Intentional living · Wellness

Finding time to be mindful

When I come across people who seem to be able to juggle so many tasks and projects, I always wonder, how do these people find time to do so much?

A mother of 3 who has a full time job and a YouTube channel?!

HOW?!

I have no children and no pets, and I am already struggling to find time to do all the things that I want to do. I have a full time job, and I try to spend the rest of my time on health and fitness. This will of course include both physical and mental health.

For my physical health, I try to do some form of workout every day. I will run 4 days a week, try to swim once a week, and do some bodyweights workout every day.

As for my mental health, I have been trying to meditate more often, and just to spend more time creating than consuming.

I realised that we consume so much throughout our lives, whether it is through buying material items, or just absorbing all that we watch and hear. TV, social media, videos online. Even reading is consuming. When we consume so much, how much time and energy do we have left to create? Oftentimes, we get so overwhelmed by the sheer number of information available to us that we are convinced that there is no way we can “create” better than “that”.

But how can we create when we do not even give our minds time time to be creative?

Ever noticed that the best ideas come when you are not consuming?

I know it is very difficult to not do anything, or to be focused on just that one task at that particular time. Trust me, I am someone who cannot have an idle mind. I cannot sit for more than a minute without watching or reading something. Even when I am doing my skincare, I will have YouTube videos playing in front of me. When I eat, I will either be reading or watching something too.

The only time I am forced to mono task is when I am showering or sleeping.

Which is why it is very important for me to meditate. It is the only way I can make myself not to actively do anything.

I do not meditate for long. I only do 5 minutes for each session, and I try to meditate twice a day: once in the morning after my workout, and once at night before I go to bed. When I meditate in the morning, it helps prepare me mentally for the challenges that are to come. At night, it helps me to unwind.

In a world filled with distractions, where almost any information can be literally at our fingertips (hello Google), it is extremely important for us to take time to disconnect and spend time with just ourselves.

If you are interested in walking this path, join me in my attempt to try to do the following:-

  1. Meditate for 5 minutes, once in the morning and once before bedtime.
  2. Disconnect from technology an hour before bedtime.
  3. When eating, only eat. Focus only on the plate of food in front of you. It doesn’t matter if it feels awkward to be eating out alone.
  4. Do not Google every question that comes into mind. Keep a notebook and write down these questions for later. You will be surprised at how sometimes you are able to figure out the answers yourselves.
  5. Do not reach out for your phone the moment you feel bored. Instead, ask yourself, why are you bored? Write your thoughts down in your journal.

I admit that I struggle to do all the above too. But that shouldn’t stop us from trying. Life is after all a journey.

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