What is mindfulness, and how can we achieve it? Mindfulness is achieving a state of conscious awareness of the present moment. This includes becoming aware of our senses and acknowledging our feelings and thoughts - calmly and without judgement - at any given moment. Practicing mindfulness can help us be more in tune with our emotions and physical body. Furthermore, it can help us manage our stress, lose weight, enhance our relationships, improve productivity - just to name a few!
Below, I talk about some simple ways for you to practice mindfulness throughout your day and cultivate an overall better well-being.
Check in with yourself.
Take 5-10 minutes to check in with yourself. When you wake up - before you look at your cell-phone or check your calendar - take a few moments to take some deep, meaningful breaths and do a body scan. Any tension that you feel? Any sore spots? Are you experiencing anxiety? What thoughts are going through your head?
Experience your thoughts and feelings without judging or labeling them.
Set a positive intention for the day.
This is also a great technique to utilize throughout your day.
Choose a convenient meal time.
Take the time to notice what you are eating. What does it smell like? What does it taste like? How do you feel while eating it? Notice every sensation.
Immerse yourself in the richness of your meal. This can help you eat slower, as well as lose weight.
We often go into auto-pilot when driving. Pay attention to what is around you. Notice the scenery, any beautiful colors, what the sky looks like.
If you listen to music, switch it up and try some classical or meditation music to help calm any anxiety on your way to work!
Think before responding or acting.
Pay attention to the physical sensations you are having when interacting with others or completing a task.
Pause when agitated or unsure of what to do. Be mindful of what your body is experiencing and take some deep breaths before acting.
Don't analyze the situation.
Remember that you can only control YOU.
Take breaks when you need them (or remember to).