INSIDE: Taking the time to practice mindfulness daily, even for a few minutes, can make a big difference and improve the quality of your life. There are many small yet powerful ways to incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine. Let’s discover them now!
Today, we are so frequently overworked that burnout has become a new normal. With that in mind, it is not surprising that in the recent decade there has been a huge emphasis on mindfulness and mediation.
According to The Harvard Gazette, mindfulness is a powerful technique that not only helps depressed patients cope with depressive symptoms more effectively but also helps decrease those symptoms.
When we practice mindfulness daily, we choose not to let the moment pass us by, but to experience it. Here are some tips that you can implement in your routine today to help you live mindfully...
Why Being Mindful Matters
While our ancestors fought their own battles that we, fortunately, don’t have to fight today, they undoubtedly had something we lack - the time, habits, and ability to be effortlessly mindful and present.
Instead, we are hustling, we are constantly exhausted, occupied with thoughts and plans, shoulds, woulds, and musts. We are busy and our mind is overloaded with information that can sometimes truly wear us down.
Mindfulness is a practice that improves our wellbeing, helps us cope with stress, reminds us how to fully enjoy life as it is, and so much more.
Here's why being mindful matters...
It Helps Us Live Life in the Here & Now
Because we are usually constantly on the go and overwhelmed, we have very little time to be fully present and experience life. When we practice mindfulness, we shift the focus from ruminating about the past, daydreaming, and being fearful about the future to the moment that is right here and right now.
Mindfulness allows us to feel more in sync with what is currently going on and the moment we are in. This helps us release control of the outcome and go with the flow of life. By practicing mindfulness daily we remind ourselves to stop and smell the flowers, and to feel, observe, and experience reality.
It is Beneficial for Our Wellbeing
By helping us become more in tune with the present, mindfulness improves our wellbeing and increases overall contentment in life. It helps us not only become more aware of our surroundings but also more alert to the beauty around us.
As a result, we are more likely to find ourselves increasingly enjoying the small things in life and finding fulfillment more easily.
Mindfulness helps us embrace a gratitude mentality, see our blessings more easily, and look at life with a more positive outlook. We become geared to focus on pleasure and joy in life, rather than dwelling on the negatives.
It Calms the Mind
Mindfulness is a widely recommended technique by many therapists and coaches, and for good reason. Because it requires our conscious focus and awareness, practicing mindfulness has a positive effect on mental health, helping us cope with worry, fear, and stress.
It helps us cope with symptoms of depression and anxiety in a healthy way, by bringing us inner peace and helping us release burdensome thoughts. When we are practicing mindfulness daily, we are less likely to fall into a pattern of rumination, negative self-talk, and unhealthy habits.
It is Beneficial for Health
Being one of the best mental practices, mindfulness impacts not only our mind and mental health but also our health in general. Stress triggers many health problems, and because it helps us release mental tension, its effects are also felt in the body, as decreased muscle tension or relieved physical pain.
Mindfulness has a positive impact on the cardiovascular system, helping to regulate blood pressure and pulse, especially in stressful times. Similar to meditation, it has a regenerative effect, helps us deal with tiredness, and saves our precious energy.
It Improves Focus
Now more than ever, our brains absorb extreme quantities of information and are exposed to various physical and energetic stressors, which drains us mentally. Mindfulness helps us take a mental pause from the overwhelming stimuli around us, improving our focus and concentration.
By calming the mind, it helps eliminate brain fog, dizziness, and confusion, assisting us in seeing things with greater clarity and laser-sharp perception. It helps improve our learning skills and boosts our memory.
In the end, it is a practice of taking a mental break, which helps us prevent burnout and daily breakdowns which wear down our nervous system and drain us.
14 Mindfulness Daily Tips to Help You Be a More Mindful Person
The best thing about practicing mindfulness is that it is easy, accessible everywhere and to everyone, and it is free. On top of that - it is immensely beneficial on so many levels.
Even a couple minutes a day can make a difference and help us rest, recuperate, and find a sense of calm in the midst of chaos.
Here are some simple yet powerful things you can do to up your mindfulness game and reap all the rewards it offers...
Practice Being More Present
When we get caught up in obligations, it is difficult to appreciate the little moments. We practice mindfulness by being more present. We do so by consciously choosing to focus on one specific task - be that a project, house cleaning, or something as simple as gardening.
Multitasking and shifting from one thing to another distracts us and creates stress, but most importantly, it prevents us from experiencing the moment.
When you feel rushed, make a decision to slow down and focus on one thing at a time. It will help you feel like the moment you are having and the activity you are doing is experienced, valuable, and not just another box to tick on a To Do list.
Take a Daily Walk Without Your Phone
Paradoxically, there is nothing that separates us more from the present than a device that was meant to make us feel more connected.
Daily walks are a form of meditation of their own. By making it a habit to practice mindfulness daily and disconnect while out for a walk, we are able to truly tune in with nature and become more aware of our surroundings.
The phone is both an active distraction and a device that emits EMFs. That's why taking a digital detox, especially when out in nature, helps us disconnect from external noise and feel calmer in our environment.
As a result, we experience the world around us with more clarity, depth and are much more alert to the beauty of life.
Let Yourself Be Bored
With instant gratification and entertainment so readily available, we rarely stop to allow ourselves to feel bored. But being bored is the key to enlightenment and increased awareness.
When we are bored, we give ourselves the space to feel, observe and experience reality as it is, without trying to fill up the void with stimuli and distractions. It creates space, mentally and energetically, and gives us a sense of inner calm.
If we know how to use it, we can easily reap rewards from that stillness, develop ideas, and reach new levels of awareness. In the end, it gives us the opportunity to simply be, breathe, and observe, without having to do something all the time.
Meditation is closely tied to mindfulness. When we meditate, we bring all of our focus to our breath, our body, a sound, or another specific stimuli. Meditation, in any form, benefits us and expands our consciousness, bringing greater awareness, tranquility, and clarity into our energy.
When we meditate, we practice mindfulness daily and program ourselves to become more present and in sync with our surroundings. Meditating every day, even for a few minutes, helps clear the mind from ruminating thoughts and decreases the stress and tension that prevent us from being fully in the moment.
Practice Deep Breathing
Breathwork and breathing exercises bring focus to our breath in order to help us find inner calm and alleviate stress. As such, it is also a form of mindfulness, which can be a hardy first aid treatment when we feel overwhelmed and stuck in our heads.
When we pay attention to our breathing and bring our focus onto every inhale and exhale, we become more mindful of our body and the energy that flows through it.
Deep breathing helps us feel more grounded and is a practice that will ultimately help us develop greater self-awareness and learn to listen to what our body has to say.
Explore Your Feelings & Emotions
We often have a need to control our emotions, rationalize, judge ourselves, and repress our feelings, especially the uncomfortable ones. That's why one of the best ways to practice mindfulness daily is to start making peace with our emotions, regardless of how unpleasant or intense they are.
Emotions are an integral part of our nature and are important cues that can help us heal and get on the right path. Allowing ourselves to simply feel what we feel, without labeling our emotions or judging ourselves, can help us become aware and fully present in a moment.
As a result, we will process feelings, gain insight and learn our lessons much faster than when we chose not to feel.
Keep a Daily Gratitude Journal
Counting our blessings, no matter how big they are, not only helps attract more positivity into our lives but also helps us find joy every day. Keeping a gratitude journal is a way to consciously direct our focus onto what we currently have.
By writing down what we are thankful for, we put our attention onto something that evokes positive feelings, inner peace, and comfort. Journaling helps calm the mind and quiet the chatter in our heads and can be incredibly therapeutic, especially when we are stressed or feeling blue.
Slow Down When You Eat
Watching TV, reading, or being on the phone while eating is a common habit that disconnects us from the present moment. So many times, we treat meals as just another to-do activity for the day.
Slowing down when we eat and taking the time to be fully present at the table is a way to take a pause from the chaos around us and calm the mind. Focus on the taste of the food, the aromas, and the delicate flavors. Sip your drink slowly and enjoy every bite of your food with all your senses.
This way of practicing mindfulness daily gives the opportunity to slow down and detach from an overly stimulating environment.
Notice the Synchronicities in Your Life
Ask for a sign and the Universe shall present it to you. Synchronicities are little signs that can help point us in the right direction and remind us that we are exactly where we are meant to be.
To notice synchronicities, we first need to become more alert and pay attention to how everything around us unfolds. We can start by asking the Universe for a sign, and then being alert to the signs presented to us.
Seeing these signs indicates that we are becoming more aware of our surroundings and ourselves. It's a powerful practice that we can use to become more present in the moment. And the more mindful and present we become, the more synchronicities we will see.
Take a Bath
As simple as it sounds, one of the most powerful methods for how to be a more mindful person is to take a bath. Water has an immense cleansing effect with the power to wash away worry, stress, and negativity accumulated in our bodies.
Taking a bath when we feel overburdened, tired, or anxious has a relaxing effect and helps loosen up tense muscles after a long day. Being in the water has a soothing effect on both the body and the mind.
It not only washes away impurities but also helps cleanse heavy thoughts, accumulated negativity, and our energy field. A warm soothing bath reduces tension, helps us unwind, and gives us the opportunity to pause in the moment and recharge our batteries.
Spend Time in Nature
Connecting with nature is like a little escape from reality. It helps us become more grounded and tranquil and has an incredible therapeutic effect.
Be it a few minutes or a few hours, time in nature gives us the opportunity to listen to the subtle sounds and enjoy the soft wind and the warm sunlight, which is a form of powerful meditation.
To incorporate mindfulness daily, we can start small, by taking the time to notice the movement of clouds, branches, or leaves. Observe the subtle changes in your environment and breathe. You could even try noticing the sacred geometry in nature.
Tune Into Your Body
Too often, we aren’t aware of what our bodies are telling us until we have a symptom that is screaming at us. We don’t stop to tune in with our bodies, we ignore tiredness, and frequently push our limits to a point of exhaustion.
Visualize scanning your body from toes to your temple. You can do this any time, anywhere, and in any position, even in an office.
When stressed, try taking a few seconds to breathe in and focus on your body. How does your fingers, jaw, or back feel? This will help you become more aware of your body, relax, get centered, and come home to yourself during a long day.
Set Daily Intentions
If we find it difficult to get up in the morning, it's usually because we know what our day will bring in advance. That's why one of the ways to practice mindfulness daily and find more joy every day is to start a day with an intention setting ritual.
When we visualize what we’d like our day to be like, we prepare ourselves to fully embrace each activity we engage in during that day. Setting an intention helps us not only seize the day but also focus on the present moment.
Doing things with an intention helps us become more focused, more grounded, conscious, and immersed in what we are doing, allowing us to experience whatever we are doing with all of our senses.
Notice the Beauty Around You
Because we are consumed by our thoughts and overwhelmed with information, we can sometimes lose focus on what is beautiful and positive in our lives.
Every time we get caught up in a pattern of negativity and worry, we can try training ourselves to stop and observe the beauty around us.
- What is it that makes something unique?
- What are the positive associations?
- What is the one good thing in something we see as negative?
Observe colors, shapes, patterns, and sacred geometry. Smell the flowers. Listen to the ocean. While doing so, you'll slowly start noticing the little things around you, reprograming your mind to see beauty everywhere and experience more joy in the present moment as a result.
Mindfulness is a technique that can transform our lives in small, but significant ways, and practicing it helps us find more pleasure in life. By embracing a mindful way of living, we are choosing inner peace, serenity, and most importantly, living in the moment.
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