Over the past few weeks my thoughts have become really busy. A lot of the time I’m thinking about where I’d like to be and what steps I need to take to get there but other times, (in between the thoughts above) I’m just doing ‘mindless consumption’- a term I learned on a podcast the other day and it fits my feels perfectly.
Mindless consumption is scrolling, absorbing information but not really doing anything with the information- so if I’m not doing anything with this information this all these images cloud up my train of thought even when I’m not scrolling anymore. For example- I’ll go home from work with the intentions to give myself 20 minutes of chill time then I’ll start on my afternoon things (yoga, gym, class work etc) but 20 minutes turns into 30..then 40..then I look up and the clock says 5pm and its just like damn?! Ive been sitting here scrolling from Instagram to Facebook to twitter to snap, then back to Instagram ‘real quick’ to see if my muse posted a instagram story etc. That’s the shit that gets me- I get caught up in this comfort of looking at what everybody else is doing when I could be using that down time to do more research on my next steps. Or I could be learning new mantras- I could be practicing memorizing a few new yoga poses each day etc.
Its important to give yourself a certain amount of downtime after work because it helps separate different parts of the day/different parts of your day.
I realize that when I come home from work, I’m still thinking about work- and when I’m at work, I’m thinking about all the other things I wish I was doing instead of being at work (I can’t be the only one that does this) its frustrating to a point but it really just means that I need to do a better job at practicing my mindfulness- and when I realize that- which is usually pretty quick- I change my attention to my body. How my body is feeling, if I’m washing dishes I focus on the temperature of the water hitting my hands, I focus on the way my hands move, I focus on the spoon ring on my right index finger etc- and the more detail I focus on, the more I have control of my thoughts & if you can control those, then you’re in control.
So. It’s a daily practice & its an important skill and I want to get better at it bc all the stuff I mindlessly consume ends up coming up in my thoughts later in the day and I catch myself thinking about things completely unrelated to what I’m doing when I should be giving myself positive thoughts- self loving thoughts- confidence boosting thoughts based on the activity. So like for example- I was at the gym yesterday (I just got a new membership and I love it) so I was excited to workout – I finally made it to the gym after a “give-yourself-20 minutes-to-chill-then-change-into-your gym-clothes” (which turned into an hour). When I’m at the gym I’m constantly telling myself I look amazing. I feel amazing. My body is looking fantastic etc (and if you’re thinking- “that’s conceited” you have the wrong mindset) GO BACK TO ARTICLE 1. You get back what you put out- if I’m at the gym to improve my body- why would I tear myself apart the entire workout? No ma’am- I’m going build my confidence my entire workout because it pushes me and I feel good af when I leave the gym. Try it- I challenge you to that.