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So...What Is Mindfulness?

I'm sure we've all heard the word being thrown around...

Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment. It's a lost art, wouldn't you say? Being aware of our present thoughts and surroundings is an area I'm sure we can all grow in. 

From the moment we wake up, we are faced with a choice: react thoughtlessly or respond thoughtfully. 

I'd love to share 3 practical tips that have helped me become more mindful; each of which can be implemented immediately. You may have heard them before...This may just be the nudge you need towards a more focused life. 

1. Turn off your notifications.
Have you ever experienced the disappointing feeling when you reach for your phone in the morning and there are no new notifications? Studies are showing links between phone usage and increased levels of anxiety and depression.* Are you subconsciously placing your value in the amount of times your phone lights up?

Why not try turning off your social media notifications? I've found it incredibly time-saving and anxiety-reducing. Which leads me to my next tip...

2. No phones in the bedroom! 
Yes, it sounds impossible. But I am living proof you do not have to be a slave to your phone. For years, I would hope that I'd magically stop my mindless scrolling before bedtime. I finally reached a point of exasperation, and started leaving it in the kitchen. The result? With my phone out of reach, I've gained an hour of sleep which has positively impacted my overall mental state. 
 
Journaling is proven to help you become more present in the moment in your daily life

3. Journal. 
I know what you're thinking. 'I sound ridiculous when I journal'. Don't worry, I get it. I've created 3 prompts to ease you into becoming aware of your state of mind. If you have time, print it out for free here. Otherwise, here they are:

3 Wins from this week
      3 Worries I would like to let go of
      Heart, how are you?

 
I encourage you to at least begin to think about your state of mind. Are there any thoughts you never finish? Let me know if you try any of these tips, or if you have any helpful mindfulness exercises! 

- Chloe Joy

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