As millennials, we are at an age where our lives are constantly disrupted. Our plans and ideas are ever-changing. We have very little control over outside circumstances (at least it often seems that way). And that is stressful and often infuriating! There seems to be no time to focus on our inner voices because everything else seems more urgent and begs for our attention.
This is why I am so grateful that I found The Mindful Kind podcast, hosted by Rachael Kable. As the About Page on her blog explains, she is “passionate about empowering people around the world to live more mindfully in fun, simple and meaningful ways.” This certainly shows in her podcast episodes, which she prepares for wonderfully!
All of her episodes are under fifteen minutes, and she shares a new mindfulness exercise every time. I would honestly suggest listening to one episode a day in a quiet place where you can really focus. She gives so much valuable information and gives you the opportunity to practice exercises with her. I listened to the podcast at work where I wasn’t able to do some of the exercises, and I am planning to re-listen to those episodes on the train!
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What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a mindset. It involves experiencing thoughts and feelings for what they are. Rachael points out that mindfulness is not about feeling happy all the time, it’s about letting yourself feel everything and being okay with your feelings in that moment.
One of the reasons I continued listening to this podcast is because of how relatable Rachael is, especially when she explained her own mindfulness journey. She talked about going to university and feeling so overwhelmed and stressed because she was thinking about so many things at once. She focused on planning for the future so much and was disappointed when things didn’t go exactly the way she expected. I feel that way all the time.
Mindfulness is about living in the present. It may take some work to change your natural thought processes and not worry so much about what’s coming. This does not mean you should be negligent and not prepare, but mindfulness gives you permission to feel that stress and let it go.
What can mindfulness help with?
- Reduce Stress. Practicing mindfulness won’t take all of your stress away, but it’s a useful tool to manage stress because you’re living in the moment and not thinking about so many things at once.
- Less Frantic. Part of being mindful is understanding what makes you calm and happy. An example Rachael gave was having a routine. Having a routine allows you to know what your morning is going to look like and gives you some control.
- Flexibility. Mindfulness allows you to take each new development as it comes. If you’re in tune with how you’re feeling and not worrying about future implications, you will have better problem solving skills.
The Mindful Kind podcast was full of exercises for practicing mindfulness. One of the first exercises Rachael teaches is a breathing exercise. I honestly thought stuff like this was useless. But I did the exercise with her as she talked through it and it actually did have an effect. It made me think about things I’d never thought about before, such as how your breath feels as it goes through your nose and down your throat. It immediately brings you into the moment without much effort at all.
In a world where everything fight for our attention, it is so important to listen to our minds and bodies. It is absolutely necessary to take time to be mindful of our inner and outer circumstances. There were a few ways to practice mindfulness in this post, but I want to hear from you. How do you bring mindfulness into your life?