Practicing Mindfulness

What does practicing mindfulness mean to you? Do you do it? Or is it something that you’ve never given much thought to.

I definitely used to be in the latter category.  

But at times like these, it’s so easy to feel bogged down by everything. 

The state of the world is chaotic. And — as a result — we’re all trying to do a million and one different jobs at the same time.

Work, home schooling, housework, cooking, cleaning. Too much to do and not enough time.

Practicing mindfulness is so good for mental health

My lovely friend Leigh, who’s a qualified life-coach, once said:

‘Stepping out of our everyday maelstrom will help us to see what’s what.’

And she’s so right.

A Clearer Perspective

I had a coaching session with Leigh, a few years ago, and we discussed so many things. As my time with her came to a close, my head felt much clearer.

It was like mentally trying to unravel a knotted and tangled ball of string. Initially, I had no idea where to even start.

But throughout the session, everything started to become a little clearer and I could see that making small changes would make the world of difference to my work/life balance.

I made promises to be a little kinder to myself — cut myself some slack — and take time-out of my working week to occasionally s.t.o.p.

At the time, we were talking about my work/life balance but — at the moment — during the Corona-Virus outbreak, practicing mindfulness seems more relevant than ever.

Practicing Mindfulness

There are so many simple things we can do to keep our mental health strong and healthy:

Take a walk.

Do some exercise.

Read a book.

Paint a picture.

Just putting aside half an hour, a couple of times a week, will ease the burden and give the brain a break; a little more clarity.

Time to Breathe and Take Stock.

Practicing mindfulness is so good for mental health
Practicing Mindfulness

I picked some Forget-Me-Nots a few days ago — put them in a little bottle of water and popped them on a shelf.

They’re so pretty. Papery thin; sky blue and lilac petals. Some of them tinged with blush pink or mauve. A golden eye in the centre of each flower, almost like a little star.

I decided to paint them.

I’ll never be a good painter but I love the process.

So nice to focus the mind and concentrate on the brush strokes. Lovely to watch how the paint merges with the water and settles into the paper.

Practicing mindfulness is so good for mental health
Practicing Mindfulness
Practicing mindfulness is so good for mental health
Getting out into nature can work wonders for the mind and soul 
Practicing mindfulness is so good for mental health
Reading can be calming
Practicing mindfulness is so good for mental health
Painting gives the mind a breather

Taking a Breather

Painting is a great way of pushing out unwanted thoughts and giving your mind a little breather.

And as I sat there, concentrating on the little flowers and their spindly stems, I thought about the last few weeks.

The world is in chaos.

But my family and friends are safe and well.

We’ve been self isolating and not able to get out.

But I’ve been able to spend time with my three favourite people.

I can’t see my family.

Not in person, but we’re lucky enough to live in an age where we can Facetime/Skype/Zoom and see and speak to our loved ones, face to face.

Granted — we have no physical contact but something is better than nothing.

 

In tumultuous times like these, it’s so easy to catastrophise and spiral off into a vortex of worry and anxiety. But if we remember to take a few minutes out each day, to concentrate on something simple to soothe our minds.

We’ll get through this.

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About Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

32 thoughts on “Practicing Mindfulness

  1. They’re so pretty! Don’t think I’ve ever come across them before. And your little water colour paintings are just as pretty. And I’m sorry to hear they brought back memories of your Nana and Grandad’s passing but hopefully it brought back some happy memories as well. x #HomeEtc

  2. The Forget-Me-Nots are lovely and clearly evoke so many memories too. In addition to the advice from your friend Leigh, I was recently told about a 2-minute rule where if you’re having ‘ruminative thoughts’ where you’re getting yourself in a tiss/anxious give yourself 2 minutes to see if you can find a solution and if there isn’t one that comes to mind, make a conscious effort to move on and become distracted so it can’t lower your mood any further. I know it’s easier said than done at times but it can offer some breathing space and help us accept that we can’t always find a solution x

    1. Thanks so much Helena. It’s odd isn’t it? I didn’t intend to write about anything other than the life coaching session with Leigh — it’s funny where blogging takes you isn’t it? xx

  3. Beautiful photos. I love forget me nots they are just the perfect little flower.

    I love reading that you are taking time for yourself, I love seeing your creations you are so very talented.

    I would love to see a coach, my life is too in turmoil and I really believe in the power of a lifecoach.

    Much love xxx

    1. Thanks hun. I’ve always been a bit skeptical about life coaching but Leigh really helped me to figure everything out. So nice to sit and talk to someone who’s impartial I think! :) Big kiss to you — chin up xx

  4. Oh lovely Caro what beautiful words thank you! You were a pleasure to coach, and I am delighted to see that you are benefiting from the session – you do indeed know the answers to your problems and just needed a bit of guidance to find them!

    Love the beautiful forget-me-nots, too. In another symmetry my garden is full of them in tribute to my Hugo. Wonderful. See you soon for big hugs darling xxxx

    1. Thanks so much lovely — I really appreciated you taking the time to work with me! It’s made a real difference to my clarity of thought. Plus, I think I needed someone to say that it was OK to take a bit of time out for myself every now and then. LOVE the thought that your garden is full of Forget-Me-Nots too xxxx

  5. What a perfect post! I love the idea that it was born out of; such an important thing to remind ourselves of, so thank you for that. Your painting and calligraphy are just simply beautiful – so delicate and the colours are perfect for May. Gorgeous x

  6. Wow, how poignant the month of May is. Quite a collection of bitter-sweet reasons to mark the month. Love the fact you are taking time out to enjoy the season. I really should do the same. Thanks for hosting #HomeEtc

  7. Ah what a lovely post, it’s so important to focus on the things that make you happy isn’t it (aside from family, who you focus on all the time obviously!) And the coaching session sounds brilliant. We put ourselves under so much pressure, so stepping back and stopping is really important, it helps put things in perspective I think. Your flowers are beautiful and so is your painting. And beautiful to remember your nana and granddad too xx

  8. Such a beautiful post Caro, and how lovely that everything has come together so nicely. And as for not being good at painting, I simply don’t believe you ;) Those forget me nots you’ve painted are really pretty.
    #HomeEtc

  9. What a beautiful post – I love that as we get older, inevitably there comes at times a sense of reflection and it’s so important to take time for that and let it in even if the overwhelming desire is always to carry on at breakneck speed. The forget me nots are so very pretty and your painting is too. Such a lovely way to remember milestones and those important to you Xx

    1. Thanks Lins. You’re so right about wanting to keep rushing around. It’s almost like I’m not programmed to slow down at all. It was nice to be told by Leigh that it was OK to take a break for myself!! xx

  10. You are so artistic – lovely calligraphy. I think you’re right though – We all need to try to find time for ourselves to relax. I’m not very arty though, but will try to find ways to chill, without twitching and finding something else to do. That’s the difficult part for me, actually switching off. #HomeEtc

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