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This last year has proven to be one of the hardest years for so many of us. Affecting those in all walks of life, from people suffering from loneliness to the mother with a house full again with grown children. Even me, who’s lucky enough to never have struggled with my mental health, have found it extremely hard at times. So much so that a couple of weeks ago I felt completely overwhelmed and for a moment really felt like I’d lost myself.
So you know what I did? I signed up to attend a beginner’s practice with a local Buddhist temple. Don’t ask me why, but since driving passed a local temple, I had this burning feeling that I really wanted to give it ago. I have always been spiritual and recently have up the ante with meditation and have noticed already an improvement in my mental health. Even though I was scared to go out of my comfort zone and to try something new, I signed up for a virtual practice anyway.
So what did I learn that I can pass on to you?
1.Don’t tell everyone you want to become a Buddha. He’s the guy with the beautifully doughy belly…I definitely meant I want to become a Buddhist, honest!
2.Look for tiny moments that make you feel grateful, not just the big things. It might be a bird’s song or how the sunlight is bouncing off a puddle. Just noticing these small moments brings our awareness to how wonderful our life is and makes us realise that, even in turbulent times, there are still these moments to anchor us down.
3.Ask yourself what can I control? Only put your energy into those things that you can control, such as your mindset or your time spent. Take a moment to take the following quote in..."We suffer more in imagination than we do in reality" - Seneca. This is just a reminder, to try not to worry about the future and only focus on what's happening right now.
4.Schedule these moments of self-care in with pen and paper! Making sure that I scheduled my practice into my planner meant that something else couldn’t just crop up and steal my "me-time". Scheduling my "me-time" in like this also meant that, as above, it was something I could control and gave me something to look forward to.
5.You'll only regret the things you didn't do and not the things you did do! I really enjoyed myself and I'm glad I made the first step into doing something for me. I am looking forward to attending again next week!
One last thing I've learnt over these past few months;
Scheduling properly has a knack to it, believe it or not. I have learnt this first hand! I must add that I have Carrie to thank for my new scheduling skills (she is literally the queen of to-do lists and getting sh*t done).
Now I’m scheduling properly I spend my time with purpose and with mindfulness. Know you need to plan your life better but not sure where to start? Get a FREE copy of our 4-week planner here.