Everywhere you turn lately, you can find articles on mindfulness. According to Psychology Today, “Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you carefully observe your thoughts and feelings without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to your current experience, rather than dwelling on the past or anticipating the future.”
Practicing mindfulness and meditation were both recommended to me when I was at the end of my last year of college in 2014 and was stressed about finding a job after graduation. It has been a lifesaver for me. Just taking a few deep breaths can help during a moment of stress.
I have a theory on why our society needs so many tips and explanations about the benefits of mindfulness.
Are you ready?
We need to slow the f@%k down.
Think about it. We go a hundred miles an hour at our jobs. We are attempting to multitask and we get pinged from email, social media, text messages, phone notifications from the gazillion apps on our phones. We run from place to place, whether it’s to make it to another appointment or commitment after work or fly to pick up the kids on time.
No wonder we need to slow down and take a breath.
Multitasking is not good for you–and I don’t care how “good” you think you are at it. Something is suffering when you are doing it. The more I try to multitask, the more I feel like I can’t get stuff done.
The bottom line is that we need to slow down. Take a deep breath. Think about why you are doing whatever task you are doing. Focus on one task at a time. Reduce the number of notifications on your phone. You don’t have to check your phone each and every time it makes a sound or vibrates. It’s ok if you let it wait until you finish what you are doing. Fortunately, none of this is rocket science. We all just need reminders to actually do it.
In a future post, I will share some tools I use to help me, but in the meantime, take a few breaths—good deep breaths and not wimpy breaths—and slow the f@%k down.