Mindfulness is definitely the DBT skill that I struggle with the most, even after a few years I can’t seem to get the hang of it. So around the end of February I figured I should spend a month paying extra attention to my mindfulness and working on it each day, no matter what. So far it’s gone pretty well, though I’m a still a bit disappointed that I’m still having troubles with it, I am glad that it is becoming more of a habit.
I came across this Mindfulness tracker on Lindsay Braman’s site and fell in love with it, and thought it would be a good way to add some extra mindfulness into each day, aside from homework and exercises, etc. It’s pretty simple, and that’s what I love about it. At the end of each day I take a few minutes to relax and think about things I saw, heard, felt, tasted & smelled during the span of my day. The first week or so was a bit tough, and I had a hard time remembering what I’d experienced during the day. But after the first week it was a lot easier and quicker to fill out.
Another thing I’ve been doing is taking at least 5 minutes out of my day, usually in the afternoon, where I sit or lay down and practice mindfulness. Sometimes I go through some of my books and find a practice to try, other times I listen to some Mindfulness guided meditation (either through an app or on youtube, etc). It’s still taking some getting used to, but I think I am slowly getting better as the month goes on.
I am actually enjoying my Mindful March so far, and I think I’ll actually carry on with my Mindful Life tracker into April, along with making sure to practice Mindfulness in other ways each day. I really enjoy having a certain theme to my month, especially if it’s something that helps me out considerably in the long run. Taking the time to plan spreads doesn’t seem like a waste of time if it’s helping my personal growth!