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Small Causes, Big Effects – Nerdful Mind #140

September 18, 2022 by Simon Mannes

I've mentioned mini check-ins before.

They are a way to incorporate mindfulness in your day more easily and without taking much time.

The most important person for you to take care of is yourself. Even if you take care of someone else, if you don't take care of yourself you won't be able to do that for very long.

And how can you take care of yourself if you don't even ask yourself how you are?

Check-ins need two ingredients to work:

  • A trigger. This can be any action you take throughout the day, like turning on a screen, making yourself a coffee, washing your hands, ….
  • A mindful check-in. You could simply ask yourself “how am I feeling?” Or you could do a body scan, or look for regular themes in your thoughts. Anything that connects you with yourself.

Why is this effective?

  • Takes you back into the moment
  • Makes you check in with your mind and body
  • Helps you practice mindfulness even when busy
“Forgiveness isn’t just the absence of anger. I think it’s also the presence of self-love, when you actually begin to value yourself.” — Tara Westover

Reading Recommendations

Mindfulness as a Foundation for Health | Thich Nhat Hanh [VIDEO]

¶Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh (known as Thay in his circles) made a rare visit to the Googleplex to lead a half-day Health@Google workshop in the fundamentals of mindfulness”

How to Reclaim the Power Absorbed by Anxiety

“Countless hours of scrolling and consuming social media posts became her norm. This pattern generated a false sense of connection to others. She gravitated towards articles and posts that focused on mental health and self-diagnosing. Most of these posts only seemed to trigger fear and fuel anxiety, rather than provide comfort.”

Git is simply too hard

“Git is actually sooo hard. Not just to learn, but also to use consistently. And I say that as a person who used it for probably over ten years. Here’s my thoughts on the matter.”

Weekly Mindfulness Practice

Simple: try out the check-ins above for a few days and see how that makes you feel.

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PS: What do you think about this? Please hit reply and let me know. I’m curious!