Mindfulness exercises are a very powerful tool to use, especially during stressful times as we are going through now; and one thing that I like to use to help calm the spirit and body is water. Water brings peace to the soul and brings the brain to a meditative, calm state. Did you know that water can help you relax, and if you allow it, can even get you to sleep?
Mindfulness of water can help you get to the meditative state even if you can’t get to the ocean or body of water physically. Even a simple thing as being mindful when you wash the dishes. Focus on the water sound, how it feels when it’s hitting your skin, the temperature, this daily task can make you feel relaxed. Water has a calming effect on your mind, allowing you to go into a meditative state.
Tools to Use
I like using a sound machine when I have a hard time getting to sleep. I put my sound machine on the ocean sound. When the waves roll in and when they roll out that relaxing sound that repeats can get most people to sleep. Many people when coming home or if you are at home and have a stressful day, a bath or shower makes one relax. It not only brings stress relief to your body but also to your brain.
I haven’t done this yet, but do still want to invest in a fountain that trickles down water to use inside or if I find a larger one then I can put it on my screened-in porch.
What I Miss the Most
I am a travel blogger, so travel to me is not only something I have enjoyed all my life, but it is also what I do for a living. When everything hit our world like the Coronavirus, all of that came to a complete halt. I am not sure when, or if, it will return fully to what it was like before, to be honest; but I can still dream of past trips and trips to come.
This is why I am grateful to have photos and memories of places I have visited, especially of places in the past year my family and I have visited near bodies of water. I literally revisit these places in my thoughts; I try to recreate the atmosphere and sometimes the dishes so I can go to my happy place.
How to Find Out More
If you don’t know much about Mindfulness and want to learn about it and/or how water can calm your spirit, there are many books and YouTube videos on the subject. Some that have been suggested to me are listed below. Also, it’s great to have Audible to listen to the books at home if you would rather listen to an audiobook rather than reading it. Either way, it’s worth learning about Mindfulness. This practice has helped me through some very stressful times in my life.
Photos and Videos of Bodies of Water
Above and below are some photos and videos of water that my family and I have enjoyed from our travels. I hope you will get some enjoyment from these photos and videos too. And once this virus is under control, I hope you get to visit some of the places that my family and I have enjoyed over the years.
Stay safe! Let me know if you practice Mindfulness and share what ways help you through stressful times.
Let me know if you have been to any of the places above and where some of your favorite beaches or bodies of water are located.