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6 Mindful Activities for Weathering the Storm

Are you currently experiencing feelings of sadness, frustration, or even hopelessness? Perhaps your emotions are so strong that you no longer feel like you’re in control of your life. You are not alone. With the world in its current state of global crisis, it’s easy to feel like everything is out of our hands. However, the truth is that we still have the power to take control of our lives and engage in simple, everyday activities that make us feel good and worth-while, even when it seems like there’s no light to be found.

In my last blog post, I discussed six ways to find your inner peace during difficult times. In this blog post, I continue my theme of resilience during life challenges — from the current lockdown, to experiences of grief, to any other time in your life when you feel like you need some help to get through — by sharing six mindful activities to help return you to the present moment, right here, right now.

To discover even more simple, effective tips for living a life full of joy, purpose, and self-love, sign up for my seven-series audio course, The Journey to Joy, today. During The Journey to Joy I will guide you through such topics as journaling, meditation, gratitude, mindfulness, intuition, and more, to help you live your best life possible. Each course includes a free printable daily dot journal and mini guided meditation to provide you with real-life support for enhancing your practice. Read on to discover # fun, effective ideas that can help make you more mindful, then register for The Journey to Joy today.

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Learn a New Craft

Crafting is a great way to practice mindfulness and gratitude since, at the end of your activity, you get a beautiful, unique creation that you can gift to a loved one or enjoy in your own home as a reminder of your abilities. Some crafts that I especially love are knitting, crocheting, and cross-stitching, since the repetitive movements help induce a state of focus and calm. Other activities that many people enjoy are macamre, sewing, painting, pottery (a very sensory experience that allows for full-body awareness,) woodcraft, jewelry-making, quilting, and even just coloring.

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Spend Time In Nature

It’s easy to experience cabin fever when you’re literally under quarantine, but, thankfully, we are allowed to spend time outside for exercising and relaxing. Best of all, spring has just arrived! Make time each day to go outside and enjoy the natural beauty surrounding you. Wander to a nearby green space and close your eyes as you take in the breeze, birds, and the ramble of the river. Thank the trees that give you oxygen to breathe, and the water that helps sustain you.

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Garden

Another way to appreciate nature is by spending time in your garden. Gardening has been shown to lower blood pressure, relieve stress, and improve your overall mental health. It is a fully-body, sensory experience that allows you to get your hands dirty and connect with the living, breathing Earth. Create a flower garden to surround yourself with beauty or a vegetable garden to improve your diet. Gardening is also a great way to practice radical acceptance and move beyond perfectionism as you must learn to accept that you are not always in control of what will happen — bug infestations, bad weather, even hungry rodents; it’s all a part of the experience.

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Read

This one may seem obvious but, sadly, reading is becoming a bygone practice. Reading allows you to explore new worlds, discover interesting facts, and even develop empathy for other human beings. Perhaps you remember getting caught up in a book as a child, and staying up all night to find out what will happen next, even though your parents forbid it. There’s no reason why you can’t re-experience that thrill as an adult. Reading is the ultimate mindfulness practice as it allows you to get totally swept up in the moment, taking everything in word by word, sentence by sentence, page by page, as you immerse yourself in the now.

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Meditate

When people hear the word “meditate,” they immediately freeze in fear. Many people feel that they are unable to meditate, or that it has even made them more anxious in the past. Meditating, however, is nothing to be overwhelmed by. The first few times you meditate, you don’t have to make it a marathon session. Try it out for five minutes, then you can make your practice longer as you become more comfortable with it.

I recommend beginning with guided meditations, which will well tell you exactly what to do (though it’s important to remember that there’s no right or wrong way to meditate!) There are many guided meditations available on YouTube. If you’re looking for even more guidance on meditation, register for my audio course, The Journey to Joy, where I share simple, effective tips for meditation. I also include a free mini guided meditation to help you get started.

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Do Yoga

Again, exercise is an activity that many people find intimidating. If you’re depressed, it can feel difficult or even impossible to get out of bed, let alone go for a run. Exercising doesn’t just include running a marathon, however. All that exercise has to entail is moving your body. One of my favorite exercises is yoga, as there are many styles available, depending on what your intention is. Vinyasa yoga is an intense, lively practice that can really get your heart rate up, while restorative yoga goes at a much slower pace and is perfect for relaxation and rest. Explore a few different styles and find your favorite. Best of all, with so many instructional videos available online, you don’t even have to leave your house to experience the many physical and emotional benefits of this ancient art. Namaste!

Begin Your Journey to Joy Today!

Listening to audio courses is another wonderful, mindful activity, and thanks to my current promotional offer, you can enjoy my seven-series audio course, The Journey to Joy, for only $5. I am offering this low price to help us all get through this difficult time, regardless of your financial situation. Ready to get started? Register now to begin enjoying a life full of mindfulness, purpose, and joy. Stay safe and remember that we are all in this together.

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