Mindfulness is a practice that can be implemented in a variety of ways throughout your day. It has helped me de-stress, reduce my anxiety and live a more intentional life. Being more mindful really means slowing down and enjoying whatever it is you’re doing with deep gratitude. Sometimes it can mean just being still and allowing your thoughts and breathe to just be, without trying to organize them or label them. If this is your first time practicing mindfulness please be sure to leave a comment below letting us know if what you thought! If this isn’t your first rodeo with being more mindful then leave your tips in the comments for others!
1: Upon waking up take some time to just adjust to being awake in your bed. Spend a few minutes going over your gratitude list, or simply thinking of things you are grateful for.
2: Set an intention to slow down and focus on the abundance that is all around you for the next 24 hours. Simply saying this aloud, or writing it down is a great start!
3: While you’re brushing your teeth or getting ready for the day do one thing and a time and really focus on that. If your mind wanders gently bring it back to what you are doing right now. Staying in the moment is the key to mindfulness.
4: Before drinking your coffee or tea take some time to set your intentions. Drink it slowly and really enjoy each sip. Notice how it feels in your mouth and as you drink it, once you’re done pay gratitude to it.
5: While eating your breakfast don’t distract yourself with anything else. That means no TV, no phones, nothing. It’s also important to sit and enjoy each bite. Follow suite like you did with your tea or coffee and really pay gratitude to each bite and how it’s going to fuel your body for the day.
6: Meditation is probably the most common way to practice being more mindful. Youtube has a variety of guided meditations for beginners and advanced alike. Even if you set your alarm and sit quietly allowing your thoughts to flow and just observing them. Try to focus on your breathing, the sounds you hear and how your body feels.
7: Whenever I feel anxious or overwhelmed, which is more often than I’d like to admit this exercise that works every time. Grab a journal and just write down whatever comes to mind. Don’t think about it, just write, write, write. I usually set my alarm for 5-10 minutes depending on how much time I have. Afterwards it always makes me feel more clear and focused.
8: Getting out into nature is one of my favorite ways to begin mindfulness. Don’t worry about taking selfies, just soak in the beauty of nature. Notice the natural ebb and flow that is around and within us. Take time to breathe in the stillness and energy. If you’re able, take those shoes off and see how the Earth feels on your feet.
9: Pause between actions and give thanks to your body, mind, spirit and the opportunity you have to explore the world the way you wish. Sitting deeply in gratitude can completely change your mindset and helps to ground yourself.
10: No matter what you’re doing, do it with your whole heart. Multi-tasking isn’t necessary for your day today. Really focusing on each task and putting your heart into it will help you be more mindful and energized.