I Could Use a Little Help Being More Mindful

I could use a little help being more mindful, what about you?

I could use a little help being more mindful

I could use a little help being more mindful, what about you?

Could it be coincidence or is there some reason the word mindfulness keeps popping up in my path by the way of articles, blog posts, and in my email? I think not. Apparently, I could use a little help being more mindful myself. Maybe this will benefit some of you too.

Recently, I’ve found myself rushing through so many things in life, I feel like I’ve just got to pack it all in in the least amount of time. Let’s face it, if you follow me long, you know I do not sit still. I’m doing great things, yes and while I know my running is strictly for my benefit, I feel like I’ve almost lost touch with some of the very reasons I turned to running in the first place. Mar’s challenge she introduced (#14daysofself) really hit home with me and I felt so strongly about what she’s doing that I wanted to wholeheartedly follow her lead with a series of posts related to her theme self-care.

I could use a little help being more mindful
In today’s post, I’m sharing my research with you about what being mindful is and why so many articles say we should practice it. I’ll let that sink in and save the how to practice being mindful for another post.
Before we get into being mindful let’s talk about something that hits home with me, being mindlessness.

Do you find yourself doing mindless tasks?

I find myself all the time, driving and reaching my destination and not remembering the things I passed to get there. I also will sit down to eat a meal, grab my plate and my phone or magazine and before I know it my plate is empty. I love food and I find all too often that I  didn’t enjoy one single bite! Does this sound like you too? These are some examples of mindlessness.
We often are too busy juggling work, home, kids and yes even the demanding training schedule and we loose awareness of the present moments. We fail to “stop and smell the roses”, we fail to really listen to our spouse or our kids, we fail to see the signs our bodies are giving us and we fail to see what we are blessed to have. What does all this do to us? It allows negativity to creep in, it makes us overreact, it stresses us out, it makes relationships difficult and it can even make us physically sick!
I could use a little help being more mindful

What is mindfulness?

By definition: Mindfulness is:
1. the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
2. a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
Mindfulness is a way to see clearly what is going on in our lives. It may not take away the trials and tribulations, but can help us respond to them in a more positive calmer manner. Being mindful benefits our body, mind and soul.

Why we should practice being more mindful?

It can help with so many things. There are countless articles that promote using mindfulness to help with disorders like anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders and depression.
What else can it help with?
  • Being more mindful may help you to be happier in life
  • It helps you to deal with life’s problems with a clearer mind, make better decisions
  • It makes pleasures even more pleasurable
  • People who practice mindfulness often find that they are less likely to worry about the future or regret the past.
I hope you’ll make it a point to check back with me and see how I may be incorporating being more mindful in my life and maybe get some suggestions for yourself.
For more information and some of the resources you may want to go read the entire articles at
You can always do a Google search just like I did, you’ll find there is a sea of information on this very subject.
I’d like to note:
I am not, in no way a mental health specialist, I’m not a wellness coach and don’t have any certifications related to this subject, period. I am merely compiling some of my own research I found on the subject as it relates to me. If, however; you are looking to hire a health coach, please visit my friend, Mar’s health coaching site at: CoachMar.org. I’m sure she can give you professional help if that might be what you are seeking. 🙂
Do you consider yourself mindful most of the time?
Do you set aside time for yourself? Mornings, during the day, or at night?
How do you unwind after a stressful day?
Off subject question: If you had one extra hour in the day without obligation, what would you do with that hour?
I’d love to hear your thoughts.


  1. I really need to work on being more mindful. As we speak, I’m waiting for United to call me…apparently I booked the wrong flight to Florida next month. What was I thinking? Apparently, I wasn’t.
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  2. I’d read. I love books and losing myself in someone else’s story. I’m trying to be more mindful of my eating and of what I am spending my time on so that I can have that time to “waste” each day.
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  3. Love that you are exploring this topic for yourself. I do think the concept of mindfulness is SO important to your overall well-being. Thank you again for the shout out 🙂
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    • Mar I know the importance of self-care, but I don’t always practice it like I should. Proablly like a lot of things, we know that are good for us but don’t take the time to do it. I’m so glad you came up with this challenge we all can benefit from it and so far it has made me take some time no make some time for me. I can’t thank you enough for that!
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  4. I’m pretty good about being mindful in most things. Food is not one of them. Since I’ve been working on the drop10 thing, I’ve become more mindful and it’s wonderful. Still hard to stick with though. Great food for thought here!
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    • Oh gosh, Marcia, it is so hard to do. I can sit down with friends and really focus on them but when I’m alone and eat I feel like I must be getting something else done therefore I don’t realize the triggers my belly tells my brain until I’ve ate too much! We’ll get there, you’re doing great and hey we got to have a life especially on the weekends right?
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