Over the last few days, I have been spending some time thinking about the year ahead and how to take action in 2020, both in my personal life and in my work.
Mindfulness is the art of being present in ones life -tasting, feeling, seeing, touching, hearing, smelling and accepting our current timeline of events.Many of us forget to be mindful and present as we go about our daily lives, however it is something that should be encouraged and possible to find the time for.
I am currently reading Gary Barlow’s autobiography, “A Better Me” which has given me an insight into the life of a famous pop star who has suffered for years with anxiety and being overweight. Although I am not a famous singer or indeed a famous songwriter, I certainly could relate to many things who wrote about in his book regarding anxiety and eating more healthy.
I have also been listening to the radio more as music really helps you focus on mindfulness and work habits. Music solves many issues, depending on the genre and maintains a positive mindset whatever the weather outside.
So since 2020 is just around the corner, being present and mindful should be part of lives from the first day of the new year. Reconnecting with nature and your senses really can boost mindfulness even in the winter months.
Taking a walk in a forest, with the crunchy leaves or a run on a desolate beach, with the chilly breeze in your face can bring focus and meaning into that present moment, when festive activities leave you drained and exhausted.
Meditation follows mindfulness and even just spending 5 minutes a day in a quiet place, focusing on your breathing, really does make a difference to our mental health and wellbeing.
Below are a few images which I have taken from my Pinterest Board, that can help you start and maintain mindfulness for the next 12 months and beyond. It is certainly going to continue to be on my list to live more meaningful in 2020.