How often do your thoughts drift elsewhere while you’re doing a task? How many times a day can you count on being in the present moment? With so much going on in our world today, it’s no wonder that so many of us are focused on anything but the present.
Too often our minds are either replaying memories from our past or worrying about our future. Thankfully there are practical ways to redirect your attention and remind yourself to enjoy the moment in front of you. By practicing mindfulness daily, you’re sure to feel more grounded, at peace, and be present in every moment. Here are 4 ways you can start practicing mindfulness today.
1) Focus on Your Senses An effective way to center yourself and bring awareness to the present moment is to focus on your senses. You can do this by identifying what you can currently see, smell, hear, taste, and more. You can also try this with images, like the one above. Here are a few examples. What can you see? Can you describe 3 details? What can you hear? Are there any smells? What can you feel? Is there a cool breeze? What can you taste? Answering these questions encourages your mind to focus on what’s in front of you rather than worrying about what happened yesterday or what’s going to happen tomorrow.
When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love.thich nhat hanh.
2) Take Deep Breaths An important daily practice that raises awareness and releases stress is taking deep healing breaths. Whether it’s first thing in the morning, during your lunch break, right before bed, or whenever your body needs it, it’s an effective way to ground yourself. If you find your mind wandering and unable to focus on your breathwork, which is completely normal, incorporate the sensory questions above with each breath. You’ll find this gets easier with daily practice.
If you’re always racing to the next moment, what happens to the one you’re in? Slow down and enjoy the moment you’re in and live your life to the fullest.nanette mathews.
3) Listen to Your Body We’ve all experienced burnout, fatigue, mood swings, and pushed ourselves to our limits at one point or another. Our bodies are always telling us what it needs and it’s important to tune in and listen. Not too long ago, I decided to take on a very long to-do list in one day. Rather than resting and listening to my body to space out these tasks throughout the week, I ended up hurting my back and was unable to be productive for a few days. When we prioritize our health and wellbeing by listening to our bodies, it gives us mental clarity, emotional balance, and the energy to show up as our best selves.
Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different.james baraz.
4) Check In with Yourself Three great ways to check in with yourself daily include meditation, journaling, and spending time in nature. Incorporate any of these mindful activities in your daily routine to feel more centered. If you’re looking to get started on meditation, I recommend Great Meditation on YouTube. They offer free guided meditation videos that are usually between 5-10 minutes long, which is perfect for beginners or if you have a few extra minutes to spare during the day. Their selection includes meditation for the morning, anxiety, grounding, sleep, and more.
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I hope this post encourages you to slow down and be mindful of your surroundings. What are some ways you practice mindfulness? What are some things you can do today to be more present? I’d love to hear your thoughts. For more posts on wellness, visit my tag here.