When I first heard about mindfulness a few years ago, I understood it to be a practice meant to help people relax when they felt stressed or anxious. And while that’s not entirely untrue, years of schooling, working as a child and adolescent therapist, and developing my own mindfulness practice have broadened my understanding. Sure, relaxation can be a result of practicing mindfulness, but it’s not the purpose. The purpose of mindfulness is to intentionally and consciously be aware of the present moment which allows us to fully acknowledge where we are, what’s going on, what we’re doing, and those thoughts, feelings, and physiological sensations that show up. Why is this important? When we acknowledge what’s going on externally and internally in the present moment, we won’t be overwhelmed by or overly reactionary to what’s going on around us. It doesn’t change the situation (though it’d be nice if it did, right?), but it just helps us ease into the chaos and feel more in control, especially when life around us feels out of control. Given these current turbulent and uncertain times, I think developing a mindfulness practice would be helpful for you, too! Continue reading “Wellness Wednesday: Developing a Mindfulness Practice in Anxious Times”
Happy Monday, friends! It’s been about 72 hours since I touched down, and boy there is no place like home. I’ve slept comfortably, been eating right, and working out again (all of which you can follow on the @kermitsays Snapchat–shameless self-promotion). There’s honestly nothing better than falling back into a good routine to kick off a new week. Well, maybe one thing: reframing your mind and practicing positive thinking. I can’t reiterate this enough, but incorporating mindful meditation into my daily routine has seriously changed my thinking. It’s been so wonderful incorporating it into my life, and I’ve used it to not only center myself but also to reflect. In my nearly thirty years of living, I’ve had some great days and some not so great ones. I’ve had some incredible opportunities and some that flew right past me, and while I could allow those moments of defeat and denial to negatively affect me, I choose, instead, to look at things differently, more optimistically. Reminding myself that when one door closes, another door opens has helped me experience life more positively, openly, and fearlessly. Continue reading “Motivational Monday: Master The Door”
Happy Wellness Wednesday, friends! Yesterday marked ten straight days of guided meditation with the mindfulness app, Headspace. Unfortunately, ten days of Headspace also means my free trial is up. Great! Now how am I supposed to find clarity and focus and also reduce my stress and anxiety (sarcasm)? While I think of new, free ways to deepen my meditation and mindfulness practice, here is my review for Headspace.
Happy Thursday, friends! Apologies for the late post, but I didn’t know how to say what I wanted to say without being long-winded. That was a mountain I didn’t quite conquer, so bear with me. I don’t know much, but what I do know now is that for the first time in my entire adult life, I can honestly say that I feel happy, calm, and centered. I’ve always been the type of person who looks ahead in life and believes that if I have the next best thing or what my heart desires, then I can be happy and live the perfect life. The problem with this thinking, however, is that it means my happiness is solely dependent on the unforeseeable future and on what was not and could not be guaranteed. If I couldn’t guarantee achieving the next best thing, then I couldn’t be happy. Living in the future felt like a constant wheel I just couldn’t get off of–a state of mind I couldn’t escape. It was also an unproductive and unhealthy place to be. I can only imagine what I’ve missed out on because I was too afraid to be still and live in the moment. If only I knew early on how easy it could be to start over. I know it’s not this easy for others, but all it took for me was a conversation with a new friend, a new moon, setting new intentions, and intentionally practicing daily meditation to completely change my mindset for the better and recognize that being present is the best present of all. I hope this is a start for you.
I am not a gardening person. Digging through soil, swatting away insects, and baking in the boiling sun just don’t sound too appealing. It seems there’s far more that goes into growing and nurturing flowers, plants, and whatever else I’m hoping to grow than I really have the time or patience for. I’d rather just skip a few steps, head to my nearest grocery store, and buy pre-cut flowers. It’s so much easier to forgo the heavy lifting and hard work. I don’t want to go through the planting, fertilizing, watering, and waiting stages. It’s monotonous, time-consuming, and just plain unpredictable. What if I spend all of my energy on my garden, but nothing blooms? It feels like a waste, right? Well, if we look a little closer, we oftentimes treat ourselves and our circumstances similarly.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, friends! While I encourage you to shower your friends and family with love and appreciation throughout the year (especially with non-monetary gifts), I understand that holidays (and birthdays) are oftentimes the perfect opportunities to give and receive presents. Can you believe we’re just two short weeks away from Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa? So, if you’re still wondering what to get your friends, here’s a list of great, budget-friendly gifts for teens. What’s more is that each gift serves a special purpose in boosting your mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Does it get any better than that? Take a look, and please share your gift ideas below!
For months and months, I weighed the costs and benefits of purchasing the latest Apple Watch. I did my research, watched videos, and conducted one-on-one interviews with Apple Watch owners. This may sound pretty outrageous, but if you know me, you know this is the type of homework I enjoy doing. I’m a list maker, a pro/con dependent who makes decisions once I feel comfortable and confident. Going through life this way may feel a bit unnecessary and even overwhelming, but I must admit combing through things with a fine-toothed comb has, ironically, made my life simpler and easier. Which brings me back to the Apple Watch. After mulling this investment over, because, let’s face it, purchasing anything from Apple is an investment, I chose to take the plunge and add to my growing collection of Apple products. Exactly one month in, and I couldn’t be more pleased with my decision for a number of reasons, and they all point to wellness.