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Making TIME for Mindful March – Action for Happiness

February 28, 2023
Mindful in March

March is here and so too another calendar produced by Action for Happiness, filled with ideas of how we can be more Mindful in March. I’ve attached a copy at the end of the post that you can save for reference.

Do you find yourself often in a state of existing on ‘auto-pilot’?  Doing things without even realising you are doing them? When we are stressed or anxious or depressed or just wanting to cope with everyday life, the practice of being mindful can help.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is based on Buddhist meditation principles and has been used in treatment of depression.  It is a practice that helps you to focus and pay attention to what you are doing right now and noticing what you are experiencing at any given time.  Too often, we are worrying or caught up in a busy lifestyle without really experiencing life itself.

Benefits of Mindfulness

  • Mindfulness brings you ‘in the moment’
  • Helps you to clear your mind,
  • Teaches you to forget about the past or future and just appreciate the moment you are experiencing.
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Helps to slow down your thoughts
  • Helps you to focus
  • Aids relaxation
  • Improves immune system

Practice being Mindful

Several years ago, I took a course through futurelearn.com about Successful Ageing.  One of the topics covered is Strategies for managing fear and worry.  In this topic Mindfulness is discussed and Brian Lawlor, Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin.  Professor Lawlor explains how we can be start being mindful in everyday life.

Choose any of the activities mentioned below and see if you can remember to pay attention while you are doing it. You do not have to slow down or even enjoy it. Simply do what you normally do, but pay full attention to what you are doing, rather than getting caught up in thoughts, fears or worries. Notice all the bodily sensations.

  • Going up or down stairs or steps
  • Using the telephone
  • Brushing your teeth
  • Showering
  • Washing your hair
  • Eating

Every time you drift into thinking, just acknowledge that you have had a thought and then bring your attention back to noticing these sensations (e.g. your body on the chair, sounds in the room, the taste of what you are eating). Practising mindfulness over time reduces stress and gives people a better sense of control over their lives.

In one of my earlier episodes of the Women Living Well After 50 Podcast, I share some ideas for being in the moment and challenge for you to try them over the next week.  I also included a guided meditation for you to try.

You can find the link to the meditation HERE

Mindful March 2023 – Action for Happiness Calendar

Mindful March

I hope the calendar will help inspire you to take time each day to be present, to be mindful and to appreciate life.

Have a wonderful month!

Sue Loncaric

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way

8 Comments

  • Reply Toni Pike February 28, 2023 at 16:36

    Wonderful advice on mindfulness, Sue. I’ve started mindful meditation, and found it very calming.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 1, 2023 at 08:46

      I’m sure you find it very helpful, Toni especially if you’ve not been well lately. xx

  • Reply leannelc February 28, 2023 at 19:30

    What a lovely focus for March Sue – I like that the calendar has small but thoughtful ideas that enhance appreciating the good things in life and also sending positivity out into the world….. we need as much of that as possible!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 1, 2023 at 08:48

      It is just what I need Leanne as March is shaping up to be very busy with medical appointments and other ‘life’ things. I’ll need mindfulness each day to help. x

  • Reply Retirement Reflections March 1, 2023 at 09:30

    Hi, Sue – I love these calendars and appreciate that they are inspirational and doable at the same time. Your tips for practicing mindfulness were spot on. I will try it out when brushing my teeth tonight. <3

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 11, 2023 at 16:05

      I love them too and it is easy to share with everyone. I’m sure there are many who just need a little prod and the calendars are great daily reminders. x

  • Reply Susanne March 2, 2023 at 22:32

    Thanks so much for sharing this, Sue. I really needed this right now and what a lovely focus for the month. I’ve saved the graphic and will use it!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 11, 2023 at 16:10

      Hi Susanne, sorry for my late reply as I have been unwell. I’m glad you found the calendar useful and hope all is well with you. Take care xx

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