Practicing mindfulness doesn’t have to be difficult or even time consuming. A few small changes to your daily routine can make all the difference. Learn how to connect with your surroundings, and live fully in the present, with these 8 easy ways to practice mindfulness.
Observe Your Breathing
Take a few moments throughout the day to observe your breathing. A deep breathe in and out can be a mini meditation. Pause several times a day and just breathe.
When we eat in the front of the TV, scanning our phones or reading, we’re failing to appreciate the food we put in our mouths. Try just eating without the distractions and focus on the flavours and textures.
You’ll not only enjoy your food more, you’ll leave the table feeling more satisfied and be less likely to overeat.
If you walk to work, use the exercise as a chance to clear your mind and focus on the body. How do you feel? Observe your posture and the way your body moves. Walking mindfully will help you feel refreshed and more able to tackle the day ahead.
Use Your Senses
How often are we aware of our senses? The sense of touch, sight and smell… Use these gifts to the full. Pause throughout the day. Observe the beauty all around you, how things feel and take in the smells. Be enriched by your senses.
It’s so easy to let the mind wander when someone is talking to you. Listening fully increases connection. It’s appreciated by the person who’s talking, (they can tell when you’re not listening). Listening to the people we love is the basis for strong relationships.
Meditation helps to calm the mind. Sit somewhere quietly in a comfortable position. Set a timer for 5 or 10 minutes. You eyes can be open or shut. Focus on your breathing and try to empty your mind of thoughts. Just 5-10 minutes a day can be enough to make a difference.
Do Something Different
Taking up a new activity or travelling opens up new experiences. It can change your perspective on life and help you appreciate what you already have and become more aware of your surroundings.
Check In With Your Thoughts And Emotions
Becoming self-aware is difficult. It’s often easier to analyse other people’s behaviour than hold a mirror up to our own.
Try and be an observer of your thoughts. Consciously decide if a thought is something you want to pursue or is it something you need to let go. Avoid spiraling down negative trains of thought, dwelling on past situations or concerns about the future.
Distract yourself. Think about things you enjoy, observe your surroundings, go for a walk. Have a solid action plan you can use as soon as your mind starts to wander down the routes you don’t want to go.
Mindfulness starts with being kind to yourself. Try to take a few moments every day working mindfulness into your life and let me know how you get on…