I’ve come to the conclusion that it is better to spend my energy trying to do something useful than performing potentially endless introspection.

I think the most useful thing anyone can do to help themselves is to spend 10 minutes just sitting and breathing, observing their breath. At the most simple level this is what we learn from mindfulness and there is plenty of evidence to show it helps depression, anxiety and general wellbeing.

Try it now:

  • find a comfortable place,
  • close your eyes and breath naturally (I breathe through my nose but do what’s best for you),
  • observe your breath as it flows in and out,
  • the cooler breath in and the warmer breath out…
  • you can focus on a point that the breath passes and feel how the in and out breaths flow past it…

sit for a few minutes and when you open your eyes check out how you feel. That is it – all you need to do for 5 or 10 minutes each day and you will feel better….

Walking woman Doha (reduced)I speak from experience – almost everything I recommend I have tried and learnt through my own experience.

Of course, there is a lot written about mindfulness and various routines but the basics are as above and that is all you need to do. Just do an internet search if you want to learn more.

Being mindful as you go through your daily life also helps – that is also simple so forget all the complicated stuff and techniques at first and just try it. Notice how if feels to wake up, what is around you how you may feel if anxious, tired, depresses, specifics are important like cleaning your teeth, walking, smiling, laughing… NOTICE – ACCEPT – LET GO.

If you notice, let go and accept yourself, accept you make mistakes, get upset, feel stressed, eat too much, eat too little, let people down, just like everyone else does you will feel better and do better. Love yourself and accept yourself as everyone is different and everyone including you can be happy or sad – you don’t help anyone feel better by punishing yourself and being sad, just think about it.

I just reread Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig, which I enjoyed immensely. I was apprehensive that I wouldn’t like it, having enjoyed reading it as a teanager but I did and I can recommend it as a book just as relevant and interesting now as when it was written. It is a book about mindfulness as well as many other things.

I was going to write about Apps I use to track my feelings, and stress levels and other stuff but I think that is enough so next time.

Please like/comment or just use this as you like but I’d love to know what you think. Most important, smile and enjoy your life – you may as well and you only get one chance.

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