I used to a victim of overthinking. I remember in my early years always thinking about thing’s haven’t happened yet, something in the past, or simply something I had zero control over. It wasn’t until I found meditation that I started focusing on mindful activities. Activities that keep me focus on the present moment.
Reading - Before my 30’s I’ve never read a book in my life. What I found is not only is reading a great way to gain knowledge and improve your vocabulary, but it is also a outstanding way to exercise your brain. When doing something like watching television it doesn’t actually require us to stay completely present. Reading however requires 100 percent focus.
Write - Writing is something I have always enjoyed doing. You may say to yourself I don’t what to write about? You can write about anything! Use your imagination 💭 or simply write down your thoughts.
Learn a instrument - I brought a flute a few months back and honestly I’m not very good at playing it. However music in general is healing.Learning how to create your own adds a extra later. Not to mention practicing improves my muscle memory.
Yoga - A movement based meditation practice. Yoga is one my favorite way’s to practice staying present. The best part about is, it’s completely free. All you need to a towel and maybe a yoga block.
Practice Gratitude - Every morning I step outside close my eyes and list as many thing’s as possible that I’m thankful for. This may not be a long practice but it’s wonderful.
Gardening - You may have heard that nature is healing. I find that to be true. For me there is no better way to spend time in nature then gardening 👨🌾 You take on the responsibility of taking care of living thing’s. You can do flowers or a assessment a vegetable and fruits whatever works best for you. It’s the beauty of the practice that matters.
Puzzle’s and Strategy board game’s - We all love games don’t we? I used to love video games. While some of them can be fun, they are nearly as beneficial as sitting down with a loved one or friend for a nice game of chess or trying to complete that 1000 piece puzzle.
What do all of these have in common? Two thing’s. One being they keep you in the present moment. Two none of these require technology. Technology can be a wonderful thing. However being on our cellphone, mobile Device’s, scrolling through social media, watching pointless or negative television it all messes with our minds. Most our thoughts come from what other people tell us. I’m not telling you to never watch television or quit social media but I am telling you to be mindful of the about the amount of time you spend doing it.