Mindfulness Is the Self-Care Secret You've Been Looking For
Now more than ever we can benefit from living in the present, especially in the interest of self-care. It’s easy to get sucked into endless news cycles that provide little comfort or social media content that reminds you of all the things you don’t have. If you find yourself preoccupied with everything going on in the world and unable to focus on the present moment, a mindfulness practice could be great for you. Mindfulness is the practice of living in the present moment and observing your world, and your own experience, without judgment. Think of it like watching clouds float by on a sunny day — you see them, you acknowledge that they’re there, and you let them go on their way.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to infuse our self-care practice to help us live in the moment.
Put down the phone
Unplugging from social media is one of the easiest steps to living in the moment. Don’t get us wrong — establishing meaningful connections is more important now than ever, and social media is one way we stay in touch with friends when we can’t connect in person. But all of that lovely intention to be meaningful goes awry when we get sucked into streams of content that were technologically designed to hold our interest with a vice grip. It’s not easy to just set your phone down and walk away, especially if you use your phone for at-home work.
One way to limit online consumption is to turn off your wifi for a short period of time each day. This is incredibly helpful if you find yourself habitually reaching for your devices without even realizing you’re doing so. If will power is your forte, then simple scheduling blocks of tech-free time throughout your day will help you commit to more mindful moments. Disconnecting from tech is the first step in getting back in touch with yourself and the present.
At-home activities like yoga, journaling, and meditation are amazing ways to get a better sense of your physical and emotional self. All of these things are also part of the practice of grounding, which is when you feel deeply in touch with your emotions, your internal world, and your physical body.
If you’re new to the practice of grounding, deep breathing is one easy way to center yourself. Start by taking a large, slow, inhale for four counts, hold that breath for another four counts, and let it out slowly, again for four counts. Focusing on your breath helps to bring you back into your body and forget all of the chatter from the outside world. Most mindfulness meditations begin with deep breathing exercises exactly for this very reason.
If you’re fortunate enough to have access to a safe outdoor space, connecting with mother nature is another amazing way to center yourself. Earthing is a part of grounding that encourages physical connection with nature, like walking barefoot in the grass. The physicality of earthing is a great way to re-center if you’re feeling overwhelmed by or caught up in your thoughts. Once you’re outside, take a moment to appreciate things around you that you may not have noticed before. Is the sun shining? Is the wind blowing? How does it feel? Are there birds singing or trees rustling? You don’t have to be deep in a forest to appreciate these things either.
Try stepping onto the roof of your apartment building or home balcony for a few moments of fresh air and clear sky, and make a point of appreciating the small moments and sensations around you.
Our bodies and minds are two parts of a whole, so taking care of your physical self is also a way to create moments of mindfulness. Any home-friendly exercise like dance cardio, yoga, mat pilates, or simple bodyweight exercise is an amazing way to get back in touch with your physical self.
It’s been shown that 30 minutes of exercise daily releases enough endorphins to lift your mood significantly. Taking care of your body is another grounding technique and also a great way to exercise self-love. Start by taking note of how your body feels — perhaps your hands dry from frequent washing, or you’ve been slacking on your dry brushing and are feeling puffy.
Embracing a body-care routine is actually a great way to marry the physical benefits of grounding with the mental health benefits of self-care. We love to use our Revitalizing Body Lotion for a mindful moment of self-care after our morning shower. It has a fresh lemongrass scent, which is used in aromatherapy to boost self-confidence.
Maybe your elbows or heels are feeling particularly rough and could use a little extra attention, so try adding a few drops of our Rejuvenating Face Oil for a soothing massage as a way to value a part of your body that's often overlooked. With so much going on in the world, it can be easy to lose touch with your inner self.
Practicing regular moments of mindfulness can help you live in the moment and better appreciate all that you have. The truth is that no matter where you are in life, you have so many reasons to feel joy — sometimes you just lose sight of them.