6 Mindfulness Practices for 2018

I hate to admit it, but 2017 kind of kicked my ass. Sure, I had a few personal and professional victories, but I feel like I had just as many missed opportunities (the thought of which pretty much makes it impossible for me to enjoy the wins that a did get- something that I’m trying to work on).

Anyway, my New Year’s Resolution is to be more mindful in 2018. Last year, I noticed that I have a really hard time being happy in the present because I’m always thinking of things that I should be doing to make sure that I have a better future (spoiler: I usually don’t do these things, and end up feeling even worse about myself, which makes it even harder to enjoy the present). Here are the ways that I’m going to try to work on that:

  1. Mini-Meditations
    For these guys, I’m going to set a reminder on my phone once every two hours or so. When it goes off, I’m going to take at least 10 seconds to just breathe in and out, and to release any tension I didn’t realize I was holding. My mantra for these is “full body smile” because that phrase really helps me focus on inhaling positivity and exhaling stress and negativity.
  2. Mindful Eating
    This is all about paying attention to what you’re putting in your body. I’ve been having a lot of random health problems lately, and I know that a lot of them stem from problems in my diet. My first goal with this is to completely stop eating food while watching TV or doing anything else. It’s important to focus on what you’re putting in your body, and on how it makes you feel (both physically and mentally) afterwards.
  3. Easy Goals- Give Yourself a Reason to Celebrate
    My first easy goal is to do 30 minutes of yoga at least once a week. Yoga is something that always improves my mood and energy levels, but I’ve never managed to make it a regular part of my routine. By setting an easy (and totally doable) goal of doing yoga once a week, I’m giving myself at least one victory a week to celebrate. Little big victories are a big motivator for me to keep going and achieve even more. Think about what motivates you, and do something little to work towards that every week. It’ll add up, trust me!
  4. Victory and Gratefulness Meditation Before Bed
    Each night when I lay in bed, I will recite 3 victories from that day (no matter how small!) and 3 reasons to be grateful. No caveats, no second-guessing myself, just deep breaths and letting myself genuinely feel those feelings of accomplishment and gratitude. This serves two purposes- keeping me positive and motivated to keep working towards my goals, and making my bed a place of positive energy and restfulness. I am a huge insomniac, and it’s definitely not rare for me to have a panic attack or two before finally becoming exhausted enough to drift off to sleep. Here’s hoping that these positive habits will help change that!
  5. Take Care of Yourself, Girl!
    I am the WORST at making time to take care of myself, which is doubly dumb because I have problematic skin that gets very angry at me when I don’t care for it the right way. I’m going to work on finding a doable wellness routine that works for me, and on using that routine as a form of meditation. Might as well pamper my mind while I’m pampering my body!
  6. Journal More!
    Right now I have been blogging and writing in my journal so sporadically, and I’m really going to try to change that in 2018. I work way better when I can put my thoughts into words, and I definitely don’t do that often enough. I’d like to be able to take stock of where I’m at both wellness-wise and career-wise, so that I can keep track of what’s working and what isn’t.

For the next 7 Mondays, I’m going to update you on how everything is going with these 6 goals, so that I can make changes where needed, and hopefully help some of your guys achieve your wellness goals as well. (Everything’s better when you have accountability buddies cheering for you!) Each week, I’ll focus on a different goal, and on the 7th week I’ll do a bit of a review post, looking back to see if/how my mindset and habits have changed.

What are your resolutions for the New Year? What are your mindfulness practices and goals? Comment below and start a conversation!

Wishing you peace and love,

-catherine rose

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