5 Simple Practices That Can Help You Be More Mindful In Your Everyday Life
Do you ever feel like the world is spinning too fast and you’re not in control? In light of the uncertainty we’re going through, it’s important to not forget about your mental health.
Mindfulness is the key to mental health during this chaotic time. Mindfulness is an excellent way to get back to the present moment.
I know it can be hard to practice mindfulness in our busy lives, so today I’m sharing 5 simple ways to bring mindfulness into our daily life to help you stay focused on the positive, lower stress, and be mentally healthy.
“Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”
What Is Mindfulness And Why Should You Care?
Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting thoughts and feelings as they arise. As a result, mindful people live more engaged lives.
It’s all about momentarily forgetting about the past or the future, and rather focusing on the present.
You can use mindfulness as a tool for managing pain, anxiety, and depression. Mindfulness is a practice that will create a healthier, more present way of being.
Why Should I Practice Mindfulness?
This is a question that is being asked by many people who are sincerely interested in finding out what it can do for them.
The power of mindfulness has been taught by many prominent teachers like Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, and others who teach us the importance of incorporating it into our daily practices. Mindfulness has many proven benefits, including reducing anxiety, depression, and chronic pain.
That’s not all, an individual who practices mindfulness regularly would also experience improved sleep. Other benefits include losing weight, starting a new project, as well as reaching other goals you want to achieve. Research has shown that mindfulness practices, such as meditation, help reduce stress, boost mental clarity and focus.
Likewise, mindfulness can be a useful tool for leaders to stay centered so they can better manage people or deal with external challenges. Mindfulness is an important habit we should cultivate to lead fulfilling and happy lives.
Here are some easy ways to make mindfulness a part of your daily life:
#1: Examine Your Body
While your body functions without your input (e.g. breathing, which is automatic), it sends signals constantly through sensations. Don’t be too busy that you do not check in with your body to take note of what you are experiencing.
So, when you examine your body, what are the areas of tension? For instance, are you experiencing pain or aches? When you pay attention to your body, it will not only help you bring your brain back to the present, it will also point you to what you need to care for your body in a better way.
#2: Be Grateful
Did you know? “Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness.” The act of gratitude helps you to bring your attention to the positive happenings in your life in the now. This way, you will refrain from fretting about what is going to happen tomorrow or what happened in the past. The outcome will be a more positive future.
#3: Check In With Your Heart
Learn how to live in the present, while you monitor your emotions and thoughts at their root. Pay attention to your thoughts and feelings to become more mindful, centered, and in the flow of life. You’ll feel more grounded and in control of your thoughts and emotions when you’re paying attention.
Paying attention to your thoughts will help you experience more joy and less stress. It’s a simple idea that can have a profound effect on your life.
People experience a range of emotions from sadness to joy throughout the day. Emotions are one way our bodies communicate with us at any given time. You come into more coherence with yourself by checking in with your heart where your emotions originate.
You can learn more about the power of the heart by checking out the research studies by the Heart Math Institute
#4: Train Your Five Senses
Bringing your focus to the now is one of the simple ways to stay mindful. Can you take a break from whatever activity you are engrossed with right now and observe the happenings around you? What do you notice – sounds, scents… what do you see, and what do you perceive?
#5: Listen Actively
When we listen with our hearts and minds, we can see and hear more deeply. Listening actively when you talk to someone else creates a space between your words and their interpretation. It creates room for true connection and understanding that feels good for everyone.
Active listening is part of mindfulness practice. It is simply the act of bringing your full attention to what the other person is saying, instead of focusing on how to respond.
When you practice active listening, you are engaging your heart, ears, and intuition. You become aware without judging. All worries, anxieties and distractions are set aside. You become mindful of your words and actions. You’ll find that people will love you more for it.
These simple exercises are meant to help you discover the world of mindfulness without reading books or spending long periods of time meditating.
You can of course do those mindfulness exercises if you have the time, but I find it easier to make mindfulness a part of my daily routine so that I can stay positive, feel happier, and attract what I want to me by staying mindful.
Why not try a mindfulness practice and see how it could improve your day-to-day life?