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01 July 2021

A Month of Mindfulness

This is something a bit different for me to be sharing, but why not? Maybe I can help someone else as well as myself.

A Month of Mindfulness


I have recently realised that I have been ignoring my mental wellbeing a fair bit. I've not been allowing myself to switch off, to sleep properly, to sit and breath, to think things through. I've been meaning to change it, but despite my good intentions life got in the way a lot.

I found the Daily Wellness playlist on Spotify and you know what? It's going to be the kick-start I need. I plan on trying to listen to the playlist daily, or at least Monday to Friday, and checking in on here once a week to update you on how it's going. The playlist itself is a mix of podcast episodes and music, and is a little under two hours long. I've listened to one to get an idea of what it was about, and it does seem like a bit of a mixed bag.

Wish me luck on my month of mindfulness.


How I Feel


Right now I feel a little bit overwhelmed. I feel like I'm on the verge of panic pretty much constantly, I'm tossing and turning rather than sleeping, and when I do sleep I'm plagued by nightmares. I am slipping back in to bad behaviours and bad coping mechanisms.

But I know how to fix it.

I've been this way before, I worked through it with therapy. I know that for me, mindfulness is key. I feel like my life has been too busy to take time for me, so I'm going to dedicate some time in the morning especially. Because I really don't want to get dragged down any further into my anxiety.

I think I also need to have a good cry and let it all out, I'm terrible at bottling up my emotions. I'm going to have to watch Bambi, aren't I?


Goals for the Week


To help me keep track I am setting out a few goals. I hope that these will be easy to achieve, although my physical health will have a fair bit of impact on them, so I'm not going to get down about not hitting them all. For my first week I am keeping it to three goals, and I'll maybe add one a week to work towards my wellbeing as the month goes on.

  • Listen to the Daily Wellness playlist at least five days a week
  • Aim for eight hours of sleep a night
  • Go for a long walk at least once


Keeping Track


I'm going to check back in every Thursday in July with a quick update of how I'm getting on, whether I've met my goals, and any extra goals I want to add. I'll probably make a few notes about favourite songs and podcast episodes too, and anything I've found particularly helpful.

I'll physically be keeping track in my bullet journal, probably with a monthly habit tracker so I can see at a glance how I'm doing.


How do you practice mindfulness?


4 comments:

  1. Hope you manage to keep track of your goals, a habit tracker sounds like a great idea!

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  2. I think we're all guilty of putting ourselves last and not taking a break to stop and refocus. Your month of mindfulness sounds like a really good idea, I hope it works well for you x

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  3. I'm sorry to hear you've been feeling like this lately. In June I felt a bit all over the place and overwhelmed and definitely neglected my self care at times. Mindfulness is so important and best of luck with your goals. A walk definitely helps me!

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  4. Sorry to hear you've been struggling. I hope the mindfulness is helping. I'm a big fan of the Headspace app, especially the sleepcasts

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