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1 Easy Tip To Be More Mindful

What Is Mindfulness?

Do you feel like you’re losing your grip on the day before its even begun? Everyone is asking how to be more mindful lately. But what does mindfulness really mean? 

How often do you go through your morning routine while you’re thinking about your plans for the day? Maybe when you’re backing out of the driveway, you can’t even recall if you turned off the coffee pot or locked the door. If you can relate, you have an opportunity to practice more mindfulness. Mindfulness simply the act of staying focused on whatever you’re doing in the present moment. 

How To Be Mindful

It can be difficult to keep your mind focused with everything on your plate. Here is one super easy way to bring more mindfulness your life: make your bed!

I know you’re probably rolling your eyes right now. That was my initial reaction too, when a wise woman offered me this advice years years ago. But I was in a place where I would try just about anything to feel more ‘normal’ and figured it couldn’t hurt. So I gave it a try, and to my surprise, I felt way more grounded after just a couple weeks.

Here are 6 ways making your bed can help you practice mindfulness:  

Gratitude for Health

Gratitude is a major theme that underlies mindfulness. If you’re healthy enough to get out of bed in the morning, that means you’re  healthy enough to make it, too. So while you’re making your bed, be mindful of how blessed you are to have a body that works. Observe yourself going through the motions of smoothing your sheets and fluffing your pillows. These small tasks that you take for granted are tiny blessings in disguise. This is a sure way to bring a smile to your face.

Confidence Booster

We all wake up feeling like a failure at times. Maybe you just lost your job, flunked a test, or made a decision you regret. We’ve all been there and it stinks. But no matter what, you can’t fail at making your bed! The few moments it takes will help you remember you’re capable and worthy. You can be proud of yourself for committing and following through. In addition, it will put you in a better mindset to tackle whatever the day throws at you. Your outer world is a reflection of your inner world, and vice versa. So an organized space will help organize your mind.

Making your bed is an exercise of your personal power. You transformed a mess it into a welcoming haven. That’s huge!  

"Messy bed, messy head."

Cindy Cooley

Routines Are Comforting

The human brain appreciates patterns. Did you know there are health benefits associated to having a routine? The two biggies are: reduced stress levels, and better sleep. So being mindful of your sleeping space will help you sleep better. Bonus!

When you adopt a morning ritual, like making your bed, it helps with stress management. No matter what, when your crazy day is done, it will end in the lovely space that you’ve prepared for yourself. Think of it as a sacred ritual with deep purpose. After all, your intention is to attract deep and restful sleep into this space. Your future-self will be grateful for the gesture.  

You Have Control

Fear of the unknown drives so much of our pain and suffering. That feeling of being powerless is also a trigger for anxiety.  So starting your day by doing something that’s within your control can bring great relief. You don’t need anyone else to weigh in. Arrange your blankets and pillows in a way that’s pleasing to you. You’ll be amazed how good that can make you feel.

Set Mindful Intentions

It can be so hard to find the time to do anything for ourselves, but just can’t seem to find the time in your busy schedule.

While you probably don’t have time to get up an hour early to contemplate life, you can totally give yourself 3 minutes to set your intentions for the day while making your bed. One of the best ways to do this is by using positive affirmations. Just a couple of minutes of positive reflection will have a huge impact on your day.

End Your Day Peacefully

Nothing is better at the end of a long day than climbing into a welcoming, well prepared space for you to rest. Struggling to get yourself settled into an unmade bed covered with laundry can jack up your stress levels and discourage sleep. Ending the night on a peaceful note can help soothe your soul and promote restful sleep. Which way would you rather end the day?

You deserve to experience a smoother day, and a better night’s sleep, too. So gift yourself with  just a few minutes each morning to perform some of these self-care practices.  I hope this helped spark new ideas about how to be mindful! 

Conclusion

You deserve to experience a smoother day, and a better night’s sleep, too. So gift yourself with  just a few minutes each morning to perform some of these self-care practices.  I hope this helped spark new ideas about how to be mindful! 

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