Being mindful means having an awareness of the current moment and accepting things for what they are instead of pretending that they could be something entirely different. For example, you open Instagram and see a fit and healthy mom with five kids in her big house, not worrying about money or getting dinner ready. Why can’t you have that? Well, you don’t know the full story of what goes on behind the scenes, and there are a million examples of people just like this who present “exaggerated” or “false personas” online that aren’t true to reality.
Someone who isn’t mindful will get lost in that post, and then they will reflect on their life and feel bad. Then they won’t feel motivated by their accomplishments. This is where mindfulness comes in.
A person can be mindful only when they have trained their mind to stay in the present moment and not wander off and get sucked into a black hole of negativity and distractions. But each day, it seems as if we’re forgetting our roots, our humanity, and our sense of self-being. And the social media applications that we keep using without being able to control ourselves plays a vital role in tarnishing our mindful thinking capacities.
Now that you’re stuck inside the house and have tons of free time to use your phone and mindlessly scroll through Instagram, it seems that reclaiming your mindfulness has become more important than ever. Allow us to share some of these mindfulness techniques that will help you and turn your time of wastefulness into a time of quality.
Practice these influential exercises every day to strengthen your mindfulness.
- Limit your usage of social media. It is easy to feel stressed out by comparing your life to what you see others posting. Sometimes these posts are real, the accomplishments are earned, and their relationships are solid. Whether or not they are exaggerations or truths isn’t really the point. If you took the time spent on social media and applied that to learning a skill or connecting with people, you might find that you have more positive things to post too.
- Focus on one thing at a time. Find something in your own space to focus on. This exercise will train your mind not to dwell on any one thing, such as seeing ever post on Instagram.
- Name your emotions. If you can name it, you can tame it. Realize the emotions that you’re feeling. For example, grief, confusion, stress, and so on. Think of the reasons behind your emotions and write them down. Writing down your feelings can help you control them and cope with reality.
- Find a distraction-free zone in the house. That means don’t bring your phone or any other electronic device unless it is a speaker to play calming music. Sit or lie down comfortably and practice your breathing exercises. Meditation brings peace to your mind and slows down your breathing process.
- Another technique to start being mindful is regaining the control of your five senses. Look around and notice five things that you can find and repeat their names. Then look for four things that you can feel or touch with your hands. Next, list out three things that you can hear, and two that you can smell. And at last, find one thing that you can taste.
If you are trying to be mindful, start by turning off or deactivating your social media accounts. Don’t let yourself get lost in other people’s worlds, especially when you don’t know if what they are presenting to you is real or not. Try these mindfulness techniques and see if that helps you to achieve what you want in life.