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5 things to do this week if you’d like a calmer, quieter mind

by Andy Puddicombe

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1. Get some Headspace
When the mind is very busy and constantly lost in thought, it’s difficult to feel at ease and to see things clearly. In these situations, life can feel confusing and stressful. So why not kick-off the week by reaffirming your commitment to learn meditation.

2. Reassess your perspective
It’s surprisingly easy to develop an unhealthy attitude toward life. But it’s important to acknowledge that this is simply a habit, built up over time. You’re not obliged to continue feeling this way, and by simply acknowledging how you view life, the habit can often begin to unwind. In fact it’s possible to realign your perspective altogether. Is there a better day to start doing this than today?

3. Let go of old baggage
How much of the past are you carrying around on your shoulders? Wouldn’t it be nice to put it all down and move on? Living life in the present, being more mindful, means that rather than dwelling on the past or projecting into the future, you are better able to enjoy the here and now. So try putting that old baggage down and see how it feels, whether it’s from last year, last month, last week or from just over the weekend. Start this week afresh.

4. Take time to smell the roses
Appreciating the little things in life really can make all the difference (like the sun finally making an appearance). Life gets heavy when we spend too much time thinking about what we want and what we haven’t got, rather than being grateful for all the things we have. So commit to appreciating at least three mall things each day this week. Write them down in a diary each evening if it helps.

5. Find a sense of play
When did life get so serious? Responsibilities, commitments and an over-full diary can easily leave you feeling despondent and in need of a lift. So this week, find a way to inject some fun in to your life. Maybe it’s a new hobby, spending time with friends, or even just watching a great comedy. Whatever it is, there’s nothing like laughter to bring some lightness into your life.

Andy Puddicombe

Andy Puddicombe is a meditation and mindfulness expert. An accomplished presenter and writer, Andy is the voice of all things Headspace. In his early twenties, midway through a university degree in Sports Science, Andy made the unexpected decision to travel to the Himalayas to study meditation instead. It was the beginning of a ten-year journey which took him around the world, culminating with ordination as a Tibetan Buddhist monk in Northern India. His transition back to lay life in 2004 was no less extraordinary. Training briefly at Moscow State Circus, he returned to London where he completed a degree in Circus Arts with the Conservatoire of Dance and Drama, whilst drawing up the early plans for what was later to become Headspace.