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Self-care has never been more important, especially at a time when everyone is so caught up with the struggles of juggling family responsibilities, work obligations, and everything in between. Add to that the COVID-19 pandemic that upended nearly every aspect of their lives and heightened anxieties about an uncertain future.
How can you keep yourself from spiraling into negative thoughts and prioritize health and well-being? One of the most crucial elements of living a purposeful life is mindfulness—being present in the moment, understanding how your mind works, focusing on feelings, and reacting to everything around you.
Who better to turn to for valuable advice about savoring every moment than the people who celebrate la dolce vita (the sweet life) every day? Italians are known for the art of slow living. They can teach us a thing or two about giving up control and appreciating life in all its fullness.
Here’s what you can learn from Italians, and some other tips and healthy habits, to bring mindfulness into your life and be better one step at a time.
- Embrace Beauty from the Inside Out
Italians are passionate about beauty and maintaining a bella figura. This is a deeper kind of beauty that encourages loving yourself enough to keep up with a respectable appearance. It’s also about prioritizing good manners and etiquette. Not only do Italians leave a good impression and take sophistication to a whole new level, but they do so while emanating effortless elegance.
More often than not, a good, consistent morning skincare routine is all it takes to achieve that youthful skin and glow and boost self-confidence. So, practice self-care and improve your mental health by turning your skincare routine into a mindful ritual. With a mindful skincare routine, you can enjoy all the benefits of healthy, protected skin and a rejuvenated mind and body.
Remember that it’s all about relaxing, taking things slow, and noticing how you feel. Tune into your senses as you apply skincare ingredients one by one. From cleansing to mask, the key is to move with intention and know the effects on the mind and body. Light a candle or play soothing music as you go about your routine, and you’ll feel nourished, grounded, and empowered in no time.
- Pause, Breathe, and Appreciate the Little Things
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The hustles and bustles of modern life make it seem impossible to slow down. But for Italians, living life at a slower pace makes it more exciting, enjoyable, and meaningful. That’s why they are fond of taking passeggiata—a short leisurely walk or stroll in the afternoon or early evening to clear the mind, escape the daily grind, exercise, enjoy snacks or a drink, and hang out with family and friends.
Italians take these breaks seriously and enjoy everything slowly to remain in the present moment—from those slow 20-minute walks to basking in their surroundings and knowing how all five senses react to them.
Italians also focus on gratitude and appreciating who they are and what they have. Go around the country, and you’ll find most locals revering Italian architecture, food, wine, and everything that makes their culture and traditions stand out.
- Eat Healthily
Italians won’t think twice about eating mindfully. They respect food and wine, so much so that you won’t find any Italian rushing to finish their meals or eating while working or looking at the screens. Italian cuisine is made with heart and characterized by bite-sized pleasures that are a delight to pair with a glass of red wine and the company of the best pals.
They also gravitate toward a balanced, nutrient-rich diet of locally sourced vegetables, fruits, and fish, so you wouldn’t have to worry about eating better if you’re taking on Italian cuisine.
- Spend Time with Nature, Family, and Friends
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Italy is a place where families and friends are meant to flourish. And there’s no better way to enjoy the great outdoors and mealtimes than to cherish these special moments with them.
Italians value strong family ties and treat each member of the family with care and respect. Mindfulness is not just about consuming with purpose; it is also about building and strengthening healthy relationships with those who matter most. Don’t pass up on an opportunity to keep your family first—it’s best for your heart and soul.
Do as the Italians Do
Learn more about the Italian lifestyle and check out ways by which you can use it as an inspiration to create your own transformative mindfulness routine.