Life is moving so fast. I feel like Tim and I got married so recently and just moved into our wonderful home. Yet here we are, approaching out year anniversary in November, and preparing for our first child to be born this January.
God has done some amazing things in our lives, but everything has happened so fast. I stop doing my daily devotionals and stopped pausing to see what was going on around me. I started getting in that silly cycle of just going through the motions to get things done off of my checklist. I think that can happen easily during the first trimester when you were so low on energy and experiencing so many changes to your body. However, now that I am in that lucky second part of pregnancy, I have more energy and more time to be intentional.
So how do you create more mindfulness and intentionality within each and every single day? It’s all about making time. For me, my daily devotionals cannot take more than 5 to 10 minutes otherwise I will put it off. This is just how my brain works in the morning and I don’t do it in the morning, I won’t do it at all. I carve out that time and continue to do devotionals through the Bible app with other people so that I can be held accountable. Outside of this, I utilize my time after my devotionals and while driving to be intentional and pray. It brings me back to the things that I am grateful for And helps me to start my day on the right foot. When I am driving, I can do so mindlessly and I know it is important to be present during those moments. So I decided to spend more time learning and praying while driving. I am either in a conversation with God, or listening to some amazing podcast from one of my favorite female leaders or top leaders in the health industry so that I can continue to learn and help other people’s in a positive way.
Here are my top 5 favorite mindful activities to remain present in the moment:
- Daily devotionals:
- I love Good Morning Girls Intentionally Focused on The Bible App.
- 5 senses activity:
- When I am feeling overwhelmed, I do the 5 senses activity. I label 5 things I can see, 4 things I can hear, 3 things I can feel, 2 things I can smell, and 1 think I can taste. It always brings me back to the moment.
- I listen to my favorite podcasts (like RISE and Goal Digger) on 1.5 times speed. I do this because it causes me to pay more attention to the words that are being spoken, and less attention to the distractions in the environment. Try it, and let me know how it goes!
- Moment of Gratitude:
- Pray, or state, 5 things (minimum) that you are grateful for. Don’t repeat the same 5 things every time you do this activity. Really think about what you are grateful for in that particular moment.
- Set a Daily Intention:
- I do this when my to-do list is too long! I set one intention for the day so that I do not feel like I failed if I do not get that entire list checked off. Intentions might look like, “I will find joy in each activity that I do,” or “I intend to finish my water intake for the day.”
- Instead of just planning out your goals, visualize what it looks like to work towards them, and then to reach them!
So what can you do to create that mindfulness and your routine? When will it be easiest for you to carve out that time, and how much time is feasible for you and your current schedule?