This article is about living a more mindful existence, which sounds like some hippy shit, and that may be exactly what it is.
BUT, these tips have helped me reclaim my mind as my own, something I can control, and with that control, I am happier. All I can do is share what I know and hope it has the same effect on others.
Being a model/entrepreneur and traveling the world has given me experiences I once only dreamed about, and oh so much to talk about. Ha. However, with such a busy schedule, it can be easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle that is everyday life, and the glitz and glamour that is LA. Running through different time zones, attending castings, keeping up with my workout routine, cooking day and night, and finding time for my eventful social life can leave me lost in moments without truly enjoying them. Whenever I notice this in my own life, I make a conscious effort to change for the better. I try to do one thing at a time and give it my full attention.
Here are a few tips to get you started.
First thing’s first-
Put Your Phone Down
A simple way to get your head back in the game is to put your phone down more often. The social media phenomenon has really aided in further removing us from ourselves and those around us. I have friends who appear to live for social media. They plan their lives around taking photos and liking others posts in exchange for likes! Sounds ridiculous to anyone who doesn’t understand this day and age and the marketing it takes to stand out from the crowd. Even though I understand where they’re coming from, I refuse to be a slave to the world literally living for likes and follows. No thank you. What happened to the more organic approach? If people like it they like it, if they don’t, well, they don’t. When you’re being true to you, you shine. People are attracted to confident beings who own their own skin and don’t need approval from anyone. So there.
Mindfulness is all about being present in the moment. That means taking time to truly accept the moment for what it is. Maybe you’re not wearing the right outfit or you didn’t get “the shot”, at this time it’s about taking a deep breath and learning the art of acceptance. In moments of mindfulness, you take time to truly let go and move on from things you cannot change. This helps to release feelings of the past to have better focus on the present.
Focus On Your Food
When we sit down to eat at my house, the tv is off and we talk about the meal I have prepared, how it looks, how it feels. I like to have my guests guess which spices and ingredients I used to really get them to taste the food. This is a great way to practice mindfulness and it leads to healthier eating habits both by food awareness and taking the time to chew and consume.
It’s impossible to rush and listen at the same time. You may hear, but listening is the ability to hear and comprehend. We miss out on a lot when we tune out our surroundings. Mindfulness starts with listening intently to your surroundings and those you’re communicating with. You will not only become more mindful of yourself, but of the world around you.
Seek New Experiences
Never be afraid to challenge yourself. I am a natural born thrill seeker. It’s in those adrenaline-rush filled moments that you truly feel alive. Your senses awaken, your heart skips a beat or speeds up so fast you think it might explode, you become fully present in the moment. You don’t have to zip line through the jungle or jump out of an airplane, but you should always try something you’ve never done before. Unlike me, I know some people truly dislike being out of their comfort zone, but what’s on the other side is empowering. Once you pass the “I’m too scared” phase, you arrive in a realm of possibility because most likely, you survived what you thought would kill you, you did what you thought you couldn’t do.
There isn’t a greater practice in learning mindfulness than meditation. Simply taking 20 minutes of your day (morning & night if you can) to just sit still and reflect internally can go a long way in helping your stress levels, health, and productivity. It’s like setting a reset button on your mind. This will allow you to become more aware of your thoughts, needs, true desires, and find a sense of inner peace that will help you in the long run.