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Mindset shifts that will change your life

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Mindfulness is adopting a new mindset that will alter your outlook on life and your mood. It is about being aware in every possible moment and accepting ourselves, whilst keeping a non judgemental state.

Mindfulness is not a quick fix however, if mindset exercises are applied and reinforced on a daily basis the results will alter your life. This is why it is great treatment for stress, anxiety and depression as it eventually creates a permanent change.
Practising mindfulness does not have to take hours out of your day. Some of these mindset exercises can be done in 5 minutes. The key is to learn to live more consciously and accept yourself and your life.

For those of you who do not know, I am currently studying a Mindfulness diploma and have actively practised mindfulness in my life for the past 5 months. Therefore I know first hand that the following mindset shifts will help change your life.

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Living in the present moment

Do not waste your energy holding onto the past or worrying about the future. All that matters right now is this moment. Paying more attention in the present moment heightens our consciousness. Keeping a non judgemental outlook on ourselves and others allows us to observe our bodily and emotional responses. This stops us from being a slave to our own thoughts and the emotions they generate.

Breathing awareness

Breathing awareness is fantastic for helping with anxiety attacks. The deep slow breathing automatically puts your body into a relaxing and calming state. Our mind, body and soul are all connected, once your body starts to relax your mind will too and you can work on focusing your thoughts and energy. This exercise can be done any time anywhere and is the same breathing technique I use in meditation. It is also worth noting that it does not just need to be used when you are feeling worried or stressed etc.

Practising gratitude

I end every day with a gratitude list of 5 things I am grateful for. Being grateful in life leads us to feel more optimistic, increases self-esteem and gives us a positive mental attitude. Being grateful for what you have focuses your energy and happiness in the present and stops you from feeling animosity towards what you do not have. The law of attraction also teaches us that once we are grateful, positive and harmonious with what we have we will attract more things into our life that will make us feel those emotions.

Learn to meditate

Meditation along with yoga is a great exercise to bring calmness and peace to your mind and body. It will help you refocus scattered thoughts, reduces stress and allows you to focus and challenge your energy. There are hundreds of exercises meditation can be used for different outcomes and achievements.

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Internal awareness

The mind is like an energy generator so if it is filled with negative thoughts and you allow yourself to get deeper and deeper into those negative thoughts you will attract more. Internal awareness is being aware of your thoughts and taking control of them. Notice what is happening around you and what is triggering any negative emotion or thoughts. Be aware of your thoughts, environment, feelings and bodily sensations. Internal reflection is used to gain a deeper understanding.

External awareness

External awareness are factors out of your control that affect you for example

Someones actions towards you
Something happening in your life
A situation between other people in your life

With mindfulness practise we accept what we can not change and understand that our true power is controlling how we react to external factors. Learn to let go of the causes of suffering like attachment to an outcome. Do not cling to any suffering, know that life comes with suffering. It is about acceptance.

External awareness will take time and is not easy. However once you have mastered this and live by it your life will forever altar.

Sending love and light,

Alyssa x

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(72) Comments

  1. Great post! I find mindfulness really helps me and have been practising gratitude for a while now. I’m also starting to get back into yoga again so hopefully that will make a difference! One mindful practice I love is incorporating it with activities, for example mindful eating, and mindful washing up.

    1. Alyssa says:

      Thank you for reading Hannah! I really want to get back into yoga, I just need to dedicate some time.

  2. I love the post. I definitely thing the hardest is learning to be at peace through suffering. True acceptance of the lack of control of outcomes is nearly impossible. It can be frustrating. Especially as a writer.
    But I loved the post and the layout was all centered which sends its own message. Happy weekend! 🙂

  3. This is such a great post, thank you so much for sharing 🙌 All of these points are sooooo important for self development and I totally agree with you. Mindfulness does help me at the end of a stressful day just to relax and get a good night’s sleep xx

    1. Alyssa says:

      Thank you so much! I agree, it also greatly improves my quality of sleep.

  4. Great post! Meditation and mindfulness has been transformational for me. I also find that it clears my mind and allows for a more creative state. I’m not sure if you have had a similar experience; but I find that if I work on a blog post after meditating, I’m in a much better zone.

    1. Alyssa says:

      I agree! I feel my thoughts are more focused and my mind is clear. Meditation is so powerful as we are all spiritual beings. Thank you for reading and commenting Roger!

  5. I’m getting the hang of mindfulness through meditation and gratitude. It’s changing the way my days end and making me a happier person 🙌 thanks for sharing this post

    1. Alyssa says:

      Thank you Lydia! Im so glad it is working for you. It has also made me a much happier person too.

  6. Everything you said here is exactly what I needed! I worry too much about my future. As a uni student who’s about to graduate in a year, I worry too much about not being able to find a job! When I have anxiety attacks, I don’t try to control my breathing too, so it’s definitely something that I should be more aware of. Thank you so much for sharing something so inspiring!

  7. Great post packed full of amazing tips. I’m trying to be more present in the moment and worry less about things that have already happened or may happen in the future.

    1. Alyssa says:

      Thank you so much Kelly!

  8. Love this post! I’m def all about mindfulness in theory (and sometimes practice). It can be hard to maintain throughout the day though! Thanks for the inspiring post! 🙂

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    1. Alyssa says:

      Thank you for reading! It can be for us all as we can all become a slave to our emotions, its normal!

  9. Meditation is where I need to work more on, otherwise thanks for sharing these great self improvement tips.

  10. I love the idea of listing things you’re grateful for at the end of each day, I was watching a video this morning and it mentioned that this was something a lot of successful people did so I reckon I’m gonna give it a go! I also love the stay present in the moment point, I very rarely do that because I’m nervous or excited for something coming up but its such a good point! Great post, lovely x

    1. Alyssa says:

      Thank you so much for reading! Practising gratitude is fantastic for a positive mindset.

  11. Such a great post! I once carried out a mindfulness session, however, didn’t really like it. Probably because it was only one session and was in a group rather than on my own. I can resonate with a few of your points though. I do practice breathing sometimes, it’s weird how it can make you relax!

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Alyssa says:

      I haven’t done a group session however I have enjoyed learning Mindfulness and implementing it into my life by myself. The breathing awarness is fantastic and also used in therapy. Very effective! Thank you for reading.

  12. Great post! I really love your advice. Having anxiety sucks. I’ve considered meditation, but have never tried it yet. You gave me motivation to do this!

    1. Alyssa says:

      Thats great to hear Michelle! Let me know how you get on, I hope it helps you.

  13. I feel so much calmer just having read this!

    1. Alyssa says:

      Thank you so much Sarah!

  14. I wish I could concentrate better to be able to bring some meditation into my life. My mind naturally just races a thousand miles an hour making it impossible to just focus and relax enough to mediate. I also need to be more aware of my breathing! Great post!

  15. Wow I completely love this post! Meditation has been a game changer for me, it truly has so many benefits, thank you Alyssa for this post!

    1. Alyssa says:

      Thank you Dayma! I am 100% with you, meditation has also changed my life. Thank you for reading.

  16. I love this post. I am trying to practice mindfulness as best I can in anorexia recovery, and although I have improved, I am finding it difficult to stick with some days.

    This has really motivated me and I even learned a thing or two (or three, or four)! Good job 😀

    – Chloe / Nyxie.

  17. Really enjoyed reading this post and you’ve given some really great tips. The internal awareness part is definitely something I should focus on because I’m a very petty person lol. But I love practicing yoga and the breathing exercises that come with it, this has definitely helped me become a more relaxed, calmer and happier person! x

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  19. Very helpful post. I just cannot get enough reminders to stay in the moment and be mindful! Each time I’m prompted to renew my commitment to mindfulness, the benefits are almost always immediate. Thanks for sharing this post at a time when I truly needed it!
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  20. This is such a wonderful post Alyssa. I loved the points living in present and meditation.People need to stop pondering over the future if they want to stay happy and there is no substitute for yoga if one has to stay fit. Great article. Thank you.

    1. Alyssa says:

      Thank you so much Jamie. You are 100% right!! Its all about living in the present.

  21. This post is a really well written summary of mindfulness. I’m incorporating a lot of these practises into my life at the moment and it’s great to have a reminder of how effective they can be!

    1. Alyssa says:

      Thank you Sophie!

  22. This is such a useful post! breathing awareness helps me out soooo much with my anxiety!

    Jas xx | https://thoughtsfromjasmine.co.uk

  23. These are fantastic tips, especially in today’s world when we never shut off! I really want to learn to meditate!

    Rhianna x
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  24. Really great tips! I’ve tried to meditate before but I’m yet to find a style that suits me unfortunately. It’s something I’d love to do more of. I love the idea of listing things you’re grateful for, it’s a great way to get perspective x

    Sophie

  25. Such a great post about mindfulness, really well thought out, interesting to read, and easy going! Well done 🙂

    1. Alyssa says:

      Thank you Dan!

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