Due to many recent health issues and escalated stress levels I have made a commitment to increase my mindfulness. While some may say I need to deal with the stressors in my life to alleviate the issues — I say some challenges in life must work themselves out over time. While this is unfortunately true in life sometimes, it is none the less easier to attain peace with.
I am seeing that by using my brain power to think about things that are out of my control is draining. There are problems that I simply can’t solve whether I like it or not. The end result in using my time and mental stamina worrying about things I can do nothing about which leaves less energy for creativity or true relaxation. Lately when I sit down at the end of the day I have no energy for anything, even things that I used to find enjoyable. If I had a weekend free it would not necessarily be enjoyable. Wishing I could iron out problems for others is exhausting. So is waiting for weeks or even months for a resolution to attain some needed peace.
I need to remember to focus on what is only within my control!!!! And when my thoughts aren’t productive, I need to make a conscious, perhaps even forced, effort to shift my energy to more positive thoughts.
If finding a positive thought is a challenge, I could focus on activities like —
- listening to music,
- petting my dogs,
- my family,
- a friend,
- breathing in the fresh air, etc….
I am hopeful that the more I practice expending my mental mind, the more it will become a consistent habit. Which in turn will result in more peace during the day and perhaps better sleep at night.