How to Create Mindful Moments: The Futur's Finds

What does it mean to be in the moment?

For this week's list, we want to shed light on a topic we believe is vital for everyone to practice: mindfulness. If you've enjoyed our mindset-related content, this list is full of tips, resources, and guidance to help you understand mindfulness and what it means to be present.

If you missed last week's list on creative culture, just click here to catch up.

Here's to another week, and being a little more kind to our minds:

A look inside The Five Minute Journal.

Book of the week

The Five Minute Journal - We've touched on the benefits of journaling before, and this week, we encourage you to give it another go. The Five Minute Journal offers a simple way to be aware of your thoughts, and shape them towards self-improvement and positivity.


Get moving

  • If you find yourself sitting at your computer all day, there's a good chance you're experiencing a bit more back pain than usual. Give these spinal articulation exercises a try, and strengthen and mobilize your back.
  • We all get stressed, so it's important to check in on ourselves throughout the day and take a deep breath. Try any one of these 9 yoga poses for stress relief any time you need it.


Go off-screen

Want to pick up a new skill? Learn the basics of woodworking and spark up some inspiration for those home DIY projects you've been meaning to try.

A sample illustration from Lake: Coloring Books on the Apple app store.

Apps to check out

  • Let your imagination run wild and color to your heart's content with the Lake: Coloring Books app. Download the app here.
  • Skeptical about meditation? Find calmness, stillness, and moments of clarity with guided meditations from 10% Happier Meditation app. Download it here.


Listen while you work

Podcasts

  • Get your Daily Shine every weekday with this meditation podcast. Set an intention for each day, and learn to manage your stress and anxieties as they come. Follow The Daily Shine on Spotify.
  • The practice of Stoicism is fairly new to the mainstream, though it's been around for centuries. If you want to learn how Stoics lean on this intriguing philosophy to guide their lives, listen to The Daily Stoic on Spotify.

Music


Articles worth the read

  • If you've ever felt burnout before, you're not alone. And with teams being more distributed than ever, it can be hard to avoid. This article from Headspace details how practicing mindfulness can prevent fatigue and burnout.
  • Your mind and body are connected. That's why you may feel a knot in your stomach, or your nerves jittering when you're stressed. But did you know stress can affect your gut? Read this article from Bulletproof on how to keep your stress and gut health in check.

Close up of muffins from Sally's Baking Addiction.

Meals to make

  • What if there was one muffin batter to rule them all? Well, there is. Get the recipe for Infinite Muffin Batter and get baking!
  • For those who love soup, but can't eat it in the heat of the summer, give this Summer Gazpacho a try. It's the chilled soup that will keep you cool and satisfied.
  • Who doesn't love a meal that's hearty, delicious, and ready in 30 minutes? Try this 1-Pan Salmon Red Curry for the Thai-inspired dish you didn't know you needed.


What to watch

  • BoJack Horseman, a washed-up, 90's sitcom star is living in the dimmed afterglow of his fame. As he tries to get his life together, things only seem to get worse for him. Throughout the six seasons of this Emmy-nominated Netflix series, the punchlines get less funny, and excruciatingly real. Stream BoJack Horseman on Netflix.
  • What's really going on inside your head? For Riley, her five main emotions—Joy, Anger, Sadness, Disgust, and Fear—help get her through all the highs and lows of being an 11-year-old. Inside Out (2015), the Oscar-winning Pixar film, is the clever, creative, and heartfelt story of our emotions and how they shape our memories, behaviors, and day-to-day. Add Inside Out (2015) to your watchlist, and grab the tissue box.


And finally, a quote to keep in mind throughout the week

"Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes...including you." — Anne Lamott