Mindfulness has gained a lot of attention lately, and with good reason. Being more present in our lives and developing some other habits can have a huge impact on the quality of our lives and our relationships.
Several things mindful people practice provide them with more clarity and tranquility in their lives. Focusing on the present moment without judgment, and rediscovering simple life blessings lead to more happiness and joy.
Let’s discuss five little things these people do differently to help you work your way toward acceptance and inner peace.
1. They Accept and Appreciate Things
Appreciation for the gifts of the present moment is an art that mindful people have mastered.
It stimulates the release of hormones like dopamine and oxytocin that have a calming effect. And it is the first step toward gratitude.
Mindful people know they can’t change reality, so they accept it and appreciate the people and things for what they are.
Rather than complaining about the weather, or bad economic circumstances, this attitude allows them to discover new possibilities and opportunities.
Mindful people accept the challenges of life and embrace them as an opportunity to learn and grow.
2. They Express Gratitude
Mindful people have realized the amazing power of gratitude – from boosting mental health, more optimism, joy, and pleasure, to improved sleep and overall well-being.
It is easy when things are going your way, but when you are going through a rough patch, the capability to notice a silver lining and the good things around you can be a game-changer. Practicing gratitude also helps in relieving stress and getting into a more relaxed state of mind.
Mindful people don’t just forget about difficult times.
They remember them and show gratitude at how far they have come. Such people also strengthen their relationships with others by letting them know how much they appreciate them.
3. They Take Good Care of Themselves
Mindful people are focused on nourishing their bodies with healthy, nutrient-rich foods. They are aware that resorting to easily available, but highly processed snacks negatively influence their bodies and mood, and that makes it easy to practice restraint.
When they travel or have a particularly exhausting period, they opt for vitamins and supplements to compensate for the lack of well-balanced meals and micronutrients.
Also, they practice self-care regularly, and especially when they feel they are under a lot of stress or just feel something is off. Yoga, meditation, or other relaxation techniques – mindful people have their ways of re-centering themselves when needed.
4. They Let Go of Perfectionism and Practice Self-Compassion
Striving for perfection and getting it right every time can leave us feeling worthless when we fail to achieve anything less than that.
Mindful people cultivate their sense of well-being by ditching their own unrealistic expectations and nurturing a good-enough mindset.
Perfectionism hinders productivity, and they have realized that working toward their goals and putting themselves out there are accomplishments not to be underestimated. Achieving success and getting where you want to be is a process, and mindful people know that.
Instead of setting impossible standards for themselves, they practice self-forgiveness, self-acceptance, and self-love, especially when their situation is unfavorable.
Even when falling short of their expectations, they avoid self-judging and instead focus on showing kindness and understanding to themselves.
5. They Nurture Positive Self-Talk
Mindful people know that self-talk immensely affects their personal lives as well as their career trajectory.
Therefore, they watch their thoughts carefully. They have learned to overcome the negative dialogue in their heads that was holding them back.
To achieve this, they managed to bring awareness to the way they speak to themselves. Also, they have learned to let go of the past and move on to more constructive thoughts that can elevate their personal and professional lives.
Mindful people focus on using positive words in their speech, whether it is talking to themselves or others, in an attempt to develop better relationships and a positive workplace culture.
More Inspiration: Check out this great article on 5 ways to boost your self-confidence.
Author: Rebecca Brown, is a translator and avid traveler, a book worm and horror flick enthusiast. My job has given me the amazing opportunity to travel to dozens of countries around the world, and writing on Rough Draft gives me a chance to try to showcase some of them.