How DIY Is a Form of Mindfulness
If you’re a person that spends a lot of time on the internet chances are you’ve come across the notion of mindfulness in some form or another: articles, pictures, apps that could help you get into the practice. You name it and it’s probably there.
The point is that it’s easy to become saturated by the concept even when it’s only a part of your life through the stories you’ve heard about it. But you shouldn’t be too eager to dismiss mindfulness altogether because of one or two poorly written pieces you’ve glanced over on your commute to work, for instance.
Don’t be so quick to just shuffle through things. Take the time to improve your knowledge and your abilities to deal with different sets of circumstances. This is how you ultimately become a full and well-rounded person.
Become more mindful with DIY around the house
If you’re as busy as everybody else seems to be these days, chances are that at some point you’ve craved the feeling of having everything that’s going on around you stop so you can disconnect for a bit.
Unfortunately, that’s not something that any of us can do. What you can do instead is to press pause on your involvement with the world around and focus on yourself for a bit.
More and more research points out that exercising mindfulness is a great way for people to control stress and anxiety. In addition to this, learning to be present in the moment, as the core principle of mindfulness encourages, improves your capacity to focus and boosts your creativity.
In a day and age when people like to keep busy at all times, a great number of individuals have a hard time justifying spending time with themselves for themselves, so they usually engage in a side project of some sort.
If you can relate to those people that worry they wouldn’t be able to practice mindfulness because they know they can’t sit still for long, there are alternatives for you too.
Remember that DIY home project you wanted to put together long ago but never found the motivation to do it? Start assembling now. Take the chance to focus on a singular activity in order to make it more easier to be present in the moment.
The main idea would be for you to try to really study the ensemble of an object you would otherwise look at, use or pass by every day without putting that much thought into it.
However, you shouldn’t be too harsh on yourself if your mind does end up wandering, instead you should be trying to pull yourself back to being observant of the things in your immediate closeness.
Therefore, if you’re building a new coffee table for your living room, try to keep your thoughts focused on that. More precisely, take in the dimensions of the object, its texture, its colors and how they add to the feeling of the room. You can even go a step further and start envisioning the little things you will decorate it with.
Tinkering with your phone
If you don’t feel like messing around with your furniture, maybe pick up your phone and see how you can maximize its performance. You’d like that for yourself, wouldn’t you? You just never set some time apart for you to do it.
Give it a try, turn off your device and start disassembling it.
For your DIY to be a successful attempt at practicing mindfulness is important for your thoughts to remain attached to the one activity you’ve committed to doing.
Thus, you can begin to really look at how the components of your phone fit together. You can also research the pieces online and find out more about them. The trick is to stick to your DIY endeavor only and not let yourself get lost scrolling through things that have nothing to do with it.
The criteria for measuring your success in doing this is fairly simple: if you started your DIY mindfulness practice by looking up iPhone battery replacement and ended up watching cute pet videos, you failed.
Admittedly, they both add up in their unique ways to your personal values, but when trying to be mindful, you should stick to taking the time to explore one thing at a time.
Also, if it’s your first attempt at practicing mindfulness, you should know that forcing it is counterproductive. Start by being completely engulfed in your DIY activity for 15 minutes, and work your way up from there.
For that time specifically, allow yourself to be solely preoccupied with the specific characteristics of your phone battery, for instance. Research your specific model and stock up on some precious knowledge. You never know when it will come in handy.
Then switch your focus to how the battery feels at the touch, investigate its weight and analyze its dimensions in comparison to the rest of the phone. Keep it as simple as possible. After all, there is no immediate pressure on you to perform repairs on your phone. You can just take a more attentive look at how something you’ve become so accustomed to functions.
Take a step back from all those life issues that weigh you down so heavily. And if sitting crisscrossed on the floor and breathing in and out makes you feel silly, grab your phone instead and see what’s going on inside it. For anything you can’t figure out on your own, we got you covered.😁