It is so important to get a bit of a reality check at times, and that is exactly what ‘mindfulness’ is – It is a reality check, with a positive vibe.
So join us here on The Crazy Mummy Blog for our 3-part Everyday Mindfullness series written by our delightful guest blogger, Danielle Tinkler – the voice behind of the up-and-coming blog, Once Upon A Violet.
You don’t have to practice all of these, every day. But by occasionally adding some of these in, some of the time– you can create yourself a heightened sense of happy, with even the most mundane of tasks…
Here are a few thought provoking tips on how you can get the most out of the little things in life.
1. Get up early.
Earlier than usual that is (and earlier than the rest of your household) and make yourself a cuppa, and sit down to do something you really enjoy – in total peace and quiet.
2. Take a long walk.
Get out and about , and around your neighbourhood at least once a week. Marvel at the gorgeous parks and gardens. See what others are doing to their houses. Make a note of local personalities in your area – and start saying hello to them.
Incorporate this into part your exercise routine, and you are winning on 3 levels – Mindfulness, community awareness, and exercise.
3. Think small.
Challenge yourself to NOT shop at the big chain supermarkets for a while. Be it one week, two weeks, or the whole month. Shop only from the small businesses including the fruiterer, fishmonger, butcher, deli, baker, and corner store.
You will be amazed in the difference in quality, you may even save money (by buying only the things you actually need), and your body will thank you for it due to the fewer amount of processed foods and “handy packs”. And the fact that you are shopping local, helps the small businesses within your community. Its feel good all round!
4. Let someone win an argument.
I know this one sounds odd, but the feeling you get from diffusing tension in your world can be truly amazing. The prime example – a fight with your partner or loved one. Come on, I know we all can do it!
When someone you love starts to “kick-off” and you feel an argument brewing, take a deep breath, nod your head, and simply validate what they are saying. Most people when they “kick-off” about something really only want their issues to be heard, and have their feelings acknowledged. Imagine their surprise when they start to rant, and suddenly you agree with them, and let them run with it… They won’t know where to go with it from there, and the tension will start to diffuse. World War III might be avoided, and a happy household will be restored. Try it. I dare you.
5. Learn people’s names.
Especially in and around your community. Like Bob – the old fellow from down the road from me who has created the most beautiful peace park you will ever see, on just a little bit of council land. Or Lucy and Jamie who run the tiny corner store. Doris who runs the best café I know, Lester in the post office, and Vince – my FedEx guy.
People are what make a community. People give it spirit. Learning each other’s names is just the start of bringing our neighbours together. Team this point with number 2& 3.
Well I hope these few little tips can bring a smile to your face when you go about your everyday business. It’s not hard to be mindful – because at the end of the day, it’s only about being aware of your surroundings, and appreciating the environment that you have.
Enjoy! Dani xo
Dani is a thirty (something) wife, and mother of one. She is a jewellery designer, a small business owner, a freelance writer, and also a paediatric ICU nurse – so a bit of a mixed bag of skills really. She tries to navigate life balancing her creative spirit vs her stubborn streak, by being mindful of her own thoughts & behaviours – having learned long ago that this is probably the only thing in life that she actually can control. And has since spent the rest of her time simply trying to roll with it…. A task that is much easier said than done!
A self-confessed Instagram junkie, based in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. Her favourite things include power walking, window shopping, coffee & red wine – depending on the time of day that is!
Read more from Dani at Onceuponaviolet.com
Check out her jewellery at honeydewandviolet.com.au