I'm rather into the whole 'mindfulness' thing at the moment since suffering an uncharacteristic bout of illness at the beginning of the year, and I found the 16 points in the associated article incredibly valid, so much so, I felt it only right to share.
Admittedly, it took me a while to achieve even a remote sense of 'zen'. Without getting too personal, I genuinely thought I'd never re-establish the strength I once believed I had, but it's extraordinary how powerful the mind can be when you actually try.
I started off with adult colouring books and taking quality time to myself. Making fewer plans in my week and saying 'no' turned out to be a huge game-changer and as simple as it all was, it helped significantly. There was still more I needed to do to make improvements, so I extended some behavioural changes outwards into other areas of my life. I cleared out my wardrobe (2 bin bags full), became passionate about domestic cleaning (anyone who knows me well knows that this is particularly shocking), reduced my coffee intake and took up swimming as a new form of regular exercise. These are relatively small changes in the grand scheme of things, but to my life they were HUGE and I'm just starting to reap the benefits now. Funnily enough I believe I'm stronger now as a result of feeling, at one point, desperately weak. It's funny how a little adversity can change your perspective.
I'm by no means Superwoman (YET) but it's quite phenomenal how a few small modifications can have such a positive impact on your entire outlook.
This 16 point list includes a number of useful tips on how you can sustainably enhance your life. In under 30 minutes you can make a significant difference to the way that you feel and increase your productivity dramatically. Read it and try it:
Improving your life doesn’t have to be about making one big gesture. Instead, it’s something you can constantly work on—and it typically comes down to the small things you do every day. I understand that no one has all the time in the world to think about self-improvement when there’s work and family and bills to pay, so let’s start with just 30 minutes a week. Yup, that’s all—now I bet you’re listening. What I’m asking is that you try one (or two, or five, or all) of these activities and see if they help you become a better “you,” whether that means increasing your confidence, reducing your stress, creating deeper relationships, or becoming a healthier individual.