Sometimes I get upset. I get frustrated the most when I don’t have the energy to do day-to-day things that normally would have been easy for me. Like popping to the shop, or folding up the laundry. On certain days, standing at the sink doing the dishes is an uphill battle. On these days, I’m learning to hold up my hands, admit that I’m having an off day and go and chill. But sometimes Netflix isn’t enough to take your mind of things, so I’ve been investigating mindfulness techniques that will help me switch off.
I’m not really one for sitting cross legged on the floor and emptying my mind. One, because ouch, two, because as much as over-thinking stresses me out, a little bit of thinking helps me to stay in control and content. Also, I find a vague sense of accomplishment quite relaxing, it’s almost reassuring me that I’m not completely useless. I’ve always enjoyed colouring and cross stitching as relaxing hobbies that end with a finished piece. I like the rhythmic quality of both of these activities and colour tends to make me feel better, kind of like when you put on a bright dress and feel a bit brighter yourself.
One other modern mindfulness technique that you don’t read about is gaming. I think if you can absorb yourself into a game and think about planning or strategy, it can be a great way to switch of thoughts that are getting in the way. Recently, I restarted my copy of Animal Crossing on my 3DS. Yes it’s pink, yes I love it. It’s a basic game of role play, mini games and design. It’s childish, creative and a nice way to escape. I choose to think about my character in the game, making decisions about furniture and gardens instead of worrying about my next endo flare up. I personally think games and gaming are a great way to switch off from other modern worries.
Do you have a foolproof mindfulness activity? What’s your favourite way to relax? I would love to hear all about it, so feel free to leave a comment down below. Or come say hi on Instagram @boowholefoods