A lot of people lately have been jumping on this whole Hygge lifestyle trend and I am loving it (Although let’s be honest I’m sure a lot of us have always been totally up for a relaxing Sunday in bed with tea and books and cosy-ness!) and I thought it very much tied in with the mindfulness trend that’s also up and coming.
With the continuing increase in work load and pressure we seem to be under recently, whether it be juggling jobs or facing new challenges; work, academic, health or otherwise, the importance of taking time out is even more important. I’ve noticed this a lot amongst the blogosphere in general (mainly because we’re all perfectionists that want to provide great content, but a lot of us are also preoccupied with full time commitments) and so thought I’d share some of the things that have been working for me since the start of this academic year, in case anyone’s looking for ideas…
This has probably been the main thing that has really helped me this year. Smiling Mind is an app (similar to the Mindfulness App – except that it’s free (which is why I changed to it)) that has a number of different podcast-type files that are based on practicing mindfulness and meditation. The great thing about this is that most of the files (on the Adult program anyway – I haven’t really explored the whole app because there’s a tonne of content) are only about 5-10 minutes long and the guy on it literally just talks you through a short practice that really calms me down.
I usually listen to the meditation ones right before I go to sleep and it really helps me not to check my phone and to really take a good 10 minutes to relax and unwind and focus on my body and my mind. If I’m honest the main reason I think it’s helped me is because by doing this I have been sleeping really well and have definitely been feeling more refreshed, awake and productive the next morning, thus impacting the rest of my day!
You can do these meditations anytime, anywhere and there’s a variety of different podcasts, for example ones for sleep, ones for stress, emotion, worries, curiosity etc – I just love it! Also the guy has an Australian accent and that may be a factor in why I love it so much! (just you wait till I find an Irish one!!)
I know I’ve mentioned this in a post before, but I am really loving the buzz that I get from yoga. The class I take a uni is definitely not easy – I’m very tired and sweaty by the end of it (even the beginners class) but I’ve certainly noticed a huge difference in my energy levels and my flexibility and strength simply from going to one 1.5 hour class each week. I’ll admit, I’m terrible at self motivation lately and never really practice at home (partly because my room is so tiny and I don’t really want to take up the whole living room shoving my bum in the air with 3 other housemates about – I know excuses excuses) but I’ve bought a mat and now I’m home for Christmas I’m going to try and at least do some short 20-30 minute Yoga with Adrienne practices to try and maintain this buzz!
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I was going to add a few other little bits like going for a walk or a bath with a relaxing Spotify playlist and candles, but I’ve appeared to have rambled on a fair bit (as usual) and don’t want to bore you completely with things you probably know already.
Do let me know if you have any other good ideas for staying mindful and/or whether you’ve tried any of the above things? What do you think?