By Manuela Domingos
I’ve decided to rejuvenate my mind by aiming to maintain a good balance, not only physically, but mentally as well.
Since I’m in Europe, a switch to my routine has shifted a little bit, but I’m hoping to keep a good steady “Mind Diet” while I’m here. I’ve compiled a list on how I’ll try to exercise my mind the moment I wake up, until the moment I go back to sleep and resume my routine once again.
Be Thankful. I try to make a habit out of this. Whenever I catch myself wanting to complain about something or feeling as if things could be much “better” than they actually are, I try to take the time to recognize all my successes and blessings and focus on the positive things. These could be simple things like having food to eat that day, or simply being grateful to have the opportunity to be surrounded by a wonderful family.
Practice Patience. This is probably one of the hardest things to do. I’m practically the most impatient person in the world. Learning to accept every moment as it comes is probably one of the hardest things to do. I tend to get extremely uneasy and agitated when I don’t get things done my way or if things don’t happen the way that I would want them to happen. When I feel that way, I try to take deep breaths and recognize that everything happens at its own pace. Taking in deep breaths and consciously choosing to calm down and relax is probably the most challenging thing to do, yet the most efficient.
Be Selfless. It may seem like these things are more focused on character instead of mindset, but everything begins in the mind. It’s easy to just think about “Me, me, me” and not enough of “others.” Practicing selflessness and putting others before oneself is a good thing.
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