There are many ways to be mindful. One of the most known way is meditation. Yet, sometimes you don’t always want to meditate. There are many ways to practice being mindful without much effort.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the mental state focusing on one’s awareness of the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. It’s used as a therapeutic technique. It improves mental and physical health, reduces stress, and opens your mind to new feelings. It is important to bepresent in the current moment as there are many opportunities to focus on your surroundings.
1. Be aware of your feelings
It takes effort to be emotionally available. To be mindful in your self-improvement, you need to self-reflect on yourself and why you feel the way you do.
2. Get outside and take a walk
Hear the footsteps around you, the birds, children running, cars driving by. Pay attention to the trees, your footsteps, and don’t set an end destination. Wander as you go and take it in stride.
3. Reflect on your day
At the end of the day when you would be busy with tasks, or wasting energy into the tv or your phone, take 15 minutes. Those minutes can be used to journal and reflect on how your daily activities made you feel.
4. Take a break & listen
It’s easy to get wrapped up in what is going on around us, and pushing ourselves to our limits. Stepping back and truly be there for the people around you by listening to them. Give them that feeling of complete attention. Doing this will deepen your relationship. Take time to really hear the other person and their struggles. Resist the urge to form your answer before they finish theirs.
5. Let it go
Don’t dwell on the things you can’t change. It takes a lot of emotional energy to focus on the negative and hold on to feelings that cause stress. Be mindful about your feelings and why you are feeling the way you are, and let it go all at once.
You will be increasingly happier when you pay attention to what you’re doing in your daily life. What are ways you currently practice being mindful? Leave me ideas in the comments!