Daily Mindfulness Tips to Strengthen your Marriage
Some couples may hear the term “mindfulness” and think of it as complicated or impossible to practice regularly.
The fact of the matter is, at its core, mindfulness is just about paying attention to what’s going on around you. It’s the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis.
Here are some Tips to help you strengthen any relationship include your own with yourself.
Pay close attention to how your mind and body feel as soon as you wake up in the morning. If you wake up tired, not feeling well, stressed, take time to pause. Pray, meditate, stretch, listen to positive energy boosting music. Allow yourself time to shift the mood.
Practice mindful eating.
Make a conscious effort to slow down and savor your food and really enjoy what you made. Not only can this help you be more aware of what foods you are eating, but it is also an easy way to remind you to check in with your body and also check in with your partner enjoying a meal together.
Take time to connect with your partner.
I strongly encourage my couples to set aside time throughout each day to connect and practice mindful listening at least 30 minutes a day. Think about what your spouse is saying and resist expressing any judgment or opinion. Sometimes it’s more important just to listen and be present in the moment to validate their emotions.
Acknowledge all your emotions, even the most challenging ones.
Whether you are anxious, depressed, excited, or scared, turn towards that emotion, do not run from it. Look to your partner for comfort and focus on the present, rather than difficult moments. Acknowledge the emotion and spend time with it to figure out what is behind the emotional trigger. It could be something that was said, heard, read and you need to break it down.
When was the last time you thanked your other half? When was the last time you took a moment to be grateful for all that you have. Have you ever written down how much you love and appreciate each other? Try this at home. This daily practice helps to increase connection and satisfaction in your relationships.
Shift into a positive mindset.
If you and your spouse are struggling to communicate, try to zero in on your conscious behavioral and emotional awareness with a helpful cue. Ex: A coffee break, a stress ball, music, or a walk outside in crisp air. This changes the mindset and shifts it back to positivity.
Be Unapologetically You
Don’t apologize for who you are and whom you’ve become. You have and still are going through an incredible journey with your beautiful soul. Own it and don’t look back. Learn, Grown and Flourish and remove anything or anyone from your souls home that doesn’t make you sing.
Allow your thoughts to wander without criticism or judgment.
Practicing mindfulness every day can directly affect the health and happiness of your relationships. So, pay close attention to what’s going on around you, find new routines, and make a conscious effort to monitor your behavior. No matter how you choose to practice being mindful, your marriage is sure to benefit.
Contact me for more information about my Marriage Mindfulness Counselling.