Mindfulness

How An Unhealthy Obsession Inspired My Mindfulness Journey

The reason I got started with mindfulness? Because I realized my mind wasn't in a good place. Here's how an unhealthy obsession with 'being healthy' led me to prioritize mental wellness and start my personal mindfulness journey.

Though I talk a lot about mindfulness here on The Blissful Mind, I’ve never shared with you how I started to live more mindfully in the first place. You see,  I haven’t always been a mindful person, nor did I become a mindful person overnight. In fact, there’s a slightly unusual reason I became more focused on my own mental wellness.

Today, I’m sharing my mindfulness journey in hopes that it might help you to a) feel less alone in whatever you’re going through and b) recognize how important a healthy mindset is. Watch the video below to see how an *innocent* obsession turned into a wake up call.


My Mindfulness Journey

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In Summary:
  • In college, I went through a period of being way more concerned with the health of my body (okay, the shape of my body) that led to an obsession with being ‘healthy’
  • I realized that even though my body looked healthy, my mind was not healthy
  • I started discovering ways to have a healthier mind: dealing with anxiety and stress, thoughts about myself and others, and focusing on valuing myself
  • This natural transition from focusing on physical wellness to mental wellness led me to learn more about mindfulness
  • Since then, I’ve been a huge mindfulness enthusiast, and The Blissful Mind was created to help others have healthier mindsets (learn more about working with me here)
Lessons Learned From Mindfulness:
  • Mindfulness is not a destination, it will always be a journey
  • Mindfulness means finding ways to feel content with your life, no matter where you are
  • Mindfulness can help you feel calmer and offers a tool to prevent you from feeling overwhelmed by your emotions, anxiety, thoughts, etc.
  • Mindfulness helps you find peace with your thoughts, feelings, and worries, whilst feeling confident that you have the ability and strength to do whatever you set your mind to
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Final Thoughts:

I hope this post has helped you see that mental wellness can be a priority for everyone, and I encourage you to think about how mindfulness might be able to improve your own mental wellness. Mindfulness is not the cure-all for your problems. It won’t make your problems go away, but it will help you in the way you respond to them. Stay tuned because next week I’ll be sharing all I know about mindfulness and how YOU can get started yourself.


Question: Do you have a mindfulness journey? How has mindfulness helped you?


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Catherine Beard

Hi, I’m Catherine! I’m the mindset coach and writer behind The Blissful Mind. Whether you’re trying to reduce stress, slow down, or feel more content, I’m here to help make life a little calmer.

11 Comments

  1. What a wonderful post!

    I had the same realization – my emphasis was too much on my physical health rather than overall well-being. I’ve been trying to be mindful and give my body a break whenever I need it, which means I don’t always make it to the gym but I instead go home and do a yoga session! It feels like nice but I’m still working on the mind part and not feeling guilty for not going to the gym.

    http://www.elleisforlove.com

    1. Yes, absolutely!! I think mindfulness has helped me to be more intuitive with my approach to fitness and see what my body really needs on any given day. Sometimes it’s something slow-paced and other times it’s high intensity xo

  2. Love this. Completely agree about mental wellness is priority. I have been meditating for about 2 months and feel it is the best thing I’m doing for myself right now. Keep writing and talking about it!!

  3. Your story is so inspiring, thanks for sharing! I find my body has become healthier once I started mastering my inner mean girl and getting more aware of my own thoughts. It’s not just about eating healthier or exercising more. A mindful way of life helps you reduce stress and worry, which has a positive impact on every aspect of your life.

  4. I’m still at the beginning of my mindfulness journey so it’s really reassuring to hear your journey. I started mindfullness because I found myself increasingly pessimistic about situations and the smallest inconvenience would annoy be. I want to change this, change my mindset, my outlook and my reactions.

    Steph x
    http://www.wanderlustpulse.com

  5. I started my mindfulness journey in college as well! Now that I’m working full time & I have a lot more stress/anxiety I believe it is even more important that I continue to work on my mindfulness. You’re so right, it’s important to have a healthier mind. We think about our body’s health, but the health of our mind is equally as important. Loved your video!

    Stephanie
    lifestylebystephanie.com

    1. Thanks so much for sharing, Stephanie! I agree that working full time creates a lot more anxiety. I’m so glad I found mindfulness in college so that I could use what I learned as soon as I entered the working world.

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