Unprecedented Times: Self-Care for the MIND
As unprecedented times continue…we must seek to activate and cultivate our minds. Unknowns remain all around us. Our minds and beings are wired to engage in efforts to take control of the situations at hand in an attempt to bring about certain desired results and hopes. This will cause our thoughts to hone in on the problem like a ravenous animal and possibly lead us to try and formulate things in our own way. This effort may feel like an immediate remedy or relief, but if we slow down and seek for ways to know, develop, and grow ourselves, it may positively impact us and those around us for ongoing good.
Perhaps you will consider embarking on a new reading project as well as enjoying texts familiar to you. I believe in a steady diet of story and reading for every age and stage of life…It is as important and vital as food and nutrition to your body. VITAMINS for your BRAIN and MIND.
Recently, my husband Brian and I had our 4 ½ year old great niece for a weeklong “vacay stay” at our house. On her final evening with us…she asked with anticipation and enthusiasm… “What MOVIE are you going to read to me tonight??!” Of course, we found several fun stories to complete our evening!
Find something to READ and consider trying one or more of the ideas below to grow your mind mindfully!
Self-Care Ideas for the Mind
- Start a personal blessings file. Document the great things people compliment you about to read later. Perhaps use this as a reminder to intentionally share the good you see in others.
- Scratch off a project on your to-do list, something that’s been there for ages and you realize you’ll never do.
- Consider changing the way you make small decisions. Deciding on something with your heart if you usually use your head to reason may offer a fresh perspective and vice versa.
- Go cloud or bird watching on your walk, run, or drive. Lie on your back, relax, and watch the sky.
- Take another route to work. Mixing up your routine in small ways creates new neural pathways in the brain to keep it healthy.
- Pay complete attention to something you usually do on autopilot, perhaps brushing your teeth, driving, eating, or performing your morning routine.
- Goof around for a bit. Be open to five minutes of “play” (non-directed activity) several times throughout your day or weekend. Running through a SPRINKLER??!!
- Create a deliberate habit, and routinize something small in your life by doing it in the same way each day—what you wear on Tuesdays, or picking up the dental floss before you brush.
- Fix a small item at home that’s been nagging you— a drawer that’s stuck, a light bulb that’s out, tiny nicks in furniture.
- Punctuate your day with a mini-meditation with one minute of awareness of your thoughts, feelings, and sensations; one minute of focused attention on breathing; and one minute of awareness of the body as a whole.
- Do one thing today just because it makes you happy. Make homemade ICE-CREAM??!
- Do a mini-declutter. Recycle three things from your wardrobe that you don’t love or regularly wear or household items not being used… Pass them on and brighten someone else’s day!
- Unplug for an hour, maybe even longer…it’s freeing!
- Get out of your comfort zone, even if it’s just talking to a stranger with a smile under your mask.
- Edit your social media feeds, and take out any negative people. You can just “mute” them; you don’t have to delete them.
- Read something out loud with someone or even alone…either way works!! What MOVIE will YOU READ??!
Firm your focus and displace fear
Allow your heart and mind to hear
From the courage you hold deep in your soul
Cultivate and grow and establish another goal
Flexibly adjusting your fixed addendum
Living forward finding fresh momentum
To every heart soul and mind
Find beautiful ways to be kind
So…the question lingers…Are you MIND FULL or Mindful…?
As you consider your position, feel free to add your thoughts, takeaways and ideas!
© 2020, Kathleen Bauer, Ed D