Mindfulness has become somewhat of a buzzword as of late.
Everyone you talk to seems to be raving about how becoming more mindful has had a massive benefit on their mental health, and how practising it regularly has completely transformed their life.
While this all sounds fantastic, when you’re new to the lifestyle, it can be overwhelming wrapping your head around where to even start?
Do you need to spend hours on a mountaintop with an empty mind to achieve mindfulness?
If you’ve vowed to be more mindful in your day-to-day life, we’ve broken down some simple and easy ways you can hit the ground running.
What Is Mindfulness?
To put it simply, mindfulness is the act of slowing down, watching your thoughts, and being aware of how you’re thinking and reacting to certain situations throughout your day.
It means that you maintain a moment-by-moment awareness of your feelings about your surroundings, and refrain from judging yourself if your thoughts aren’t always positive.
As a society, we’re often constantly busy and on-the-go, so being able to take time for yourself to focus on your thoughts and feelings can have great benefits in multiple areas of your life.
Start The Day Right
If you’re trying to become more mindful in your day-to-day life, why not start the day strong?
Beginning your day with a purposeful intention can help centre yourself while you’re waking up, grounding your mind, body, and soul.
Ask yourself who you want to be today, what you want to achieve, and how you want to interact with the world around you.
Focusing on these intentions instead of instantly grabbing your phone for a quick Instagram scroll or replying to emails will keep you centred before you tackle the obligations of your day.
Taking purposeful breaths and clearing your mind for these intentions will instantly shift you into a mindful state, starting your morning off in a more deliberate way.
Keep It Short
Introducing mindfulness into your everyday life can be quite overwhelming!
To maintain healthy habits and great routines start by focusing on smaller periods of time, making it easier to maintain in the long run.
Picking one activity that you can use as a trigger to remind yourself to be more mindful is a fantastic way to start.
For example, do you let your mind wander while you’re walking to work? Do you start stressing about deadlines while you’re brushing your teeth? Does waiting for your coffee turn into a time for overthinking?
Deciding to appoint one of these activities as your dedicated mindfulness time will instantly shift your mood and make big changes in your daily routine. Focus on your breath, watch your thoughts, ground yourself, and notice just how quickly your mood changes.
Does meditation feel intimidating to you?
Meditation doesn’t have to be hours in silence with zero thoughts to be successful, shorter meditations can still have positive effects on your mental state, and they’re much easier to introduce into your busy daily routine.
Here are some simple steps to make meditation easy for beginners.
- Find a comfortable place to sit down and relax.
- Set a time limit (especially if you’re new to meditation! A shorter period will help you concentrate and get into the process).
- Notice your body and breath. Pay attention to how you’re feeling and aim to remain present in your body.
- Pay attention to your mind and your thoughts. Once you notice your mind wandering, simply bring it back to the present moment and refocus on your breathing.
- Bring yourself out of meditation slowly, focus on your breathing and notice the sounds around you, how your body feels, and what emotions are present.
Once you start getting in the habit of quieting your mind you’ll be able to meditate for longer, becoming more aware of your thoughts and how this practice is affecting both your mind and your body.