How to Manifest Mindfulness with Eco Consciousness

Mindfulness is a topic that has been rising in popularity over the last few years.

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1. What Is Mindfulness +
How Can It Help Me
2. Simple Mindful Activities
You Can Perform Outdoors
3. Thanking Nature For All
Its Benefits

4. Improving Our Level Of
Consciousness

5. Simple Resources To Get
Started

With more open talk about mental health, being more mindful is something everyone is wanting to know more about.

Studies have shown benefits against a wide range of ailments, both physical and mental.

These include irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, psoriasis, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

So how can you manifest mindfulness and how can it benefit you?


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What is Mindfulness and How Can it Help Me?

Headspace defines mindfulness as, ‘the quality of being present and fully engaged with whatever we’re doing at the moment — free from distraction or judgment, and aware of our thoughts and feelings without getting caught up in them’.

It can all seem quite complex at first, but it is actually the simplest practice you can do.

It only requires as much time as you can give (even a couple of minutes a day is productive), and the only tool you need is your mind.

In simple terms, I’d describe my mindful activities as just being aware of everything around me. Just taking the time to move slowly, if at all, and concentrate on my breathing and how I feel.

It is really that straight-forward and you can’t do it wrong!

All practice is progress, and everything can be done at your own pace. This is your special time.

So, a lot of you might be thinking, what’s the point?

Well, in short, it can make you a lot happier.

According to Headspace, people who incorporate mindfulness into their lives ‘often report heightened levels of happiness, patience, acceptance, and compassion, as well as lower levels of stress, frustration, and sadness’.

Who wouldn’t want all that?

Of course everybody is different, but the evidence to support the benefits of mindfulness are immense.

One study conducted by Northeastern University, found that 10 days of mindful activity increased positivity and well-being.



Simple Mindful Activities You Can Perform Outdoors

Alongside mindfulness, spending time outdoors in nature is super beneficial to your health, mental and physical.

Being outside can boost your energy, immune system and your concentration.

Not to mention, spending time out in the open can actually make you a better person!

According to psychologists, exposure to nature can help you shrug off societal pressures, allowing you to remember and value more important things like relationships, sharing, and community. 

So, what better way to do a spot of self-improvement and look after yourself, than combining the two? Mindfulness and nature.

Below, I have rounded-up the best mindful activities you can do whilst breathing in some fresh air.

Go for a walk

This is one of the simplest tasks you can do to enhance your ability to be mindful and improve your health.

Taking some time out of your day to go for a little stroll around your neighbourhood or a long hike out in the country, is all great practice.

Spend your time really taking in everything around you.

Look around you. What can you see? What can you smell?

These are great initiators to evoke mindfulness.

Practice some yoga

Now this one isn’t for everybody. If you have never practiced yoga before it might be out of your comfort zone to go out and do it in public.

However, you can begin practice at home, in your back garden is preferable.

The idea of yoga can be a bit daunting at first. I know it definitely was for me.

But you can do it, I recommend watching some beginners’ tutorials on YouTube. They really helped me.

Just remember, it doesn’t matter if you can’t do the poses correctly or it’s not comfortable for you.

Go at your own pace. The key isn’t in the positions, but in your slow movement and breathing.

Breathing in to the poses is vital for yoga.

So roll out your mat on the fresh grass and get practicing!

Meditate

Similarly to yoga, meditation is a whole new experience for some.

Meditation is the purest form of mindfulness there is. All the things we have previously discussed about mindfulness  all comes into meditation.

Find a quiet spot outdoors where you can comfortably sit and stay undistracted.

It is inevitable that you will become distracted at some point, whether you get caught up in your own thoughts or a loud car goes zooming past.

Do not let this trouble you. Just lovingly bring yourself back to your breathing and you will be in your happy place again before you know it.

Concentrate on your breathing

There are loads of great breathing techniques that can enhance your state of calmness and tranquillity.

Relieving yourself from stress and anxiety, something as simple as breathing had to be on the list.

Firstly, make yourself comfortable outside. Preferably, in a seated position.

I recommend closing your eyes to ensure complete focus on your breathing.

Next, establish where in your body you are breathing from.

Can you feel the expansion in your lungs, diaphragm or stomach?

Deep and slow breathing often feels like it is coming from your stomach, and this is the area I like to concentrate on.

You can simply breathe in and out slowly, with a focus on the area of rising and falling.

Or you can opt for a different breathing technique.

My favourite is the triangle method.

Imagine a triangle in your mind, and use the sides of this shape to guide your breathing.

Breathe in for 3 seconds, hold for 3 seconds, then release your breathe for another 3 seconds.

Repeat these steps over and over for a relaxing way to destress and become more mindful.

Focus on your five senses

And finally, probably the most important activity you can do…focus on your senses.

Spending time outdoors is amazing in many ways, but the vast array of colours, smells and sounds it offers has to be used to your advantage.

Using your senses to become more aware of your surroundings and the environment, is one of the most mindful things you can do, and here’s how.

  • SIGHT – look around you, what can you see? Are there any people about or wildlife? Are your surroundings bright and colourful? Spend time counting all the things you can see that interest you.
  • HEARING – dial into your hearing and listen out, what can you hear? Are there birds singing? Or cars driving past? Perhaps you are near a running stream? Try to count how many different sounds you can hear.
  • SMELL – now concentrate on your nose, what can you smell? This one may not be as obvious as some of your other senses, but I assure you that there are smells all around. Can you smell freshly cut grass? Or has it been raining?
  • TASTE – next focus on your mouth and tongue, what can you taste? Have you still got the taste of the last thing you ate? Or are you sipping a lovely warm drink? Try to describe what you can taste in a few words.
  • TOUCH – lastly think about what you are touching, what can you feel? Is the warmth of the sun casting on your face? Or is there a breeze brushing past your skin? Think about how your body is making contact with the ground, are you sat down or stood up?

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Thanking Nature for All Its Benefits

The way nature can enhance your mindfulness practice is second to none.

So how can we repay this amazing force for all its benefits and gifts?

For a start, we can be more conscious of our surroundings, the environment.

How is our lifestyle negatively impacting the Earth we live on?

As the dominant species of our planet, it is important to do all we can to look after our environment.

This is where sustainability comes in.

Head on over to Simplifying Sustainability to read all about how we can work together to help our planet thrive and attempt to undo all the trauma we have caused our environment so far.



Improving Our Level of Consciousness

How is our lifestyle negatively impacting the Earth we live on? As the dominant species of our planet, it is important to do all we can to look after our environment.

This is where sustainability comes in. For more information, see smplysustainable.com.

Human activity has resulted in a sustained negative impact on the environment.

Indeed, some scientists have pointed out that we are currently living in the Anthropocene, a “unit of geologic time, used to describe the most recent period in Earth’s history when human activity started to have a significant impact on the planet’s climate and ecosystems” (National Geographic Society, 2019).

Outcomes from fluctuating climate patterns are uncertain, as “the scientific community doesn’t agree about the depth of climate change impacts on the planet” (Lemkow, 2020).

However, it is our responsibility to be aware of our own actions and their intended consequences.

“The challenge remains in opening up people’s imagination to that possibility that it can be done differently”

Katherine Trebeck

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Simple Resources to Get Started

To unlock change, education is the first necessary step. Following this, an educational guide of resources to understand our impact on the environment has been developed.

Find the latest tools and resources to be more aware of what a conscious lifestyle is:

Books

Podcasts + Videos

Websites


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How to Live a Happy and Healthy Vegan Life

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The popularity of Veganism has increased over seven times between 2014 and 2019.

According to Google trends, it now gets almost four times more interest than vegetarian and gluten free searches.

But there is still so much people don’t know about living as a vegan and how it differs from a carnivorous lifestyle.

According to the Oxford Dictionary, a vegan is someone who ‘does not eat or use animal products’.

However, The Vegan Society defines Veganism as a ‘way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose’.

The key difference here is taking more of a holistic approach to the removal of animal products from one’s life.

This is the approach I am trying to take, but I find it easier to be more strict with my diet.


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How is Living as a Vegan Easier Than Ever?

One of the main reasons Veganism has had a surge in popularity is due to the growing demand and supply of vegan alternatives, especially foods.

Maintaining a vegan diet, used to be a case of simply eating plant-based foods in their organic forms.

This is still how a lot of vegans choose to eat, but it is a way of life I know I couldn’t stick to (for a vegan, I’m not that much into fruit and veg).

Now there are so many different alternatives, any carnivorous food you can think of, I bet there is a vegan alternative out there.

You can even buy vegan eggs in a proper egg box and everything!

I personally think some alternatives have gone a bit far in duplicating what a carnivore diet offers.

For example, I’m not a fan of fake meat that looks like it has blood in it. Or vegan bacon that pretends to have fat on it.

But I am so grateful for all the dietary options I have, and I love how major food chains are taking part too!

Cough cough….Gregg’s vegan sausage roll and steak bake, yum.

In terms of maintaining a vegan lifestyle, so many stores now label their items that are vegan.

Superdrug is great for labelling their products vegan and cruelty-free.

Whilst, Marks and Spencers always label their vegan shoes.

Once you start to notice these little things, it is difficult to stop.



My Journey to Veganism

Growing up, I never liked the thought of meat being from an animal.

I just loved animals so much, why would I want to eat a dead one?

Neither did I really enjoy the texture, I always wondered what part of the body I was eating.

I remember going out for Sunday lunch and my parents forcing me eat my chicken or turkey.

They only thought they were doing what is best for me to get all the nutrition I need.

But in reality, you can leave an amazingly happy and healthy life without meat.

My parents finally let me become vegetarian when I was 10 years old.

I was so happy and excited to try out this new lifestyle, and I took to it well.

Of course there were a few hiccups. I didn’t know just how many sweet foods contained gelatine, which is a big no no.

But I have loved the way I felt living like this, and I really didn’t find it that restricting at all.

As I got older, I became more educated in to what animal derived products are and how I was still affecting and causing harm to animals through my diet and lifestyle.

By the time I was 15 years old, I made the step to become vegan.

I started it as 30-day pledge with The Vegan Society but it just kind of stuck.

It wasn’t as difficult a transition as I imagined and I felt so much better in myself.

Ever since then, my diet has been full strict vegan.

And I love it.



The Vegan Lifestyle, Not Just Diet

For the 6 years I have been vegan, I have not always considered the lifestyle as important as the diet.

After becoming more educated on this, through channels such as The Vegan Society and numerous documentaries (Cowspiracy and Forks Over Knives are my top Netflix recommendations), I now try to incorporate as much of this animal-loving way of life as possible.

It is not always easy.

You don’t realise just how many household products have been produced with the help of animals.

My main struggle has always been clothing, shoes and handbags. So many of these items include leather and other animal derived materials.

However, I have now made a promise to myself to keep the items I already have, but to only buy vegan-friendly products in the future.

I recently bought a faux black leather jacket that I love, not to mention my beyond amazing vegan Dr. Martens.

These Jadon II Mono‘s are my prize possession!

They offer amazing quality and comfort. I am certain they will last a lifetime.

This purchase not only made me feel good, but it is also a great investment for me in the long-run.

If you are looking to add some vegan pieces to your home, I’d recommend checking out The Vegan Kind, Alternative Stores and Ocado.


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Top Tips for Transitioning to Veganism

Changing your diet and the way you live can be a really daunting prospect.

Everyone has different reasons for why they chose to become vegan or vegetarian, but it is usually just as difficult.

Here are my top tips to get you started.

Don’t let anything go to waste

For a lot of people, the first action of their new lifestyle is to get rid of everything in their house (especially foods) which aren’t vegan.

Please don’t do this.

It is completely fine if you want to get rid of carnivorous foods because you now can’t eat them for medical reasons.

But for the vast majority of people, this is not the case.

These items you previously bought should be used or eaten, and not wasted.

I feel like the animals suffered for no reason at all if the product doesn’t fulfil its purpose.

So finish off that new sliced ham in the fridge and keep wearing that leather jacket!

Start off gently

A complete diet and lifestyle change is not something you should just do overnight.

It takes time to transition into this new way of living and if you push yourself too far, too quickly, it is going to do more harm than good.

There is no need to rush out and buy every vegan thing you can find in the supermarket, please go at your own pace and start introducing these new foods into your life gradually.

A good place to start is by swapping a few things out in your diet.

For example, once you’ve ran out of that ham you loved so much, why not try the Quorn smoky ham slices to add to your sandwich instead?


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Try meat free Mondays

To add to that last point, another tip I suggest for beginning the transition to Veganism is my starting off with ‘meat free Mondays‘.

Launched by the inspirational Paul, Stella and Mary McCartney in 2009, this initiative is a great way to save the planet in so many ways.

Don’t feel guilty by starting off slow, Oxfam suggests that replacing red meat and dairy with vegetables for just one day a week can cut an individual’s annual emissions by the equivalent of a 1,160-mile car trip.

Not only does it save the environment, but a recent report in the The Lancet concluded that if we cut our meat consumption by 30% in the UK 18,000 fewer people would die prematurely from heart attacks each year.

Forgive yourself, accidents happen

This is one of the most important things to note from this entire article, don’t be so hard on yourself!

I wish I could go back and tell my younger self this advice, there have been so many times I have been angry and frustrated with myself for all the slip-ups I have had.

But there is no need to be disheartened, just the intention to become vegan is so selfless and amazing.

You should be so proud of yourself.

It is almost impossible to not mess-up a few times along the way.

I’ve been vegan now for about 6 years and I still make an accidental non-vegan purchase every now and again.

It is only natural after such an extreme change in lifestyle, so please be patient with yourself and remember how amazing you are!

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Drink More Water – The Benefits + How to Establish the Habit

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog post! I’m back again, and today I want to discuss the benefits of a basic human need…drinking water.

Some readers might think this is a topic that doesn’t need a discussion, as it is quite imperative to our survival.

But it is really surprising how many of us drink little to no water daily.

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1. The Physical Benefits
2. The Psychological Benefits
3. My Personal Experience
4. Establish Drinking Water
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5. How Much Water Should
We Be Drinking?

I was one of these people for a long time and have only recently changed my ways.

Over the last 3 months, I have really noticed a difference in how I feel and positive changes in my body. And this is all because I began drinking more water.

I want to discuss my personal experiences with the wonders of hydration later on in this article.

But for now, let’s get into the sciencey bit.


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The Physical Benefits

By ‘physical benefits’, I am referring to the changes we notice to the external parts of our bodies, these are usually the changes and benefits most talked about when it comes to water consumption.

1. Boosts your performance during exercise

Physical exertion is the number one reason people stop exercising. They are too tired to carry on. But what if there was a way to extend the period of energised movement?

There is…drinking water is the answer.

Your physical performance can be almost instantly improved by hydrating.

This is especially important when exercising intensely or in hot conditions (see here).

Drinking a good amount of water can prevent reduced motivation and exhaustion.

I have also found, it makes exercising feel less difficult, physically and mentally.

2. Speeds up weight loss

Water is a fast and easy way to boost your metabolism. It is so simple, drink water and lose weight quicker and more efficiently.

A boost in your metabolic rate, helps your body to burn more calories on a daily basis. Therefore, resulting in weight loss.

A great tip is to drink a glass of water 30 minutes before your next meal. It can make you feel fuller and as a result, you intake fewer calories (see here).

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3. Keeps your skin bright and tight

When dehydrated, the skin can become more vulnerable to skin disorders and wrinkling.

Drinking more water can prevent this from happening.

Keeping your body hydrated, will keep your skin hydrated and, in turn, promote the production of collagen.



The Psychological Benefits

The psychological benefits of staying hydrated refers to the affects on the brain and behaviours. These changes are not as commonly discussed as the physical changes as they are often not as obvious.

1. Improves your brain functionality and boosts energy levels

Studies have shown that just mild dehydration (fluid loss of 1-3%) can negatively affect your energy levels and mood, resulting in a poorer performance of your brain and memory.

This is because your brain is highly influenced by your water consumption.

Therefore, increasing the amount of water you are drinking, and staying hydrated, helps your brain and energy do the best they can.

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2. Prevents the risk of headaches and can treat existing ones

Dehydration and headaches often go hand-in-hand.

Getting a headache is one of the number one symptoms that you are not drinking enough water (see here).

Studies have also shown a correlation between drinking water and the relief of headaches.

3. Can enhance your mood

Similarly to improved brain functionality, keeping hydrated can also positively affect your mood.

Dehydration has been linked to an increase in fatigue and confusion. This unhealthy state can also progress to feelings of anxiety.

Therefore, as a result of drinking water, your mood is likely to be more positive.


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My Personal Experience

As I’m sure you know, there are a tonne more benefits to drinking water and staying hydrated. The list could go on forever.

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Along with the enhancements listed above, I also felt a lot of changes to my mental state and overall energy levels.

Firstly, I noticed improvements in my bodily functions. Everything just seemed to work a bit smoother and more efficiently (although I definitely needed to use the toilet more).

I think because my body and its functions felt better, so did I.

My energy and efficiency seemed to double overnight. I now have more energy to be productive and more energy and drive during exercise.

These changes over the past months have also positively affected my mental health. Having more energy and getting more things done, has made me feel happier than I have in forever.

I have loved the differences I have found in myself due to my perseverance with drinking more water and instilling this habit.



Establish Drinking Water as a Habit

Remembering to keep drinking water throughout the day, hasn’t always been as easy for me as it is now.

For someone who only really had a drink with a main meal, it was very unusual for me to be drinking throughout the day, and to choose water over a fizzy drink.

It has taken me about a month to really get the hang of this habit and imprint this into my way of life.

So here is how I did it so you can too!

Invest in a quality water bottle or flask

I purchased a Chilly’s bottle and can not recommend it enough. It is great value for money, as the quality is outstanding and the bottle keeps my water cold for longer than I even need.

I love my water bottle so much, I actually want to drink from it. This investment really kickstarted my waterdrinking and has continued to remind me to stay hydrated.

I seriously recommend everyone gets a reusable water bottle. Not only for yourselves, but also for the environment.

7.7 billion single-use water bottles are used each year, in the UK alone. Most end up polluting our rivers and seas, often endangering wildlife.

Set yourself a goal

In the early days of establishing your habit, it can be very important to set yourself a goal to keep in mind throughout your journey.

For me, I started by simply having a sip of water from my water bottle whenever I remembered.

Eventually, when I was doing this regularly, I set myself a new target to consume a certain amount of cups per day.

Every time I reached my goal, I celebrated my success then set a new one.

Finally, I managed to drink the NHS’s recommended daily allowance with ease.

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Track your daily water intake

This was a big one for me. Tracking how much water you drink, can encourage you to drink more by giving yourself a sense of achievement.

You should celebrate every day that you get closer to your goal and the days you reach it.

Tracking your intake is also important to make sure you are on the right track and are consuming the amount you set out to.

If you have a diary or bullet journal, I recommend creating a monthly habit tracker and making a note of how many glasses you are drinking each day.

Have a glass of water with every meal

By using food as a reminder to drink water, you are much more likely to remember to do it.

I used to always have a fizzy drink or fruit cordial with my meals. This meant I was consuming more sugar and not getting as much water as I needed.

By ensuring you only drink water with your food, you are adding to your daily total whilst keeping yourself hydrated throughout meals.

Keep water by your bed

Having a drink of water just before you go to bed and as soon as you wake up is a great practice, and one which benefits your body in many ways.

Make sure to fill up your water bottle or glass before you get into bed so it will be waiting for you in the morning.

This is an easy reminder for yourself, as well as being a great way to kickstart your mornings.


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So How Much Water Should You be Drinking Daily?

Unfortunately there isn’t a straightforward answer to this question.

Many different scientific studies has revealed many different results. Results which are all similar and prove the benefits of drinking water, but have lead to slightly different recommendations.

The recommended amount of water to intake daily, mainly differs from country to country. This can be linked to different climates; the warmer the climate, the more you should drink.

For this article, I use and refer to the UK government’s recommended 6-8 cups or glasses of water per day. This is equivalent to around 1.2 litres.

This includes drinking low-fat milks and low-sugar drinks, including tea and coffee. However, I personally only track my pure water consumption.

But if you would like to, or feel the need, to drink more water than this, please do. You would have to drink between 0.8 to 1.0 litres of water per hour to be at risk of over-hydration.



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Starting a Mindful Morning Routine

It’s Friday again and I’ve managed to pull another blog post out the bag! That’s going on my list of achievements.

So today, I wanted to outline the new practices I have started using as part as my morning routine, to encourage mindfulness. This basic schedule begins when I wake up in the morning to about midday.

Please bare in mind that I am not a morning person and I don’t start most days until 10am. So please, if you are a morning person or have to get up at an earlier time, just move the schedule forward by how many hours suits you.

Let’s get started!


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9.00 My lovely, soft morning alarm wakes me up.

I can’t get out of bed straight away, but I take my eye mask off, sit up a little and take some big sips of water.

This is important, you should start everyday by drinking water. It helps to kickstart your metabolism and gets your body ready for the day ahead. I can’t recommend this enough.

9.15 By this time, I have finally dragged myself out of bed and made my way downstairs.

Now, I know everyone’s morning routine is slightly different, but I always start with breakfast.

If this seems absurd to you and completely out of the realms of your usual routine, don’t worry. I am going to recap all the activities for mindfulness in this article right at the very end. You can rearrange them into whichever order suits you best.

My usual breakfast consists of crunchy peanut butter on wholemeal toast. I’m not really sure if this is the best way to kickstart the day but it suits me fine.

Occasionally, I will swap this out for porridge or strawberry Alpro yoghurt.

9.30 By now it’s time for my morning coffee.

I’ve recently been indulging in a vegan mocha creation of mine. But I do like to mix it up and have different hot drinks.

I spend this time to be more mindful and aware of all my senses. Using a certain habit or activity to remind yourself to be more mindful is a great practice.

I will smell the coffee and try to describe the aroma to myself. I will feel the warmth of the mug on my hands.

Finally, I will taste the coffee on my lips and try to describe that best I can. Feeling the sensation of the warm drink going down my throat.

I also love to do this activity outside, weather permitting. It’s such an experience to sit in my garden with the dogs and observe everything around me.

Leaves falling off the trees. The plants swaying in the breeze. Birds singing their morning song.


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9.50 After 20 minutes or so, I head back upstairs and take any medications I need to at this point.

Every morning I take a vegan supplement that helps me to get all the vitamins and minerals I need for my diet.

I also take any prescription medication I’m on, making sure to wash down both with some cool water.

10.00 By 10am I am still in my pyjamas, but I find a quiet spot in the house (which can sometimes be difficult), find a cushion to sit on and cross my legs.

It’s time to meditate.

Now, it is down to personal preference what time of day meditation takes place.

Some people prefer to use it to wind-down in the evening. But I find, I am much less likely to do it if I leave it until last thing.

I am new to meditation myself, and I’m not going to pretend it is as easy as just sitting with your eyes closed. It isn’t.

I recommend finding some good guided meditations to begin with, I will list some I have found useful below.

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10.15 As a beginner, I aim to do 15 minutes of meditation a day.

Sometimes I do more, sometimes I do less. Sometimes I skip it completely. But once I’ve come out of this meditative state, I actually start to get ready for the day.

To help incorporate podcasts into my day, I make sure to let them play during this time. I always start by listening to the daily podcast by Andy Puddicombe, Radio Headspace.

I love that he talks about relevant events to the day and his podcasts are only 4 minutes long. It is also nice to listen to an English podcaster, as the majority I listen to are Australian.

I am also working my way through Rachael Kable’s, The Mindful Kind. Listening to these inspiring podcasts about mindfulness and head space, is a really great and almost passive, mindfulness practice.

I’ve learnt so much through this part of my morning routine.

During my podcast listening time, I wash my face, brush my teeth, get dressed, brush my hair, make my bed and mist my indoor plants.

11.00 When all this is done, and I’ve completed the main bulk of my morning activities, I like to take a minute to sit down and review my self-care journal.

I started my journal just over a month ago, and it is in a similar style to a bullet journal. I use my iPad and download different journal templates, as a way to be more zero waste.

I have become so much more organised since using this journal and it has allowed me to clear my mind during meditation, as soon as I think of something I need to do, it is written in there.

I check my monthly planner and daily planner to see what needs doing today. I also write down what I ate for breakfast and tick off items from my habits list I have already completed.

11.15 I then respond to any emails than need replying to and use my phone for the first time of the day.

I check my social medias (usually Twitter and Instagram) also, and respond where necessary to notifications.

11.30 By this time, I have built up the energy to do my daily workout.

I head back downstairs and choose between the static bike or a YouTube core workout.

(I usually opt for a bit of cycling.)

I spend between half hour to an hour exercising, making sure to drink lots of water whilst doing so.

12.00 When I am all sweated out, I head upstairs and hop in the shower.

Just like with my coffee, I like to use the shower as a trigger to be mindful and acknowledge my senses.

I feel the water pouring down onto me, and its warmth. I feel the droplets bouncing off my skin and down into the plug hole.

I use my shampoo, conditioner and body soap all whilst thinking about their scents and feeling them foam up.

I also like to spend this time thinking about what my plans are for the rest of the day.


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And that is pretty much it.

I usually will listen to some more podcasts or an audiobook whilst I get dressed a second time, but that is the end of my morning routine.

To find out more about other mindful habits I have started to incorporate into my life, you can find my last blog post here.

I hope this schedule has been helpful to you in some way and that you take away at least one of the mindfulness practices I have mentioned in this post.

To recap, I have listed the main mindfulness techniques I have incorporated into my morning routine.

  • Eat breakfast or drink your morning hot drink mindfully – concentrate on your senses, think about all the different smells and tastes you’re experiencing.
  • Meditate – this can be a very short time for beginners (even 5 minutes is great), I recommend starting with guided meditations.
  • Review your planner or journal and plan out your day generously – you can remind yourself of some more mindfulness habits you would like to work on during the rest of the day.
  • Take a mindful shower or bath – focus on the scents of your soaps and shampoo, and the warmth of the water.

I hope you have found this week’s article of some help to you. I would love to hear what your mindful morning routine consists of too.

See you next Friday!



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