Steps to be more mindful

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It’s easy to say that we’re going to make changes in our lives to become healthier. But actually doing something about it can sometimes be a little bit more difficult. Maybe we don’t have time to adopt new behaviors, you may be scared of how changing yourself will change your life or maybe you just don’t know where to start.

Here are a few simple things you can incorporate to simply help you become more mindful of what you’re already doing. When you’re mindful you’re stopping to actually notice what you’re doing instead of just floating through the day like a robot. Today’s a great day to start!

Start your day with a quick morning meditation or a few deep breaths

Be thankful for another beautiful day and take the time to pull yourself into the present. Setting the intention of being present first thing in the morning will help you be present throughout the day so you’re not doing something while thinking about something else you have to do.

Remind yourself to love yourself and to breathe

Grab a pack of post-it notes and write down some different things on each one such as “Breathe”, “I am grateful” or “I am beautiful”. Put the notes around the house or even your car or office and when you see them do what they’re telling you to do — taking some deep belly breaths or telling yourself how special you are.

Pay attention to your food

So often we simply eat whatever is the quickest and easiest choice, and eat it as quickly as we can so we can move on to the next thing we have to do. Next time, use all of your senses to truly enjoy your meal. Smell it, look at it and notice the color and texture, smelling it can help your digestive juices rev up for eating and really take the time to taste what you’re eating. Notice how many times you chew and whether you’re actually taking the time to chew your food into mush or if you’re swallowing large chunks of food that will wreak havoc on your digestive system.

Jacqueline Banks, who grew up in Casa de Campo, is a certified holistic health counselor and busy mother.

Her focus is on helping other busy moms in all stages of motherhood keep themselves and families healthy and happy. She uses natural and organic solutions to solve individual health problems and promote clean living.

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