Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which an individual focuses on being intensely aware of what they are sensing and feeling. It can be described as being ‘fully present’ and aware of our surroundings while not being overwhelmed by everything that is going on.
In our hectic, modern lives it can be difficult to manage stress and anxiety and regulate emotions. Mindfulness and mediation are becoming increasingly popular in the United States. One study reports that more than 14% of adults practiced mediation at least once in the past year.
In this blog post, we will highlight 5 simple activities to be mindful and become more engaged and present in life.
1. Try Single-Tasking
Many of us pride ourselves on being able to multitask. Single-tasking is the opposite, where you fully 100% on one single activity.
If you are at work, for example, take one task at a time and give each one your full attention and energy. Blocking out other distractions can improve focus and free up mental space. Focus on your posture and breathing as you perform this single task and block out everything else.
2. Mindful Gardening
Gardening is a wonderful way to switch off from work or social obligations and be closer to nature. Take yourself through every step and try to notice everything around you. Feel the soil in your hands, consider the weather and the role it plays, listen for the sound of birds—immerse yourself fully in your corner of nature.
3. Appreciate Music
A lot of today’s music is ready-made for radio or streaming on Spotify. It is short and snappy. Take some time during your day to listen to a piece of music (the longer the better) and try and feel the music within your body.
It helps to find a quiet space where the lighting is low. Headphones help to create the sensation that the music is within you.
4. Be Clear About Your Goals
We can often feel that we are moving on autopilot, without any real understanding of what our goals are. It can help to create a journal and put your plans into writing, where they are clear and understandable. This helps to create focus and gives you a clear sense of direction in life.
The above tips are all designed to help you focus and embrace your surroundings in a more meaningful way. Daily meditation is a great way to gain a new perspective on stressful situations, become more self-aware, and increase patience. Even 15 minutes a day can help to reduce anxiety.
For more of becoming mindful, check out the National Brain Appeal.
Simple Steps to Be Mindful Everyday
Practicing mindfulness, in any of the above forms, comes with a host of benefits. These include reducing rumination, stress, and anxiety while boosting mood and increasing focus. Find some time in your day to practice mediation or incorporate mindfulness into regular tasks.
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