Mindfulness isn’t just about meditation, it’s also about remembering to look after yourself when you need it most. For me, this mostly takes the form of making a small change. Once I have noticed that I’m in a bit of a bad mood, trying to find something I can do that will change that, whether it’s reading a chapter of a good book or talking to a friend, I try and do something that will lift my mood. it won’t always work but sometimes that small shift can be enough to make my day go that little bit better
I had a lovely surprise in the post this week, I received a Buddy Box. The Buddy Box is put together by The Blurt Foundation who are dedicated to helping people affected by depression. This month’s box was all about taking the time to just ‘bee’. It’s full of little things that made me smile. Particularly the Koala magnet with the slogan: I give Koality hugs
This box also contained YOU, a book which is full of small ideas to bring little but effective changes to the day. One of my favourites is: listen to a powerful song, in my experience listening to music is always a good idea, especially if you want to lift your mood. I will probably revisit later and let you know whether it has been helpful. I hope that it will be. I know that I am not the best at making changes, so breaking things down into smaller more approachable ideas seems like a good place to start.
One of the things I have been learning as part of my mindfulness practice is that doing something good for another person can take your mind off things if you are having a bad day. I’m not saying it will work for a long period of time, but I’m saying that sometimes it is good to try and make connections with other people. This box encourages that in a random sort of way, as every box I’ve seen includes a postcard for you to leave with some positive thoughts for another person. I love the idea of leaving things for other people to find, whether it’s postcards with something positive on or sharing books that you have loved. (Bookcrossing.com is a good way of doing this.)
Doing little things for yourself and those around you could start to make a big difference and for me trying to put that into practice as much as possible is what mindfulness is about.