Little Laws Of Mindfulness That Will Change The Way You Live

It’s easy to get so wrapped up in our busy schedules that we forget to take a moment for ourselves—even just to breathe.

Living a life where the focus is always on the next big thing and on checking off items from a to-do list will only lead to an unhappy life and cause you to burn out.

Here are some easy ways to mindfully enjoy the present moment.

Your Only Reality Is The Present Moment

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Photo: Nghia / Unsplash

There is no point dwelling on the past and stressing about the future because you can’t go back in time, and the future hasn’t happened yet. All you can control is the present moment, so stay in it, embrace it, make the best of it, and the future will follow through.

Negative Thoughts Are Only As Powerful As You Let Them Be

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Photo: Nik Shulianhin / Unsplash

You can’t help but feel negative thoughts every once in a while, but how you respond to them is in your hands.

Take a step back to observe your thoughts so that you can detach yourself from them and move on. If you let your negative thoughts consume you, you give them too much power.

Smiling For No Reason Can Trick Your Brain Into Feeling Happy

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Photo: Matthew Hamilton / Unsplash

When we smile, we release dopamine into our brain, which makes us feel happy. We usually smile naturally when we are happy, but even if we consciously put in the effort to crack a smile, the same chemical will still be released, brightening your mood instantly.

Be Grateful For What You Have

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Photo: Caju Gomes / Unsplash

Although hopes and dreams are a virtue, so is gratitude for what you already have. Be thankful for the blessings that have already come your way, while you work on the ones that you would still like to achieve. Gratitude increases positivity, which improves health and well-being.

Channel Your Anger Into A Positive Act Rather Than Get Overwhelmed By It

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Photo: Icons8 Team / Unsplash

Anger is a natural feeling that we are all guilty of from time to time, but just like negative thoughts, you are in control of channeling it in a positive and productive direction.

It’s easy to get angry, but it’s hard to redirect it. However, remember that life is too short to spend time being angry.

Find Inner Peace Yourself Instead Of Looking For Validation From Others

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Photo: Helena Lopes / Unsplash

Self-consciousness means that you are putting too much emphasis on what others think of you, when it really shouldn’t matter because if you love yourself, you will attract those who love you and see you for who you are.

Know What You Want So You Can Create It In Your Life

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Photo: Mesut Kaya / Unsplash

As the saying goes, “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.”

You have to know what you want first so that you can get it, that includes knowing your morals, values, ambitions, goals, and dreams. Once you are aware of them, then you can set you set a plan of action in motion to achieve everything that you want.

No One Can Walk Your Path For You

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Photo: Thom Holmes / Unsplash

Don’t rely too much on others, as only you are in charge of yourself and only you can find out what you need and who you want to be.

Others can still walk beside you, but at the end of the day, the path is yours alone, and the mistakes are yours to make and learn from. This is how you discover who you truly are.

Live The Way You Believe Is Right, Not The Way That Society Expects Of You

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Photo: Ryoji Iwata / Unsplash

You are surrounded by rules and standards that try to tell who you should be and how to live. Don’t cave into them or change yourself just to feel accepted. Follow your heart, your dreams, and your gut, and your authentic actions will pay off.

The Right Path Won’t Always Be The Easy Path

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Photo: Jake Blutcher / Unsplash

Good things don’t come easy. But the struggle is what makes you grow. People and circumstances will get in the way of your path, but you are capable of overcoming them.

In the end, the hard path will lead you where you need to go and make it all worth it. If it was easy, then everyone would be doing it.

Embrace The Costs

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Photo: Madison Lavern / Unsplash

Life is about give and take. To find out what you truly want, you must ask yourself “what is worth suffering for?”

For example, if someone wants muscles, they must be willing to sweat and work out until those muscles get sore before they get shaped. The costs are part of the journey that leads to your destination.

Take It One Thing At A Time

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Photo: Leonard Cotte / Unsplash

Remember to take moments to breathe and enjoy empty space.

Although many of us are always on the go, as we feel we have no other choice, we never truly find fulfillment in the things we do because we give them all of ourselves.

Taking time to go through each task one by one will help you find balance and appreciate life’s beauty.

When You Try To Control Too Much, You Stop Enjoying The Little Things

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Photo: Jamie Brown / Unsplash

Many of us crave control because we feel that is the only way to achieve the stability and certainty in which we find comfort.

However, we can only control so much, and there is no way to prepare for every variable. So we might as well be flexible and go with the flow of life, as it might bring you on wonderful journeys you could have never anticipated yourself.

Allow Yourself Time To Rest Or You Will Burn Out

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Photo: Hamza Bounaim / Unsplash

Take a day off when you need one. Allow yourself to give up your responsibilities for a short time. They will still be there when you come back, but the break will allow you to refresh and find your balance.

Use rest days to find quietness and stillness from your routine so that you can redirect your energy.

Exercise Isn’t Just Good For Your Body, But For Your Mind

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Photo: Jonathan Borba / Unsplash

Physical exercise isn’t just beneficial to your body. If you exercise on a regular basis, you start training your mind as well to reduce feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression, while simultaneously releasing the required chemicals to boost your confidence and feel happier.

Even small but regular amounts of exercise can make a difference.

Don’t Wait For Your Birthday To Celebrate Yourself

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Photo: Sergei Solo / Unsplash

You are worth celebrating every day, not just on holidays or your birthday. Prove that to yourself by taking time to recognize your greatness and to congratulate yourself for all of the steps you have taken to get where you are. Reward yourself from time to time in whatever way makes you happy.

Focus On Your Strengths, Because Focusing On Weakness Only Leads To Frustration

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Photo: Sarah Cervantes / Unsplash

It’s okay to fail, and it’s okay to make mistakes because that’s how we learn. And even when we learn, we cannot learn to be good at everything.

You have natural abilities that give you an advantage; find them and use them to seize opportunities and to find ways around your weaknesses.

Writing Down What You’re Grateful For Solidifies It In Your Brain

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Photo: Tyler Ix / Unsplash

Even when you feel lost or like you have nothing, you can trick your brain into believing you have everything. It is as simple as writing it down.

We all have at least one thing to be grateful for, be it as small as a roof over our heads or legs that keep us going. Start there and work your way up—you’ll surprise yourself at how many blessings you can find.

Performing Acts Of Kindness Not Only Helps Others, But Also Helps You

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Photo: Renate Vanaga / Unsplash

Research has shown that performing acts of kindness can help you feel more fulfilled. Although often selfless, an act of kindness is rewarding to everyone involved, and it doesn’t require much. It can be as easy as giving a quick compliment to brighten up someone’s day.

Acknowledging The Unhappy Moments Helps You Find New Happy Moments Faster

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Photo: Allef Vinicius / Unsplash

We all fall down sometimes, and it’s okay to take time to be sad.

When something bad happens, you must let yourself feel it out to be able to release. Don’t feel like you have to pretend to be happy and okay. The quicker you acknowledge it, the quicker you can heal from it to bounce back and find new happy moments.