Blog

woman in pink sports bra and black leggings doing yoga on yoga mat

How Mindfulness Can Make You Emotionally Stronger

We all feel weak sometimes. Some of us feel it more often than not. But I want you to know that you are not weak. In fact, you are so incredibly strong. When you better understand your emotions, your triggers, and how your mind and body respond to certain situations, you are able to get out of it sooner. The more you lean into the fear, ignoring your emotions, and allowing the fear to take over, the longer it will take to move on. Use your...
photo of woman standing in front of wooden wall looking away

How Avoiding your Feelings can Make Things Worse

We had some housework and repairs to get done recently, bur I'm an introvert and enneagram 9 and HATE making phone calls and confronting others about their work. Shoutout to everyone else like me! I avoid making appointments that don't have automated systems like the plague. Can we start saying we avoid it like Covid instead of the plague? Too soon? I feel like it's too soon. 😬 But, anyway, so I had to change some appointments around, and I...
a woman taking selfie with her friends

Introverts and Extroverts: How to work better together

The weekends are fun, especially in the spring and summer, but man, I am so glad for Monday to come along where I can sit by myself and just quietly get my work done. I'm an introvert surrounded by a family of extroverts. It's exhausting! I actually see the work week as an opportunity to recharge from the weekend. Anybody else live this backwards life?  It's important to notice this balance. We need to experience the opposite...
photo of woman holding her head

Reduce Stress with a Beginner’s Mindset

“Let's start at the very beginning,a very good place to start.When you read, you begin with A-B-C.When you sing, you begin with Do-Re-Mi.” Who doesn't love a properly themed musical reference?!? Thanks, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and the lovely Julie Andrews for the content inspo.... Instead of pushing through when you're stuck, try the "begin again" mindset. When you look at something through a beginner's mindset, you pretend you're seeing...
photo of women talking to each other

How Active Listening Can Improve Your Relationships

My husband and I had fun talking about how mindfulness has affected our relationship on the podcast this week. Spoiler alert: it's definitely for the better! Being more in-tune with our own minds and the way we process things, we're able to be more aware of how the other person is seeing something differently. There's a whole lot less of the "my way or the highway" mentality when we're discussing important topics or disagreements. In fact,...
pensive woman looking at window

How to Quiet Your Mind During Meditation

What do you think is one of the most used excuses as to why someone can't meditate or why they don't want to try it? You guessed it! I've been there, and you've probably been there too... "I can't clear my mind, meditation doesn't work for me".- Everyone at some point But don't worry, there IS actually a beautifully simple magic trick that you can use to make yourself successful at meditation. Are you ready for this?!?!? It's going to blow your...
lady in beach silhouette during daytime photography

Embrace Your Weaknesses to Find your Purpose

Ok, this week on the podcast I get down and dirty and reveal a weakness I've always been critical of about myself. It's something that I've always been insecure, vulnerable, and self-conscious about. It's my voice. What? Someone who uses their voice all the time...someone who has literally made a living off their voice considers it a weakness? 100% yup. I've ALWAYS wished my voice was different. It was never good enough, especially when I was...
two women sitting on white bench

5 Easy Ways to Live Mindfully

People often think that they need to invest a lot of time to create a mindset shift in order to live more mindfully. In fact, it's quite the opposite. Practicing mindfulness can be done in a split second. Literally, a split second. As long as it takes your brain to notice and process what you're doing, that's your mind being triggered to focus and take a break. So here are 5 simple ways you can incorporate mindful living into your life with...
woman in activewear in yoga position

Creating Confidence in Your Decisions with Meditation

How many times have we been confident in a decision only to tell someone about it and immediately begin to doubt ourselves based on their reaction? Yeah? It's not just me, right? Ha! See what I did there? I doubted my own statement by looking for validation from others! Here's the thing. Everyone sees life differently, even when we're dealing with the same exact situation. So we have to learn to honor our own thoughts, while still be accepting...
woman closing her eyes against sun light standing near purple petaled flower plant

Living in Gratitude

Creating a gratitude practice works best when it's done in a manner that works for you. So, you're probably thinking, great, but how do you get to the point where gratitude comes naturally to me?  Glad you asked, that's what I'm here to help with! I created a gratitude series that includes 6 audio meditations (varying in length) + a downloadable gratitude journal where you can mix and match the pages best fit your needs. I hope you love...
woman sitting on brown wooden chair beside coconut

Mindfulness for Stress Relief

Meditation works. No, it won't solve your problems right away for you, but it will make you stronger so that you are both able and willing to start working on solutions on your own. It helps us focus on the things that are most important to us, and let go of the "clutter" in our minds. Mindfulness meditation is a life tool to help you calm down when you're stressed. It helps us get through both the good days and the bad days. Meditation helps...
How to be true to yourself and show yourself to the world to build confidence | bethbackes.com | Mindful Actions Podcast

Be True To Yourself and Build Confidence Within

True to your heart You must be true to your heart That's when the heavens will part And baby, shower you with my love Open your eyes Your heart can tell you no lies And when you're true to your heart I know it's gonna lead you straight to me98º - True to Your Heart Did I just start a blog post with a 98º song? Yes, yes I did. 90's kids, represent!!! But seriously, every time I thought about this podcast topic this past week, I started singing...
Learn how to build confidence through acknowledging the skills you already have. You already have everything within you. Let's do this together!

Building Your Confidence

Sometimes we forget that the things we do on a daily basis are really cool. We just think "meh, that's what I'm supposed to do". But is it? You have really cool skills that not everyone has, and it's time you acknowledge that! Listen to the podcast episode below, or read the meditation script in the following section. How to be more Confident Let’s talk about appreciating your skills. The things that you do well and enjoy. The things that are...
Finding Beauty in Everyday Life | bethbackes.com | Mindfulness Blog

Finding Beauty in Everyday Life

I did an exercise recently where we learned how to create vision boards. Vision boards have never been my thing. Crafting, ew. But I thought, what the heck, I made a promise to myself to try new things, so let's do this. Flowers and plants have also never been my thing. Plants around me die if I even just look at them in the wrong way. One time, a set of dragon's breath died in my front gardening bed. As I was taking the dead plants to throw in...

SRKP: intro vow of now vows for

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Donec odio. Quisque volutpat mattis eros. Nullam malesuada erat ut turpis. Suspendisse urna nibh, viverra non, semper suscipit, posuere a, pede. Donec nec justo eget felis facilisis fermentum. Aliquam porttitor mauris sit amet orci. Aenean dignissim pellentesque felis. Morbi in sem quis dui placerat ornare. Pellentesque odio nisi, euismod in, pharetra a, ultricies in, diam. Sed arcu....

SRKP: Ask what good to do about us

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Donec odio. Quisque volutpat mattis eros. Nullam malesuada erat ut turpis. Suspendisse urna nibh, viverra non, semper suscipit, posuere a, pede. Donec nec justo eget felis facilisis fermentum. Aliquam porttitor mauris sit amet orci. Aenean dignissim pellentesque felis. Morbi in sem quis dui placerat ornare. Pellentesque odio nisi, euismod in, pharetra a, ultricies in, diam. Sed arcu....

SRKP: opt out of scary tech try

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Donec odio. Quisque volutpat mattis eros. Nullam malesuada erat ut turpis. Suspendisse urna nibh, viverra non, semper suscipit, posuere a, pede. Donec nec justo eget felis facilisis fermentum. Aliquam porttitor mauris sit amet orci. Aenean dignissim pellentesque felis. Morbi in sem quis dui placerat ornare. Pellentesque odio nisi, euismod in, pharetra a, ultricies in, diam. Sed arcu....
Identifying and honoring the things that are important to you through reflection and growth. | bethbackes.com

Identifying and Honoring your Intentions and Routines

I'm curious about if/how you identify the mindset, intentions, and actions that encompass your daily routines. When journaling, I write out my plan every day. I start and end every day the same. It's my routine, it's my ritual. It's how I treat my body and mind, so yeah, it's kinda important to me... If you're into the whole commitment to yourself kind of thing and all. I'm guessing you probably are if you're reading this. I came to the...

Hello world!

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start writing!
How To Find Your Purpose | bethbackes.com

How To Find Your Purpose

I saw a post recently that said something along the lines of: stop paying for classes that claim to have the answer to help you find your purpose. You will find it on your own through experiences and being mindful and intentional about everything you do. Wow, that hit me like a load of bricks. Not because it was a tough gut-check to hear, but because of the raw truth behind it. The truth that I came to realize recently as well. I found my...

© 2017-2023 Mindful Actions. All rights reserved.