5 Ways to Add more Mindfulness to Your Day
Mindfulness is becoming more of a popular trend and is being adopted by people around the world. It is no longer just a practice for monks meditating in the middle of the mountains. In our busy day-to-day lives filled with so many distractions, it can be easy to get caught up in our thoughts, worries, and anxieties instead of taking a step back and pausing to take in what is around us in the present.
It can be easy to have our thoughts in the future or the past instead of where we actually are at now. Adding more mindfulness into your daily life can be easier than you think and has so many benefits. Let’s take a look at these 5 daily practices to add more mindfulness into your life.
1. Deep Breathing
Bringing your focus back on your breath is one of the easiest ways to begin your mindfulness journey. Breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth while observing and following your breath can be a great way to refocus your attention and come back to where you are at. Taking long deep breaths also allows the nervous system to settle down and be more relaxed thus influencing your mind and calming your thoughts.
2. Eat Mindfully
Mealtime is another great opportunity to be more mindful. It can be a pleasurable experience especially when we pay attention to all the rich flavors, great textures, and incredible smells that come from the food we are eating. It is also a perfect time to check in with our physical bodies to see how they feel, what they are hungry for, and what we can do to satisfy that hunger.
Take a moment to check in with your body and see how you feel before eating. Notice any physical sensations you have and how hungry you truly are. Eat according to your needs and allow yourself to slow down so you can easily digest from a relaxed state.
3. Mindful Rest
Rest is so important and something that is often overlooked in our culture that tells us to always keep moving forward and achieve the next thing. It can be easy to get caught up in this cycle and forget to slow down and take a step back from working and accomplishing tasks.
Even 15 minutes in a quiet space can make a difference. You can take some time to sit or lie down without distractions and notice the sensations in your body. Closing your eyes and taking some deep breaths to see how you feel can help bring you back to the present moment and reduce the stress you’re experiencing in the middle of the day.
4. Be Mindful While You Move
Doing some physical activity like working out, going for a swim, or riding a bike can also be a great way to bring more mindfulness into your routine. In addition to doing the activity itself, you can bring more peace into your body and feel more in touch with yourself along the way. Pay attention to each movement you do, as well as the sound and how you feel. If it feels good, match the rhythm of your breath to your movement. This way your heart rate and breath will begin to synchronize and stabilize.
5. Ground Yourself
Grounding yourself can be another way to get back into your body and feel connected to what is around you. This is also a great alternative to focusing on your breath if you find that to be difficult.
Grounding can be done in several different ways. One simple way to ground yourself is to go out in nature, either a park or even your own backyard. If it is safe to do so you can take off your shoes and pay attention to how the earth feels under your feet, and how your body feels being outside. Take some deep breaths and feel what it is like to to be in space outside and to be connected to the earth. Pay attention to your body and breath.
There are so many ways to bring mindfulness into your life. These are just a few ideas to start off with but there is so much you can do. Start with these simple ways to be more mindful and then you can go from there.