How to Be Mindful in a Busy Month

We are only a few days into April and I already know it is going to fly by. We’re less than two months away from our wedding, Dane and I both have weekends away celebrating our Bachelor and Bachelorette parties, it’s my birthday month (and Everme’s birthday month!) and we’re both wondering how we are going to make time for everything else in between?

How many of you have a hand up right now like “yeah, that’s my month too!”. Probably most of you. If you don’t, please email me and I’d like to pick your brain.

Our schedules are jam packed - our lives, our jobs, our cell phones, our friends and all of our other roles and responsibilities demand so much of us! How do we remain mindful amidst all the action?

Here are three of my favorite tricks to staying mindful in a busy month:

  1. 10x10 Breathing Exercise. Take 10 deep breaths, but inhale for 5 seconds and exhale for 5 seconds. I am not sure where I picked this up but it is a really simple way to get back to the present and neutralize all of the hurried feelings.

  2. Find one “golden hour” per week. Look at your weekly schedule. It might be jam packed, but I bet there’s at least one hour during the week that is not yet filled. Use this hour as a way to care for yourself, in whatever way works best for you. For me, my typical self-care is usually already scheduled in so I like to use my golden hour as an “anything is possible” timeframe. Essentially, I’m giving myself a window of time in which I can do whatever I want! This helps boost my mindfulness throughout the week because when it starts to get stressful I can remind myself of my golden hour and know that I will have some time to exhale and relax.

  3. Gratitude Reminder. If you have a fitbit or some other wearable technology that can provide you with reminders, this is an easy one. From 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., my fitbit goes off when there is 10 minutes left in the hour. Technically, it’s reminding me to get up and move. However, I use this reminder to stop whatever I am doing and find what I am grateful for in that moment. The best part about this trick is that you can do it whenever and wherever - even in the middle of a meeting!

What are some of the ways that you stay mindful?