Helpful Hints For a More Mindful Life

Yoga4 Yoga1Yoga3Yoga5Call me crazy but over the past few months I’ve started having these weird thoughts that health & fitness might just be a little bit more than looking good and feeling great. I know I know, I’m not sure what’s gotten in to me but walk with me for a minute here.

I was at the peak of physical health, Spirulina for breakfast? Sure! 6am workouts? I’ll take three! It’s safe to say I was living well but I soon found out I was also living ignorant. I had ignored one of the biggest aspects to come under the heading of “living well”, my mind. Because lefts face it, mindfulness is for hippies and tree huggers, no? What a ridiculous thought train I had.

With my ignorance (mostly) behind me I’ve put together some tips to help you on your health kick which maybe won’t necessarily make you sweat.


Notice your breathing

One of the first things I would lose control of was my breathing, it just wouldn’t settle. It felt panicked, rushed and quite scary. I first learnt how to control my breathing during yoga classes and from there I moved to meditation as well as actively searching out breathing exercises online. Belly breathing (isn’t the word belly just so hilarious) has been a life saver for me, when I feel the familiar sensations of stress, anxiety and panic I take myself away, lay down and take deep breaths filling my belly with air, not my diaphragm, and I do this until I begin to feel at ease again. Sometimes even when I’m not panicked, I like spend a little time focusing on my breathing.



Be aware of life. It sounds so simple, yet we simply just forget to stop, look around us, feel and experience right now. Everyone is striving for success that it’s so easy to neglect the one thing that’s gonna get you there, YOU! Time is precious I know, but what will it cost you to really enjoy your lunch today, notice the taste, texture and feelings throughout. Or to feel for just a few moments, how truly great and uplifted you feel after today’s workout. As silly and new age hippy as all this sounds but don’t just live life, feel every moment of it too!


Time Management

I really thought I was the master of this, at one point I was in full time employment and running essentially a full time blog.  I was bossing the back door off of time management. Why? Because my time was planned to the millisecond, I knew when I had to be there, how long I had there, how long it would be to complete the work, what time I had to leave,  train delays? No bother, I’ll leg it home!

In reality, the real masters of time management are the ones who do it all and still have time left over to just be.  Sometimes I just roll out the yoga mat, lay on it with Lumi and reflect on that day for 5 minutes.


Be Positive

The saying goes “You can’t live a positive life with a negative mind.” so take control of your thought process and ensure you are conscious of how you think on a daily basis. It’s so easy to let the poison that is, self doubt infiltrate our minds, wreaking havoc with our goals, aspirations and plans. These are just thoughts, they aren’t reality you don’t need to believe them!


I hope you have enjoyed these tips & hints, if you have any of your own please do leave them below!



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  1. Charlotte 4th February 2015 / 3:05 pm

    Fab thoughts Lydia – I need to take some of these on board as currently with working full time, blogging, getting work done on the house, managing housework and trying to plan a wedding I never have any time for myself to just relax anymore, I haven’t even had the time lately to exercise recently, so I need to take a step back in some places to and stop obsessing and worrying over everything and chill out – then maybe I will get some sleep lol. So thank you for the inspiration to try and slow down and appreciate life a little bit more! xxx

    • lydia 4th February 2015 / 3:32 pm

      Thanks Charlotte! You are one busy lady, remember to take care of yourself! x

    • Kirsty 2nd December 2015 / 6:18 pm

      Experiencing all this at the moment too! It’s mad how you forget to stop and simply give yourself time to breath. Its 6:15pm here, i’ve just finished a 11 hour working day. I still need to do the food shop, clean, make dinner, shower, sort my blog, plan future content and sort out my things for tomorrow. All thats going through my body though is a scream for sleep.

      I’m just done, can’t wait for the Christmas holidays.

      Hope that you feel better, wedding is going/gone well and you’ve taken time out!


  2. janelle 4th February 2015 / 3:22 pm

    why are you getting your hair cut short? how short are we talking?

    • lydia 4th February 2015 / 3:32 pm

      Hey Janelle,
      I’m not going short, but I am going shorter. It’s too long and I look like a child from behind, I want to look a little bit more sophisticated. However all this aside I will probably bottle it last minute haha!!


  3. Weronika 4th February 2015 / 3:50 pm

    I really like your posts! When are you planning to do another youtube mothly favourites? I have watched all your videos! 🙂 xxx

    • lydia 4th February 2015 / 3:52 pm

      Hey hun! I’m hoping to get a lot more structured and organised with regards to my YT over the next few weeks, But I have a new video going live on Sunday which is a big Hair & Beauty Haul! 🙂

  4. meg Lewis 4th February 2015 / 4:21 pm

    Loving your posts at the moment Lydia! Really inspiring and helping me get back on track with health and fitness. Just started watching your youtube video and its brilliant! xxx

  5. Liz S. 4th February 2015 / 4:52 pm

    Love this! Optimal wellbeing definitely involves mindfulness – not just physical fitness. Thank you for sharing these tips!

  6. kate 4th February 2015 / 7:59 pm

    Oh gosh, the third picture is the most beautiful pic I’ve seen in my life, you are a marvellous woman. I love your blog, it’s very inspirational.

  7. Shelby 4th February 2015 / 8:30 pm

    Thank you for sharing! I was a part of the fitness industry thing for a while and noticed that no matter how “healthy” you were being, the whole industry can be so destructive to your mind. It became an unhealthy obsession, so I left. I have recently embarked on my own journey of healthy balance (mind, body, soul) and I can’t begin to describe the difference it makes when you nourish the purest part of you! Thank you for recognizing this, you are amazing and truly an inspiration to me 🙂

  8. lisa 4th February 2015 / 8:43 pm

    Brilliantly written, Lydia! Taking care of ourselves, no matter what – is number one priority! Your blog post has brought me down a peg or two and reminded me to practice mindfulness once again… Starting… Right… Now! 🙂

  9. Racheal 5th February 2015 / 2:30 am

    I think being mindful definitely is something many more people need to work on. Like many us we think that being mindful is something that it actually isn’t. I appreciate that you give this reminder or introduction to mindfulness and how we can incorporate small doses into our days/lives. I’m currently working on my Time management which I think is key in having a mindful life. Having control of your time works well to allow mindfulness throughout your day without feeling like you have forgotten a task that you needed to get done.

  10. purelytwins 5th February 2015 / 12:28 pm

    great tips!! we are working on staying positive more and doing better job of time management!

  11. leanne w 5th February 2015 / 9:51 pm

    What a beautiful post, I’ve recently been enjoying the simple things, life is all around us but sometimes its easy to neglect the little and simple things around us daily.

  12. Lisa 8th February 2015 / 4:21 am

    When are you cutting your hair?? I can’t wait to see it! Please post pictures ASAP 😉

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