Monday, 9 May 2016

stop what you're doing and look


A word that's been circling around for quite a while now is mindfulness. I'm not impartial to this concept but what I just can't get my head around is why being mindful has just come about in the past few years. Shouldn't we be mindful already? It doesn't take much to appreciate your surroundings and I am a total advocate for spending time with friends. Just being a little bit more aware of what you're doing can change your life (even if it's just a little bit) - I say this because recently I've been trying to be more mindful and it has definitely made me more positive.

I totally have negativity days but I try now not to be too hard on myself; I'm doing great as I am and I don't need to be as frustrated with myself as I am. I try and tell myself something good that's happened everyday - focusing at the positives over the negatives. I also think that mindfulness has become a antidote to stress, but I should look to being mindful as more of a way of life than just a 10 minute meditation every day.

I've decided to put together my tips on how you can be more mindful everyday (or just happiness tips):

Concentrate and breathe. Taking deep breathes in and out can actually be quite calming and oddly improves my mood (I wasn't really expecting this to work). Concentrate on what needs to be done and remember you can do fun things after!

Don't eat food alone. This is an odd one but eating food with other people can definitely help you appreciate what you are eating and who you're with. Because bonding over food sounds fun right?

When you look in the mirror say something good about yourself. Too many times we just see what's wrong with our body and we shouldn't! Something that might be helpful is looking in the mirror and saying that 'today is going to be a good day' because we all need a pep talk sometimes. Don't take yourself as seriously!

Take a walk outside and appreciate where you live. Why not be a tourist in your own town for a day? Just take some time to appreciate your surroundings and the place you live in. Something I really want to do is have a day just going around and visiting museums in my local area then going for lunch in a cute hidden cafe - now doesn't that sound like a good day out!

Tell someone how much they mean to you. Trust me it'll make their day and it'll make you feel happier as well!

Don't check your phone! I know this is a hard one but when you need to get things done get rid of all technology (unless you need it) and just focus on the task in hand.

Have you got any 'mindful' tips? Show some love in the comments below!

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  1. Great tips- esp about the phone! Its great to leave it for a few hours.

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  2. Loved this! It's definitely something I'll try, my exams are coming up and I could use a way of destresing! Being more mindful seems like a good way of doing this :)

    Alisha x
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    1. Thank you! I hope your exams go well :) x

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  3. This was such a lovely post, I have been being more positive lately and this will help further that!

    Meme xx

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    1. That's okay! I'm glad you're being more positive lately :) xx

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  4. I really needed this today - having such a blah day! I totally agree with the phone thing, I'm waiting for an important email now and I just keep twitching every time my phone flashes! It's a nightmare! And I loved the food comment, people who bond over food, bond for life!

    I found your blog through the BDIB chat today! :)
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    1. I hope you're better now! Definitely agree with you about bonding over food! xx

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  5. I need to start being kinder to myself!

    hannatalks

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    1. It's something we all need to do a bit more I think :)

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  6. THIS. I'd say for me it's smiling at my neighbours or even talking to them when I walk past. I live next to sheltered housing so many are elderly and a lot of the time smiling or stopping to chat or carrying shopping bags is a really lovely thing for them to have someone do for them. I Love the one about being a tourist. I feel like so often we just take where we live for granted and don't really appreciate all our cities have to offer or what an outsider would see things.


    LOVED this post! Is that your journal? legit journal goals omg i love it


    Love,

    Anne // A Portrait Of Youth

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment Anne, talking to neighbours is such a lovely thing, a few of mine are old as well so they love talking. The journal is a moleskin and I think I'm going to make it like a scrapbook! x

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  7. I absolutely love this post :) :) The point about saying something good about yourself when you look in the mirror is such a good idea and something I definitely need to start doing as I usually just end up thinking critical things which then brings my mood down.
    Love Holly x

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    1. Thank you so much Holly, I hope this tip helps you and you're not too critical! x

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  8. I love this blogpost!

    I especially love the comment about being a tourist in your own town. I live in 'TOWIE TOWN' as my family like to call it, so see lots of people visiting from different places in the country. I sometimes forget that there is now so much to do in my area and so many places I have never even visited! That is something I am deffo going to have to do this summer!

    Lovely blogpost!
    Francesca xxx
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    1. Thank you so much! I've never been to Essex but I'd love to go! It sounds like it's got so many hidden places to go xxx

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  9. I really love this post, thank you so much ! Also love your blog ! I just follow you on Bloglovin <3

    Suzanne xx
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    1. Thank you so much for the lovely comment and thank you for the follow! x

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  10. I totally agree with you! Sometimes we need to be a little bit positive and appreciate who we are. x

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    1. Definitely! Some much needed self love :) X

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  11. Pretending to be a tourist in your own city or town can be so much fun! There are so many amazing places to discover! The don't check your phone one will be hard for me as I am addicted to that thing (a).

    xx Izzy | Qthee

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    1. Don't worry, I'm addicted to it as well! I think sometimes we just need a break :)

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  12. I love to walk around my area! It is super calm and relaxing. Great tips

    Ambra
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    1. Thank you! I think we should all walk more and just get out of the house!

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  13. I loved reading this post Eleanor. It's such a cute, well thought out one and I feel as though it could definitely help some people, myself included. They are such important tips that we should all be taking into account and practising on more of a daily basis. Nobody is perfect, but we should definitely be making a conscious effort to be more mindful as often as we can :)

    Jade xx | simplyjadey.blogspot.coluk

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    1. Thank you for the lovely comment Jade, I think I need to practise these tips more as when I do I feel so positive! :)

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  14. Using my phone sparsely definitely helps with mindfulness

    xoxo,
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    1. I definitely use my phone less now and I feel much happier :) xx

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  15. I believe mindfulness has only come about recently due to our evolving "busy" culture -- we've got all sort of excuses for all sort of tasks and it's been taking a toll of us mentally, hence the dire need for mindfulness in this era.

    Your last tip on using less of our phones, of which I should completely learn to do haha, is a perfectly good example. As for tips of my own? I can't say I've got any just because I don't think I'm a very mindful person 'lest for the occasions where I actually have a sane mind intact -- which is rarely, haha.

    Thank you for sharing this, though, Eleanor; it's a very good reminder for me personally. x

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    1. Thank you for such a lovely comment May, I agree that we have such a busy culture now and I think a lot of people have found that putting a phone down makes a difference! x

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  16. Brilliant tips that can definitely lead to a more positive day
    Love the tip on not eating alone, I always feel so sad when I eat alone.. and bonding over food is definitely always fun!

    Thanks for sharing

    What Raj Wants

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    1. Thank you so much! I think eating with people is something we take for granted but I definitely feel different when I eat alone.

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  17. Great post - there are so many distractions out there that it can easy to lose sight of what you're looking for or trying to achieve.

    Emma | HarmonyBlaze.co.uk

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    1. Thank you - I totally agree, just to take the time and appreciate your surroundings :)

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  18. Really lovely tips!! It's really important to take a breather and just enjoy living.

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    Laila xo

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