The Art of Equanimity: Tips for Balance and Calm
In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to become distressed and overwhelmed. The demands of work, relationships, and daily life can weigh heavily on us, leading to stress and anxiety. However, the practice of mindfulness can help us connect with the present moment, cultivate a peaceful mind, and achieve equanimity. In this blog post, we will give you some mindful tips for achieving a sense of balance and calm in your daily life.
Mindfulness is all about being present in the moment, so begin by finding a quiet space where you can sit or lie down. Close your eyes and take slow deep breaths, feeling your belly rise and fall. Focus your attention on your breath, allowing any thoughts or feelings to come and go without judgement. Practising mindfulness for a few minutes each day can help you become more centred and calm.
Gratitude is a powerful emotion that can help shift our focus from what we lack to what we have. Take a few moments each day to list things you are grateful for, such as good health, supportive friends and family, or a comfortable home. This practice can help you appreciate the positive aspects of your life, leading to greater joy and contentment.
Let go of expectations
Often, we become stressed and anxious when our expectations aren’t met. Whether it’s a missed deadline at work or a disagreement with a loved one, we can’t control everything that happens to us. Instead of dwelling on what went wrong, focus on what you can do to improve the situation. By letting go of expectations, you’ll be better equipped to handle life’s challenges with equanimity.
Connect with nature
Spending time in nature has been shown to reduce stress levels and improve our mood. Take a walk in the woods, go for a swim in the ocean, or simply sit in a park and soak up the sun. By allowing yourself to be surrounded by the beauty of nature, you’ll be better able to appreciate the present moment and achieve a sense of equanimity.
Take care of yourself
It’s important to take care of yourself both physically and mentally. This means getting plenty of rest, eating healthy foods, and exercising regularly. It also means taking time for self-care activities such as meditation, reading a good book, or taking a soothing bath. By prioritising your own needs, you’ll be better able to show up for your loved ones and lead a more balanced life.
Achieving equanimity is possible with a little effort and a lot of mindfulness. By practising gratitude, letting go of expectations, connecting with nature, and taking care of yourself, you’ll be better able to achieve a state of balance and calm. Remember, it’s not about being perfect or having all the answers, but rather about being gentle with yourself and finding peace in the present moment. Start incorporating these mindful tips into your daily routine and notice how they transform your life.
Want to know more? Discover more about the benefits of scientific mindfulness meditation in Dr. Elise Bialylew’s book The Happiness Plan 💛
"If we wish to be healthy, happy and clear-minded, we need to upgrade our “inner technology”of attention to meet the demands of our increasingly complex world. That's where mindfulness comes in.."
- DR ELISE BIALYLEW
about the HOST AND FOUNDER OF
MINDFUL IN MAY:
DR ELISE BIALYLEW
Elise Bialylew is the author of the bestselling book, The Happiness Plan, and founder of Mindful in May, the world’s largest online global mindfulness fundraising campaign.
A doctor trained in psychiatry, turned social entrepreneur and mindfulness expert, she’s passionate about supporting individuals and organisations to develop inner tools for greater wellbeing and flourishing, and offers workshops and training at The Mind Life Project.
Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, New York Times and on Australian Television. She was recently recognised by the Australian Financial Review as a 2019 AFR Women of Influence.
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