelings that come up and don’t judge them.

Just allow them to be there and notice them.

Special thanks go to www.actionforhappiness.org for their amazing work and launching Mindful March.

Mindful March – Day 25 – Mentally scan your body & notice your feelings

Welcome to Day 24

One of the easiest ways to distract our minds from the noise and clutter around us is to take our minds to our bodies.

By focusing our attention on our bodies we give our reptilian brain something to focus on other than the worry of the day or any issues that may be preoccupying you for even just a moment.

You can do this, either sitting or lying down. Just take 5 minutes away from whatever you are doing and go somewhere quiet.

Close your eyes and take 3 deep breaths in and out.

Then work from the top of your head down to the tips of your feet. And slowly work down your body, and notice any tenseness or feelings that come up. As you notice any tenseness or feelings just breathe into them deeply and move onto the next body part.

This is so simple but so effective in helping you connect with yourself. Try it!

Mindful March – Day 24 – Mentally scan your body & notice your feelings

Special thanks go to www.actionforhappiness.org for their amazing work and launching Mindful March.