Healthy Habit · Yoga

Busy is a mindset

I have a busy life, of course I feel busy. Right? Wrong.

Busy is a mindset.

As an elementary school teacher, who also teaches after-school classes most of the year, works hours a day on blogging,  is a wife, daughter, sister, friend, and dedicates lots of time to reach personal goals (becoming a yoga teacher is one!) I feel like I have a lot going on. I feel busy, all the time.

Busy is a mindset

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Here’s the thing though, right now I am on summer vacation. And I still feel busy. Last week I was on the beach, probably the most relaxing place I can think of and I realized that my mind was racing with thoughts. I felt busy. Even though I am on vacation, don’t have to work and was sitting on the beach! That’s when it hit me. Busy is a mindset. It doesn’t matter how much you have going on, it’s your mindset that affects how you feel.

Mindfulness

On one hand, I feel foolish for not figuring this out sooner. I think back to all the time that I felt rushed and busy when I really didn’t have to. But, I also feel relieved. My life is about to get busier this year (details coming soon). I have been stressed thinking about all that I will have on my plate. But, now that I know that being busy is a mindset, I know that I can manage it.

The key is being mindful. Living in the moment. Are there times when you have to think towards to future and plan or reminisce about the past and learn from your past? Of course! But if you are constantly thinking about the past or the future it clouds your mind. Your mind races when you think of these things.

So what am I doing to remedy this?

I am living more in the moment. There is a time that I set aside each day to reflect and to plan. The rest of the day, I am trying my hardest to focus on what I am doing.  It’s a simple concept.

But, it is challenging for me. This is something that I will have to work on every day. I have been meditating for awhile now, but now it’s time for me to bring my mindfulness to my whole day. Because I am clearly not an expert on this, I found a great website on mindfulness and meditation, mindful.org. There are a ton of great articles and ideas on how to help people on this journey. If you need a meditation cushion, I recommend this one.

The little practice that I have doing this has made a huge difference. I am really looking forward to seeing the positive effects this will bring to them.

What do you do to stay mindful? Comment below!

13 thoughts on “Busy is a mindset

  1. Well said! This is something I want to work on too– remembering that how I’m feeling is often just a mindset. I also want to incorporate more mindfulness techniques into my classroom (Mindfulness Monday’s!), so thanks for sharing that resource!

  2. I learned real quickly that if I didn’t say NO that our life was going to be beyond busy. Saying yes to everyone and everything packed our days and I was left exhausted not to mention pretty unbearable.

  3. I totally agree! I’ve been saying this for a while now. When we believe we are “busy” and “stressed,” then we will become that way. Let’s just remember that we each have the same amount of hours in the day and each choice we make about how we spend our time will determine how much we have to do. Having a lot to do doesn’t make us “busy” in the sense that society means. We can get things done and not be stressed when we feel peace and purpose in it.

    1. I think about the fact of everyone having the same amount of hours in a day a lot. It really helps you put things into perspective. “We can get things done and not be stressed when we feel peace and purpose in it.” Yes! I couldn’t agree more!

  4. I love this! Thanks so much for sharing. This is something I work on every day…being present. I work full-time in PR, teach a college journalism class, have a business as a certified health coach, teach group fitness classes, blog and I’m going through yoga teacher training.

    When I notice that I’m stressed about the future and anxious about my full schedule, I try to reframe my inner dialogue to “My life is full of exciting opportunities” or “I have abundance in so many areas of my life.”

    I also use guided hypnosis meditation. It’s really been helping me shift my mindset. This is my personal link to the site that I use: > bit.ly/happysara

    1. Your schedule sounds almost identical to what mine is right now! I love the inner dialogue that you use. I wrote it on a post-it to remind myself to use it! I am also looking into the site you suggested. It looks perfect for me. How much is it after the free trail?

  5. I love this and totally agree that it is a mindset. I find myself always moving to fast or have all these wandering thoughts. I have to remind myself daily to slow down and be in the moment. Thanks for sharing its good to be reminded of these things!

  6. This is so true, Abby!”Busy is a mindset.” I too decided to be more mindful during the day, more present and aware of my thoughts and actions. Your post is a great reminder to enjoy the present moment. Have a mindful day! 🙂

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