The Chaos Descends

February: Mindfulness 
Goals: Meditate, Journal, Reframe

This month, I skipped the obvious lovey dovey theme and instead decided to focus on my mental and emotional well-being. The universe must have heard my call, and decided I was up to the challenge, because chaos immediately descended. Or the appearance of chaos, at least.

The key to dealing with chaos? Mindfulness.

Mindfulness is just a fancy, academic term for being grounded; for taking what comes and remaining in the present moment. I suck at it. When stress arises, I tend to get pulled between the "what ifs" and the "back thens" leaving no room for the right now. It completely wrecks my day. Anxiety over the past and future is a normal human reaction to stress, but it isn't constructive. In fact, it's quite the opposite. My mother phrases it so much better than me: "if you have one foot in the present, and one in the past, you're gonna piss all over today". She's right.

If mindfulness is the key to chaos, then how can we better practice mindfulness? I don't know that I have the answer, but I can say that meditation, journaling, and reframing are all practices that have been shown to help. I hope by the end of the month I will have some more definitive answers.

Here's to trying!

- Tiffany

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