Meditation requires time, which is often a luxury. However, there are some things you can do to quiet your mind and gain clarity, besides meditation.
To say that we live in stressful times is an understatement. Our minds are full of clutter, always working, solving problems, creating them, so learning to de-stress is non-negotiable.
While most people find comfort in meditating, not everyone does. Some find it boring, others are confused by it, and some are even scared. But sadly, most people can't afford the time to slow down and breathe.
Luckily, not all is lost. There are many grounding, mindful techniques you can start practicing to get a peaceful mind.
Get Some Exercise
Exercising is a great way to get rid of all the negative energy while enjoying creating the body of your dreams.
When you are meditating, you're quieting your mind. But when you're exercising, you're doing more for your overall health. Plus, if you enter a pilates or Zumba class, you may form some new friendships.
Still not enough time? Wake up ten minutes earlier, and start stretching. Do it daily until your body is ready for more of a power workout.
Live In The Now, Plan Ahead
If you're looking for a way to live a less stressful life, maybe you're among people who enjoy making lists. So, start planning tasks at least a day in advance.
You can even prepare your outfit for the next day or week. It will teach you more about time management, and getting into routines will make you a more efficient worker.
Spa Night At Your Home
Once a week, if not more often, have a relaxing bath. Make it a spa-like experience: bring out the candles, gentle music, and add essential oils.
Breathe in and out, and follow the sounds, smells, sights. Don't force yourself to quiet the mind: just by enjoying yourself and de-stressing, you'll get there.
Draw or Color
You can't fall asleep, and you're too annoyed to meditate. Get your pencils and start drawing. If you can't draw, then it's coloring time.
Coloring, drawing, similarly to knitting or pottery classes, is a way to get closer to being in the now. That is the primary goal of mindful meditation.
Working with your hands will give you a sense of accomplishment and spark creativity. It's time-consuming, but you can start doing these things with your children or your partner. It's your time which you can share with others. Sounds cool, right?
The Almighty Gratitude
Each morning or evening, write down three things you're grateful for. It can be as simple as a fresh cup of coffee. Whenever you're feeling overwhelmed, reread your entries.
Gratitude, like meditation, is a form of prayer. It's a way to gain perspective and reflect on everyone and everything you already have.
Start your gratitude journal today, and in a few weeks, the magic will start to happen. You will still be you, only less anxious and even a bit happier.
There's a special bond between dogs and their owners. Some people claim that this bond made their lives better, even helped them cope with anxiety and depression.
A simple act of stroking your fluffy friend is calming. The calmer you are, the more peaceful your dog becomes. When you feel unconditional love and acceptance, you can do something incredible and try to see what they see.
Other pets can help as well, but dogs are making us kinder to everyone, including ourselves. That's a small yet powerful step to a more positive, healthier life.
In a crazy world we call our reality, knowing how to quiet your mind will have positive impacts on your work, love life, relationships. It will also help you with digestive issues, insomnia, and weight loss.
Even the best of us skip meditating from time to time. But, we shouldn't have excuses for skipping on a gratitude diary or spending time with our fur buddies.
Stop thinking, or better yet, overthinking, and start finding ways to live a more peaceful life. Take that calming bath, let your dog take you out for a walk, draw, fill your mind with joy.