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On Sunday morning, I woke up later than usual. 08h50. I needed the extra sleep. I was still in that cosy, just waking up stage of being too lazy to get out of bed to switch the kettle on for tea, but wanting a cup, wondering what the weather was like outside and trying not to wake up my sleeping husband, who had got home from work only a few hours prior.

My phone buzzed next to my bed. It was Maria suggesting a promenade walk with her and her 5 month Boston Terrier, Nacho. Part of me was still in the cosy, I’m-not-moving state, but I decided to not be that friend and told her to give me a few mins to change out of my PJs. IMG_8022.jpg15 minutes later, I was meeting her with 2 take away lattes and we got chatting about a book she is reading. It’s a book about mindfulness – ironically I never found out the name of it, but it was exactly the conversation I needed to have – a lovely reminder. We live in such a fast paced world, with never ending to-do lists and plans. We are so busy looking at what lies ahead that we forget to live in the moment.

Mindfulness is being observant, living in each moment and being present in each moment and focusing on one task.

How often do we have a meal and actually enjoy each mouthful? If I’m honest, I’m either distracted by scrolling through Instagram, or reading an email or a blog.

How often do you notice something new in your neighbourhood or on the same route your travel each day. Do you notice the new billboard or the new slick of paint on that house/apartment/office block?

How observant are you?

I used to think multitasking was wonderful and a skill to be honed, but I’m starting to think that it’s making us less mindful and less focused.

This is what happened to me this morning. I needed to see something in an email from a few days ago. I turned to my laptop, but suddenly a FB notification alerted me to being tagged in a photo. Eek, what photo? Click on FB. Oh nice. Eyes are open and it’s not a bad angle. Winning. Like and allow on timeline. Oh, it’s xyz birthday. Wish them. Scroll down home page, like/love a few posts. Cool title for an article posted. Click on it. It takes me to a new URL. Read article. Another article catches my eye under suggested articles. Click and read. This is amazing and they have a cool Instagram feed. Must follow. Open Instagram. Search. Follow. My phone rings. Take call. Open Calendar on my iPhone and insert voice over session. Brought back to reality and I remember that I had opened my laptop originally to find an email.

A good 15 minutes of unnecessary distraction. How often does this happen to you?

I’m trying to be more mindful and not mind full. Get it?

Im trying to stay focused on one thing and give each task 100% of my attention. It’s only fair isn’t it?

I think the best way to start is:

  1. Being aware that you want to be mindful and present.
  2. Being aware of your breath, which really focuses you in the now. When I feel anxious or stressed, I just focus on my breathing and slow it down. It’s so helpful.
  3. Savour each meal. I’m really trying to stop looking at my phone and just enjoy each mouthful.
  4. When I drive I focus on the road, but also look at the sky, the streets, the buildings and try to take it all in and observe my surroundings instead of thinking of what I need to do next.
  5. Being grateful for what I have right now in this moment. This is a brilliant way to really hone in on the present. Right now, I have this awesome laptop to tap away at and put down all my thoughts, ramblings and work. I have delicious coffee next to me and my tummy is full. I have my health. I have a loving family, husband and friends. I have a job I adore. I have this blog that allows me to share and speak to a community.

How do you stay mindful? MindMindfulPS. Thanks Maria for the inspiration for this post! x

 

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11 Comments

  • Reply Mariam

    What you say makes so much sense Bailey! I am so guilty of being distracted! I was in the middle of doing some work when I had the thought to check your blog and that is just what I did! But I am sure this is the one exception that is allowed. Right? 😉

    April 5, 2016 at 11:18 am
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      Haha … I love this exception- but I am slightly biased! Thanks for stopping by

      April 5, 2016 at 11:52 am
  • Reply Megan Hartwig

    Great list! It is so important to incorporate mindfulness into our days, especially amidst the hustle and bustle most of us struggle through. Thanks for sharing! xx

    April 5, 2016 at 11:31 am
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      Thanks for reading Meg! Big hugs X

      April 5, 2016 at 11:56 am
  • Reply Nicole M

    Ironically, I was in the middle of eating lunch when I read the part about enjoying each mouthful…so I stopped reading and concentrated on my lunch, which I finished and then carried on reading. I am also busy with the Sleek Geek 30 days of Healthy habits challenge – the first day was the eating slowly and mindfully, which I did, but haven’t done since – until now.
    I think its a sign from the universe that both Sleek Geek and you alluded to this mindfulness thing in the same week…I think I need to start being less distracted by everything and more mindful about everything.

    Great read, thanks Bailey 🙂

    April 5, 2016 at 1:08 pm
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      I’m so thrilled you stopped reading to actually be present in your lunch, AND that you came back again! That means the world! Good Luck with Sleek Geek – I’ve heard good things! Thanks for stopping by x

      April 5, 2016 at 1:12 pm
  • Reply Jadie Jones

    I so needed to read this today! I’ve been running around like a headless chicken trying to fix and make and be everything all at once but in the meantime I’m missing out on the journey along the way. Thanks for your blog love it

    April 5, 2016 at 4:11 pm
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      Hey Jadie, I hear you! Exhausting! I also have to practice this because it’s easier said than done, but just breathing deeply and focusing on my meals, is a great start! I’m so glad you love my blog – you’ve made my day! Have a great day further and hope it’s a fun one x

      April 6, 2016 at 7:20 am
  • Reply Caley

    An amazing reminder Bails – I am trying to do this more often and it’s incredible what it does for the soul x

    April 5, 2016 at 8:30 pm
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      Thanks Caley! I’m really trying it – but it’s not always as easy as it sounds. It’s definitely taking lots of practice and reminders! xxx

      April 6, 2016 at 7:18 am
  • Reply Chereen

    YES! This is something I’ve been trying to incorporate into my daily life in recent months, but it’s so tough! I work in social media, so it’s my job to be on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc all day, every day… often, I’ll log-in to Facebook to post for a work client, only to find that I’ve wasted an hour scrolling on FB and I haven’t even posted what I went there to post in the first place!

    April 10, 2016 at 7:50 pm
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