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Are you struggling to find ways to practice mindfulness in your busy life?
When was the last time you gave something your full attention?
Instead of worrying, overthinking or checking your phone, you gave the task you are doing your complete devotion.
If you’re like me, your answer is probably “not very often”.
With our minds wondering and constantly thinking about other things, we are missing out on living in the now and enjoying life.
This can lead us to feel stressed, irritable and even cause depression.
If we practice mindfulness with everyday tasks, we can feel calmer, reduce negative thoughts and feel in control of your life again.
Here are 5 simple ways to practice mindfulness daily:
A quick way to being more mindful is to just stop and listen.
Really listen to all the sounds around you, take it all in.
Listen with curiosity, even if it’s only for a few minutes, it makes a big difference if you do it daily.
If you find this hard to do at first, you could always try a guided meditation. My favourite meditation app, Buddhify has a lot of quick meditations that incorporates listening to your surroundings in them.
So many of us are focusing on something else while we walk, such as listening to music or scrolling on our phones.
Next time you go for a walk take it all in.
Look at nature, really feel your feet on the ground when you walk and listen to the sounds around you.
Looking at your feet while walking is another calming exercise. This is a great grounding exercise also, so if you feel anxious, looking at your feet while walking can help.
3. Brushing Your Teeth
This is a great daily activity to practice mindfulness, as we all brush our teeth every day.
Focus your attention on what you hear, taste, smell and the sensations of brushing your teeth.
Really give it your full attention!!
4. Mindful Eating
How many of us eat on the go, eat our lunch at our desks or reach for the snacks when we are feeling down?
All too often we eat so fast that we don’t savour our food enough.
Eating mindfully and being truly present when we eat is not only good for our minds but is good for our digestion too.
Don’t multitask when you’re eating your meal, eat slower and pay attention to your what your body is feeling.
5. Focus On Your Breath
Another simple way to practice mindfulness is to focus on your breath.
Bring your attention to your breath, without trying to alter it, be curious about where you feel the breath in your body.
Do this for a few minutes and whenever you notice your mind wondering.
Simply take your focus back to your breath.
Practice these simple mindfulness techniques daily and you will start to notice how being mindful, even for a few minutes a day, really does make a big difference.
Let me know in the comments below of any other simple tips you have on how to practice mindfulness daily.