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  • Writer's pictureAshley McMann

Finding renewal in spring:Cultivating Presence and peace

As we approach the Spring Equinox, often viewed as a time of renewal and rebirth, it's the perfect time to reflect on the past and set intentions for the future. If you're tired of the same old resolutions and are yearning for a genuine change this year, consider embracing mindfulness as your guiding light. In this chaotic world, cultivating a present and mindful mindset might just be the game-changer you've been looking for in order to find peace.

 

white and pink flowers in spring

Embracing the Now

 

Let's face it – our society is constantly plugged in, multitasking, and juggling a myriad of responsibilities. It's like we're on a perpetual treadmill of commitments and expectations. But what if we hit pause, took a deep breath, and soaked in the beauty of the present moment?

 

Mindfulness is all about being fully present and engaged in the here and now. It's not about shutting out the world but rather tuning into it with heightened awareness. So, put down that smartphone, turn off those notifications, and let's savor the simplicity of the moment.

 

Mindful Moments in a Busy World

 

Now, you might be thinking, "I barely have time to grab a decent cup of coffee – how can I be mindful?" Before writing it off, let me tell you mindfulness can be easily be woven into your daily routine implementing one or all of the below techniques.

 

Morning Mindfulness Routine: Kickstart your day with intention. Instead of diving straight into the hustle, spend a few minutes in quiet reflection or engage in a mindful activity, like savoring your morning brew or stretching. One thing, I’ve personally been implementing in my morning routine is to put off scrolling at least an hour after waking. I use this hour without screens to complete my daily devotion, write my morning pages and ease into my morning.

 

Tech Detox Challenge: Designate specific times to detach from your digital devices. Whether it's during meals, before bed, or during your commute, give yourself a break from the constant barrage of information. As mentioned above, I personally have made a commitment to be more intentional with my phone usage going forward. For me this looks like plugging my phone up in the kitchen between the hours of 9 pm and 9 am while my do not disturb is on. This gives me the time to slow down and be intentional with my time. It has also allowed me the opportunity to fall in love with reading again. Try plugging your phone in away from your bed in order to mitigate the temptation to pick it up and scroll at night.

 

Mindful Walks: Set aside time in your day to get outside and walk mindfully. Whether it’s 20 minutes or an hour, just allow yourself the space to get out and disconnect for a bit. While on your walk put the phone away and allow yourself to just be. Notice the sights around you, the sway of the trees, people passing by, the sound of the wind, birds chirping, the breeze on your skin, the smell of fresh cut grass. Be mindful of your surroundings and really allow yourself to take it all in.

 

Rewiring the Brain

 

So you may be asking why mindfulness? How is this going to help your anxiety or mental health? Studies suggest that practicing mindfulness can lead to significant changes in the brain, enhancing our ability to regulate emotions and reduce stress. Think of it like a mental gym session, but without the sweat. Intentional and consistent mindfulness practices allow us to build up our tolerance to daily disruptions and negative emotions. Just like consistent strength training will allow you to carry a heavier load, practicing mindfulness builds a stronger mind.

 

The Power of Gratitude

 

With each new year it is so easy to get stuck in the trap of focusing on everything we didn’t complete in the previous year. But as we all might know by now, shaming ourselves for what we haven’t done rarely works to create change. As we embark on a new year, let's shift our focus from what's lacking to what we're grateful for. Keep a gratitude journal and jot down a few things each day. It could be as simple as a sunny day, a good cup of coffee, or that unexpected text from a friend.

 

Conclusion: Your Mindful Journey Begins Now

 

So, fellow anxious minds, as we dance into the new year, let's make a pact to embrace mindfulness. Let's choose presence over perfection, calm over chaos, and genuine connections over digital noise. Your journey to a more peaceful mindset starts now, one mindful moment at a time. Here's to a year filled with clarity, intention, and an abundance of peace. Let's make it happen! 🌟✨

 

If you want to dive deeper into your mindful journey we are here to help! Schedule your free consult using the button below or you can contact us via email at admin@mindfullivingtherapytx.com or phone 512-931-1404.

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