Could you use more peace in your life?
As the saying goes, mindfulness is not hard - we just have to remember to do it!
European-Business.com offers 8 great tips for sneaking in some mindfulness into our every day activities:
1. Mindful breathing
Inhaling and exhaling deeply and consciously into the belly is relaxing and lets ease of mind set in. Start your day by being mindful of your breathing for a few minutes.
2. Avoid multitasking Concentrate on just one thing and ignore everything else. That also applies to things that we don’t often see as an activity, such as eating. Don’t read any emails on the side; just eat.
3. Break out of your routine Mindfulness means being attentive and observing what is happening within and around you. Make yourself aware of your routine and keep trying to change small things. That will keep your mind on task.
4. Walk mindfully as often as you can Pay attention to walking throughout your day. Concentrate on your breathing and take every step consciously. Walk slowly and reel in your thoughts when they go astray.
5. Train your senses Mindfulness can be trained. Use your senses and make yourself aware of what is around you. How does your food taste and smell? What is its consistency? How does the air smell outside and inside? What sounds are around you? What colours are around you? Take time throughout the day and really appreciate these impressions.
6. Turn off distractions Being with yourself and focusing your thoughts is easier when distractions are turned off. A timeout from media will calm your thoughts. Consciously spend some time away from distractions every day.
7. Turn towards whatever does you good
There are things in our lives that we see as bothersome, time-consuming or exhausting. On the other hand, there are things that are energizing and fulfilling. The more clarity we have about what does us good, the more we can turn to those things. You will never be able to ignore the less nice things completely, but by pursuing the positive things, you’ll have more energy to handle them.
8. Clean up after yourself
Try to leave a place the way you found it. If you drop something, pick it up. If you’ve maybe spilled on the furnishings, wipe it up. If you’ve used dishes, wash them or put them in the dishwasher. It will result not only in tidier surroundings; it also awakens your mind to deal with what effects we have on our surroundings.
You can read the full article HERE.