Have you ever found yourself repeating your shopping list in your head while out for a walk? Or planning dinner while in a yoga pose? It can be hard to stop the mental chatter and constant multi-tasking. We might dream of taking a pacific island holiday at a luxury resort, where someone else does all of the cooking and cleaning (ok so that might be my dream). But the truth is we can easily reduce overwhelm and stress by being more mindful and taking what I call mini breaks and mindful moments.
Take Mini Breaks
A mini break might sound like something Bridget Jones would take. But in fact you don’t need to go away for a weekend to take a mini break. Simply take a break in your day where you do something that makes you feel like you are on holiday, it is a break from chores, routine and work.
You don’t need to do anything complicated that involves a lot of time or planning. The simpler the better. It is about doing something that is out of your day to day routine and that makes you feel that you have the luxury of time to unwind, even if it’s just for 10 minutes.
What activity could you do that would give you this sense of peace for 10 minutes?
For example, I get up early so I can enjoy a mini break before everyone gets up. I take my coffee outside and slowly sip on it while listening to the early morning sounds. It’s quiet time to myself. It gives me that feeling that I have the luxury of time to enjoy the start of the day.
Other ways to take a mini break
- Go for a walk by yourself.
- Tell the family that you are unavailable for the next half an hour and curl up with your favourite book.
- Go to a cafe by yourself (with that book!) to enjoy a quiet cup of tea or coffee.
- Set a time in the evening when you stop thinking about your to do lists. For example you could make 7:30pm or 8pm the cut off time for chores. The rest of the evening is dedicated to you. Be strict with yourself. It is your time to unwind—use essential oils, read, write, paint, craft, stretch, do nothing. Whatever relaxes you.
These are just a few ideas to get your started, I am sure that you can think of the perfect way to take your own mini breaks.
Pause for Mindful Moments
The great thing about taking a mindful moment is that you don’t need to stop what you are doing. You simply pause, notice what it is that you are doing, notice what is going on around you and look for beauty. It’s about being present and focusing on the joy. You can take as many mindful moments as you want throughout the day. The more the better.
Simply pause, notice what you are doing, notice what is going on around you and look for beauty.
For example, if you are in the kitchen doing dishes, pause to notice how hot the water is, look at the detail on the plates, feel the weight of the pots. Then notice what is going on around you and look for beauty, something that brings you joy.
Bringing more mindfulness to your daily routine brings a greater sense of calm and slows down your stress response.
By taking mini breaks and mindful moments you can reach the end of the day in greater balance and feel like you have had time to yourself and appreciated the day.