Break Those Bad Habits With Mindfulness
A habit is something you do continuously, that in some cases almost becomes involuntary. Habits are things that many of us train our brains to make us better, wake up early, work out and eat well. But in some instances the things that we commit to memory and become habits turn out to be negative, and they control us from the subconscious in a conscious way. Can you just not seem to kick your foul mouth in the office, or do always have something negative to say about a colleague? One way to deal with these unwanted habits is by taking better control of your mind with mindfulness.
Mindfulness comes into play because it helps you filter your thoughts. You become more intentional with the things that you commit to memory, which then turn into your habits. Mindfulness puts you in control and provides you with the tools to act like you want to. A great way to get started with your practice is just to sit alone in a quiet place for 5-10 minutes, close your eyes and pay attention to your breath. You may have thoughts running through your head, but don’t mind them, let them come and go and just relax. Think of each thought as in a ‘thought bubble’ and let it drift from your mind. The more you practice, the more you can be aware of where your focus is going You then have a choice to pay attention to the positive or negative.
So don’t waste anytime, Start breaking those bad habits today. Use the guided meditation below to get started.
This article covers the mindfulness pillar of the Living Happier @Work program.