The International Women’s Day has recently been celebrated the world over and women acknowledged for the immense role they play in our society. They are the glue that hold families, friends and community together. Women play multiple roles – they are daughters, sisters, partners, mothers, friends, colleagues. They are thinkers, carers, worriers, confidantes and multitaskers.
On any given day, women juggle multiple relationships, conflicting emotions, seemingly endless housework, demanding office work, school events and lots more. In today’s fast paced, frantic and technologically advanced lifestyles.
Being Woman is Being Busy. Being woman is often being under stress, being rushed and being constantly on the go.
This is where the need for being mindful comes in. When you make mindfulness your mantra, you cultivate the habit of creating a state of gentle self-awareness which allows you to stay focused, calm, relaxed and observe what is often obscured by distractions.
Here are mindfulness tips for busy women on the go.
Mindful minutes during the day
Sprinkling mindful minutes across the day can go a long way in helping you regain control over your breath and bring you back into a state of self awareness. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t able to set aside dedicated time to practice mindfulness. Sometimes, sixty seconds are all it takes to help you slow down and check in with yourself. A mindful minute can serve as a quick pause from the rush of getting somewhere or getting something done and help you set a calmer pace for the day.
Drink your tea mindfully
Who doesn’t love a cuppa?! Often a good cup of tea or coffee is what makes or breaks our sense of wellbeing. Mindful tea drinking can be a great way to bring mindfulness into your day and carry feelings of inner peace and wellbeing. In the words of Thich Nhat Hanh, ‘drink your tea slowly and reverently as if it is the axis on which the earth revolves – slowly, evenly and without rushing to the future’
As you engage in the act of making the cup of tea, guide your thought to this action. When your tea is ready, observe the colour and the aroma of the tea. As you take a sip, feel the flavour of the tea in your mouth. Feel the warmth of the cup in your hands. Making your breathing calm and gentle, become aware the slow and deliberate act of sipping your tea thereby making the simple act of drinking tea a way to connect with yourself and step into the present moment.
Walk mindfully – take mindful steps
Mindful walking simply means taking steps with an awareness of each step and breath. It can be practiced anywhere and at anytime, whether you are alone in nature or with others in a crowded city. You can even practice mindful breathing and taking mindful steps as you walk to or from your car in the parking lot, in the grocery store, between business meetings. Taking steps with awareness can help you keep them slow, relaxed and calm and connected with yourself in the present moment.
Driving is an ideal time to practice being mindful. Driving nowadays, has become a mindless activity of sitting behind the wheel, half listening to the music playing in the car and half absorbed with thoughts of jobs that we have to get done. Often we cover long distances without really noticing the drive. Mindful breaths while driving are a great and effective way to bring yourself back into the present moment. When you drive pay attention to the route, to the traffic, to the passing landscape. Listen to the words of the music that is playing in the car. Mindful driving will enable you to actually enjoy the drive and reach your destination in a state of awareness, being fully in the now.
Women are social and emotional beings. Friendships play a big role in our lives and catching up with our girl friends can go a long way in helping us relax and de-stress. Add to that a touch of mindfulness and feel the magic of connecting with your friends by listening and talking without judgement. Be all there and help your friend to also enter that state of being. There is no better feeling than helping a friend connect with herself.
Make a mindful space (retreat) in your home
Identify a spot in your home where you can withdraw for a few minutes of solitude and allow yourself to gently come into the present moment. It can be a seat by the window of your lounge, the study or even a green corner in the garden. Withdraw there regularly for a few minutes when you feel like reconnecting with yourself through a few mindful breaths and allow yourself to just be.
There YouGo! This women’s day, give yourself the gift of mindfulness, the ability to strike a balance in all that you do without letting the never-ending demands on your time and worries in your mind overwhelm you.
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