We all want to make changes when a new year arrives. We spend the latter part of the year making to-do lists for the next, resolutions that we know we won't keep (I'm guilty of this too), and
But after a series of events caused me to lash out on those close to me, I had to take a step back and re-evaluate my actions, no matter what date the calendar shows. In the past few weeks, spending time with myself allowed me to discover mindfulness. I know it sounds ridiculous to discover something that should be innate, but being mindful in today's society is no easy feat. While you don't want to overanalyze mindfulness, which essentially would be doing the complete opposite, you do want to practice it.
We often to turn to practice of self-care - a luxurious bath or purchasing an inexpensive yet impulsive item - and while those certainly put us in a good mood, mindfulness goes a bit deeper than the external.
A few things you can do to help you on your journey:
- Meditation - quiet time allows us to reflect and center ourselves.
- Cutting Clutter - an overcrowded space leads to an overcrowded mind.
- Abstaining form prolonged use of electronics - yes, it's ironic seeing as though I am typing up this blog post on a computer.
When I have quiet time, I like to reflect while drinking my Deliciously Matcha tea. Matcha is grounded, loose tea leaves in powder form that can be used in many different culinary ways. The most simple way is to boil warm to hot water and whisk the matcha in for about five minutes. Matcha is a pure form of green tea, much more potent and has higher levels of antioxidants. Some benefits include:
- Boosts metabolism and burns calories
- Detoxifies effectively and naturally
- Calms the mind and relaxes the body
- Is rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins
- Enhances mood and aids in concentration
- Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
- Prevents disease
- Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
Aside from my outburst, I am getting older and trying to cultivate the life I want and what I envision that life to look like. As a Virgo, I am constantly worried about the future (a negative habit) and I am always trying to find time for everything in my life - friends, family, me-time. Burn-out for young millennial women is an increasing epidemic and I don't want to fall into that category. Being centered emotionally, physically, and mentally will make me a better friend, daughter, girlfriend, and a better person for myself. My journey to mindfulness and self-care has just begun and I hope you will join me.
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