7 ways to incorporate mindfulness into your everyday lifestyle
The word Mindfulness is everywhere. You’d be forgiven in thinking that it is a fad that will come and go, but mindfulness is actually a state of mind that is centuries of years old and can have amazing benefits in your everyday life.
The practise of mindfulness is about being fully in the moment and being aware of every experience.
Is this good for us? It really is. Increasing your mindfulness can have so many benefits to our health, including being happier, more relaxed and feeling in control. It can also help to impact our memory, aid in weight loss efforts, lessen anxiety and lower stress.
So how can I use mindfulness is my every day life?
Listed below are 7 ways you can start being mindful today and start experiencing the benefits of a focused, engaged brain.
1: Shut down the computer/ television/ phone.
Technology is at our fingertips 24/7 and is a fantastic advancement to daily living. However sometimes the technological noise can be so loud that it is easy to become and feel lost amongst all the buzz.
Try turing your devices off the next time you find yourself using them for no particular reason. Once they’re switched off, close you eyes and listen. Listen to hear what you can hear around you. Allow your mind to wander and to think about what you really want to focus on. Having this time to literally switch off will give your mind and eyes the break they need to re focus the direction of your day.
2: Talking with friends or family.
Sometimes, without even realising it, we drift off into our own thoughts when talking with others.
It could be that you have a lot on your mind but not listening completely is just a waste of both of your time.
Try to make sure you are fully engaged in your conversations. Listen to what the person is truly saying, allow them to finish their sentences and engage positively with them in your responses. This will allow your personal relationships to flourish, encourage friends or family to engage with you and also give you a real sense of purpose within social relationships.
3: Take time to smell the roses
Next time you are outside, stop and take a moment to really notice what is around you. The world is an astonishing place and there is so much of nature to take in. However, our busy lifestyles and busy brains can be so preoccupied with other things that we don’t notice the beauty in front of us. Sometimes being outside in nature can be one of the most powerful ways to give your mind and body what you need. Seek out your sense of wonder and and give yourself that well earned mental reboot.
Have a look out to see what you can see. Perhaps some beautiful spring flowers? Maybe some newly born lambs? Some large trees swaying in the wind? The sea glistening in the sun? Whatever it is you see and notice, breathe in the fresh air and be thankful for this wonderful planet we live on.
4: Stop Multi tasking
Multi-tasking is the art of doing lots of things all at the same time. But is it really more productive? Today try doing everything on your to do list, one at a time. Focus all your attention on one task at hand and concentrate on doing it to the best of your ability. Once you’ve finished, move onto the next.
If you relax by watching a movie, reading a book or taking a bath, then make sure other forms of distraction, such as phones or computers, are out of the way. This way you’ll be fully engaged in what you’re doing and more likely to gain more from the activity. Allow yourself to fully feel the emotions from the movie or book. Notice which emotions you are experiencing and embrace them.
5: Try a little hypnosis
The art of mindfulness mediation has been practised for many years. Mediation has been shown to be an effective tool for managing anxiety, stress levels and depression.
It can take years to perfect the art of mindfulness mediation but using hypnosis to help is a fantastic way to experience the benefits. Hypnosis will allow your mind and body to enter a truly relaxed state by quieting your mind and promoting deep relaxation. This will then guide you through mediation. Making you more aware of the present moment during the session and afterwards.
Try my Mindfulness Mediation download to experience the benefits.
6: Mindful eating.
Again, our busy lifestyles can be to blame for our fast eating habits. Sometimes being busy means that we rush through our food to get it out of the way and onto the next task at hand.
With your next dinner be mindful of the tastes you are experiencing. The different flavours, textures and sensations. Take you time to chew your food. Being mindful of your food will allow you to notice the signs your body gives you when it is feeling full and content. Therefore, this can have a great impact on stopping the action of over eating.
7: Be mindful in the shower
Perhaps you use the time in the shower to sing your favourite show tunes? Or are you rushed in the morning to get in and get out as quickly as possible to free up the bathroom?
Well next time you take a shower, take a moment to feel how the water feels on your skin. The warm water passing over you, the smell of your shower gel and what that does to your senses. The steam rising from the water. The softness of the towel.
Taking the time to focus on this activity will really refocus your mind on what is happening and be in the ‘now.’ You’ll leave the shower feeling mentally refreshed too.
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