How can we be a little more mindful everyday? That’s the question…
Recently, I have taken on a Negativity Cleanse lasting 7 days, that basically exercises the brain to release all negative thoughts. It has been a bit of a challenge but I’m taking it a day at a time and today is hopeful.
But taking the time to be mindful of my thoughts has got me wanting to share some ways we can all be a little more mindful in our everyday moments.
What exactly is mindfulness? Well, by definition it is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment.
It can help us to be okay with our thoughts and feelings without any judgment and assist with mental and emotional clarity. Also, being mindful can help decrease stress, anxiety and depression.
Now, here are some simple ways to practice mindfulness on a daily.
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Ways To Be More Mindful Everyday
Wake up with focus
Mornings can sometimes feel rushed or anxious. Take the time to look around before you get up, stretch, and realize your intent for the day. This can help set the tone from the beginning!
Write down or think about what you are grateful for
I tend to think this one through rather than write it. But showing gratitude at the start of everyday is always a good way to seek out and notice the good things in life. Make yourself aware early on, of those things that really matter.
Related: 5 Ways To Be More Joyful
This is a fairly new practice for me and one I hope to make into my everyday. However, when I do take the time, I feel more focused, less anxious and have found creative inspiration from it. There are some great Podcasts with guided meditations like The Meditation Podcast, The Daily Meditation Podcast and Meditation Minis Podcast, to name a few.
Take time to BE outdoors
Look around, focus on how things look, take in the smells, feel the air against your skin and in your hair, listen to the sounds that surround you. Really take it in.
Listen to others
In a busy world, people often feel rushed even when they don’t need to. Try to be in the moment. When talking to someone, really look at them, take in their body language. Clear your mind to really listen to what they are saying instead of thinking of what your response is going to be.
Stay in the present
This is something I have learned in my thirties. I think for a long time I lived in the past and all that really does is keep you stagnant. You don’t evolve, you don’t truly find joy.
I think I missed opportunities and even ignored real and true connections with people because I wasn’t focused on right now. That maybe, comes with growth but the earlier you understand that the present is where you should always be; the better your life will be because of it.
Be appreciative of others
This may come back to good old manners. But I truly think that it’s a lost art for many. Simply saying ‘thank you’, ‘I appreciate you’, ‘I love you’ spreads kindness. Being mindful of how you convey your appreciation for others is big.
Engage your senses
When you see something, make effort to really see it. It’s curves and edges. The shades of color it carries. When you feel something, really feel it. Like water hitting your skin or the touch of someone. How does it feel? Really take it in. When you eat, take the time to eat slowly. Enjoy the aroma, the texture and the flavors of what it is your eating. (This will also help to notify your brain when your full keeping you from over-eating…bonus!)
Don’t assume anything
Assuming things can influence us or even lead to fear. Stay curious about other people and about experiences. Keep compassion in your heart because we can never assume what people may be like or what may be happening within their life at any given moment.
In the everyday there is always opportunity to be more mindful of what’s around us, the people who come into our lives, as well as the one’s we share it with. Even in the little moments we have with ourselves there is opportunity to become more aware of them.
How do you practice mindfulness? Leave a comment below. I’d love to know!
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