3 Small Ways to Start Practicing Mindfulness
We get it – life is busy. Most of us go from one activity or decision to the next from the moment we wake up with little or no break in between. So how do we deal when every day feels like a total blur? Practice mindfulness.
Mindfulness is the practice of cultivating a focused awareness on the present moment. It takes practice, but soon you’ll start to see opportunities to apply mindfulness in so many different ways throughout the day.
Here are three ways to start practicing mindfulness in your day-to-day:
1. Incorporate mindfulness into daily activities
Start by incorporating activities that are already part of your daily routine like brushing your teeth, taking a shower, or your morning commute. These are all activities where your mind wanders and therefore present an opportunity to bring your attention back to the present. Headspace describe five situations to which you could easily apply mindfulness on a daily basis in this article.
2. Make your workout a Meditative Experience
You don’t have to do yoga to have a mindful workout. Any form of exercise is a chance to practice mindfulness, whether you’re on a hike or in spin class. Your workout is full of opportunities to focus on your breath moving in and out, one of the easiest ways to come back to the present. As you move, pay attention to what your body is going through moment to moment, like an increased heart rate, maybe a sore elbow, or tight hamstring. If you’re outdoors, take notice of the scenery and your surroundings.
3. Try Meditation
If you’re intimidated by words like “mindfulness” or “meditation,” you’re not alone. But with the right resources, you can still develop a mindfulness practice that works for you. Someone in your yoga class might wake up at the crack of dawn to meditate for 40 minutes every morning, but that probably doesn’t work for most of us. The key is to start where you’re at so that you’re more likely to develop good habits that stick. There are plenty of tools out there to walk you through it. We’re big fans of Headspace. New users can try their library of 10-minute mindfulness exercises totally for free. After that, you can continue repeating the first 10 (still for free!) as many times as you want, or upgrade to build on your routine as you move forward.