HEALTH: Being mindful!

Hey all,

Just want say a big thank who has liked this page so far!! I’m not sure what I’m expecting from this but I suppose if I can maybe make some sort of a difference to somebody or brighten someone’s day then I’ll be happy!!

I’ve been thinking a lot about what my first piece should be on and while I could go really light hearted and review my fabulous Pippa Palette (that I couldn’t be without) or my summery nails that I got done today (I’ll share a pic), I felt these were too ‘typical’!! And yes, of course I’m sure there’ll be times where I’ll want to focus on something girly and light hearted like that, I really feel there is something more I can talk about than just this to start!!

As I mentioned, I have been thinking about this pretty much all day and what I really feel we need to notice and maybe change our thoughts on is….. Motivational pictures/quotes/posts!!!
I’m sure you’re wondering what my issue is with them – well it’s not that I have an issue with them and frankly I feel I can be quite motivational if need be BUT I think it’s so important to take into consideration those of us that just cannot bare the sight of yet another, ‘motivational, positive spiel!’
Of course we all need a kick in the ass from time to time but let’s remember that it’s ok not to be ok! This is a message that we are hearing so much more in society lately. People are becoming less afraid of mental health and more willing to talk about it and personal struggles, but what about those of us that just simply do not want to talk?? Shoving another, ‘make today ridiculously amazing’ cheesy motivational quote in someone’s face is not what that person who is struggling wants to see or hear. I have yet to see someone post something that says anything about acknowledging that feeling of anxiety or stress or anger or whatever it may be!! Sometimes those quotes can become so condescending to someone who is already down that their eyes are worn out from all the eye rolls!!
Snapchat is full of photos of the perfect smoothie to start the day or pop on Instagram and you’ll find all the #healthybreakfast photos to make you wonder where you’re going wrong. Whether you’re the one who runs out the door with your coat on one arm or the person who just likes a plain bowl of porridge or a slice of toast….that’s ok!!! Don’t get me wrong, of course we all love the glamour that comes with all of these perfect pictures/snapchats etc but what I feel gets unnoticed or yet again, pushed aside, because it’s not glamorous or doesn’t depict perfection are the issues that we all face from time to time – our minds and the state that they may be in.
Mindfulness is a concept that is relatively new to me but I have been so intrigued to learn more about it in recent months because I feel it is something we should all know about and be aware of. It’s easy to see a broken arm or a bruise but it’s not so easy to see a broken mind or a bruised soul, it can be very easy for some of us to put on your “best fake smile” and put our best side out and not so easy for others.

Today I wanted to highlight the importance of mindfulness and what it means and how it can help us all going forward in a world where mental health has become way more of an issue than ever before.

Mindfulness is a noun defined as ‘the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something and a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.’
Mindfulness is not just about assisting those of us that need a little extra help in our minds but it’s a concept that we should all take note of. If we start to be aware of the moments we’re living and the feelings we’re feeling, we might not feel like life passes us by quite so rapidly or feel like we’re absolutely losing the plot. It is something that can make us all stop amidst the madness and just for a moment in time maybe we can allow ourselves to just ‘be’… Whether it’s on our way to work or even just for two minutes during a hectic day or on route home in the evenings!! We are our own worst enemies and if we don’t even try to take care of ourselves how can we expect help from anyone else? Or how can we know how to help anyone else? We need to learn and remember how just just breathe for a moment and not be constantly running away with what we have to do next!! When is the last time you stopped in the middle of your day at work or at home and just allowed yourself to just ‘be’ in that moment?? When is the last time you sat and listened to your own mind and allowed yourself to intentionally bring your focus to the present moment and feel what you’re feeling? How many of us simply don’t have the time for this? We’re too busy doing the things we need to do, caring for everyone else around us! This is natural and normal but in a world where we’re seeing so many more mental health problems snowballing we need to know that none of us are immune to them!! We need to recognise that fact and do something before we find ourselves feeling vulnerable. And in turn knowing that if we are feeling anxious or vulnerable that it’s alright to feel that way. It’s ok not to want to talk about it or go shouting from the rooftops – there are so many other outlets out there for us.
So essentially my purpose in this piece is to remind all those who do an eye roll at the mass amount of motivation that flies round social media, that they are not alone or forgotten about and in turn bring their attention and everyone else’s attention to the concept of ‘Mindfulness’. Hopefully I will have helped someone or introduced mindfulness to some of you!! I’ll leave a link to the site on mindfulness for anyone who would like to learn more about it!!:)

Be mindful.

Thanks for reading guys!
-J x 

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