Do you feel like you live your life on autopilot, not fully aware of what you’re doing? Take a minute and reflect: Do you remember your commute this morning, or actually tasting your lunch? In our stressful, hectic lives, it’s quite common to find ourselves routinely going through the motions, simply trying to get it all done. What’s more, the things we’re most likely to notice — those that temporarily snap us out of cruise-control — tend to be negative! The traffic jam or the meeting where a colleague was rude are the types of moments that stick out in our minds and impact our moods long after the moments have passed.
Imagine what would happen if we could more fully experience the moments in our days that actually make us feel good. To experience being more present during the day, try this exercise:
What Difference Does it Make?
When we begin to notice these little positive moments in our daily lives, we are training our brains to come off autopilot. Though we can’t necessarily influence traffic jams or predict when our coworkers are going to have bad days, we can absolutely change the way we interact in our daily lives so that we actually notice more than just those negative things. As a bonus, we also may learn more about what we truly enjoy during the course of our days and gain more appreciation for the people and circumstances around us that bring us feelings of joy, love, and peace.
To learn more mindfulness tips and gain greater personal insight, consider contacting your local installation Community Counseling Program or the DSTRESS Line (CONUS: 877.476.7734/OCONUS: 098.970.7734).
Today more than ever, Marines need to be resilient as we take on new responsibilities, learn new skills, and do more with less.
Are you tired of the daily grind? You do not have to let stress and negative thoughts dominate your life. The trick is practicing mindfulness.
Resiliency isn’t found in a bottle. The Marine Corps offers several resources for dealing with stress that don’t involve turning to substances.