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How to Be Mindful at the Beach

Mark Coleman

"One of the reasons we love the seaside is that so many things invite us into the present moment: the sound of waves crashing on the shore, the flight of sea gulls, the moist, salty air and the feel of sand between our toes."

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  2. Away from the bed: If you are unable to sleep, try to change your place, as the bed has to be associated with sleep.
  3. Sleep apps don’t work: Sleep apps are not to be relied on for sleeping, and one should cultivate our own body to be able to sleep without any aid like sleep apps or even sleeping pills.
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  1. Eliminate distractions, like your smartphones or tablets, that hinder sleep by their radiation, constant notifications and the blue light they emit.
  2. Don’t pressure yourself to sleep and instead focus on calming your mind and practicing mindfulness and relaxed breathing.
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  4. Select your groceries with care, understanding their ingredients, and see if you are buying animal products that can be avoided.
  5. Pay gratitude to the fact that you have an abundance of food and so many choices.
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Solitude
  • Schedule a date with yourself, a time when you don’t need to meet anyone else’s requests, and do something that feeds your mind and spirit. 
  • Sit in nature and let yourself simply be.
  • Be your own best friend. 
  • Repeat some positive affirmations that help you feel present, peaceful, and empowered.
Connection
  • Tell the truth in your relationships. 
  • Catch critical, blaming, or self-victimizing thoughts. 
  • Have fun with someone you love. Forget about everything that feels like a problem and do something silly and childlike.
  • Ask a friend to join a yoga studio with you, or invite them to jog with you on the beach.