Mindfulness is a tried and true technique to help reduce stress and bring more joy into our hectic lives. By practicing mindfulness daily and not just when we meditate, we can be happier and healthier. Read on for our top five tips that you can incorporate into your day – even at work! Most only take a few minutes, but they will make a world of difference.
Begin and End Your Day with Purpose
We’ve all heard it before, setting a purpose for your day and recapping the end of your day are good for your mind…and body. If there is something you want to accomplish on any given day, set an intention to accomplish that goal. At the end of the day, do an inventory. Did I reach my goal? Why or Why not? And if not, what intention can I set tomorrow so that I can meet my goal. This practice can help you stay focused, mindful and will help get you where you want to go.
Breathe, Breathe and Breathe Some More
Breathing is so vital. Yet, when we are busy or stressed, we often forget to breathe. And that is when breathing is critical! When you feel a tightness in your chest, a dull ache in your head or just when you think about it, take a moment to do a couple of 4,7,8 breaths to help regain your balance. It’s a simple and easy technique. Exhale deeply through your mouth to start and then shut your mouth and inhale for a count of 4. Hold this while you count to seven. Then exhale to the count of eight. Try this a few times throughout the day for maximum effect.
Stay in the Here and Now
This one may seem simple, but with our hectic lives, it can be difficult to stay in the present moment, but it is a great way to practice mindfulness. If you find yourself drifting into thoughts of the past or the future, gently remind yourself to come back to the present moment.
One Thing at a Time
Multitasking is looked upon a necessary skill in our hectic world. However, experts agree that most people can only focus well on one task at a time. Keep this in mind if you’re firing on all cylinders and directions. Make a priority list and then tackle things one at a time. You’ll find you are calmer, more centered and you’ll do a better job.
Have an Attitude of Gratitude
Our last tip is probably the most important. Be grateful for the things in your life. Even if you’re having a bad day, you can find something to be grateful for. This mindset will go a long way to improving your mindfulness practice and your life!
No matter where or when you practice these five tips, they’ll go a long way to getting you on the right track to mindfulness.