**THIS IS A GUEST POST. The opinions expressed are that of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect my own.
Your day-to-day activities offer several opportunities to practice mindfulness. These easy practices will breathe space into your otherwise hectic routines.
Wondering what’s being mindful or what does it mean to practice mindfulness?
It’s a way of meditating where your focus is on being aware of what’s you’re feeling and sensing at that moment without judgement or interpretation. It involves guided imagery, breathing methods and other practices that help relax the mind and body and reduce stress.
We’re all guilty of spending too much time brooding over negative thoughts, daydreaming, problem-solving, planning. Over time, all of these tend to durian our mind and body. This makes you more prone to depression, anxiety and stress.
This is where mindfulness comes in. It helps you direct your attention away from this and focus on what truly matters.
Benefits of Being Mindful
The overall evidence based on numerous studies and research indicates that meditation helps various conditions such as:
Preliminary research also indicates that meditation can help individuals suffering from fibromyalgia and asthma. In fact, meditation enables you to experience emotions and thoughts with greater acceptance and balance. It also helps:
- Improve diabetes control
- Improve sleep quality
- Decrease burnout
- Improve concentration
- Increase resilience
- Slow ageing
Here are the top 4 mindfulness activities you can practice throughout the day:
#1. Practice Gratitude
I can’t emphasize how easy and effective it is. When you practice gratitude, you take a few moments to take into account all the things you’re grateful for or all the positive things that are taking place in your life. This little trick helps you disengage and focus on the good rather than the bad.
Rather than mulling over the negative aspects of life, you can focus on the positives that’ll help you create a better future.
Journaling as little as 5 minutes every day will have a tremendous effect on your life so start writing down 3 things you’re grateful for every day.
#2. Fire Up Your Senses
This is one of the easiest ways to staying mindful and bring your attention to the present. You can do this any time of the day. Stop what you’re doing and just absorb what’s going around you.
What can you see? What kind of noises can you hear? How many scents can you smell? Whatever you’re doing, wherever you are, pause for a few minutes and focus all your attention in those moments.
Observe everything using all your five senses to bring your mind to the present moment.
#3. Say Yes to Mindful Eating
Most of us don’t pay attention to what we eat. It may be because we’re busy on our phones or our eyes are glued to the television.
Research has shown that mindful eating helps aid digestion. So the next time you sit down for a meal, put away your electronics, chew and swallow your food mindfully and notice the difference.
You’ll be able to understand a lot about your eating habits such as:
- Do you like to eat fast or slow?
- Do you inhale your food or chew it?
- What all flavors can you easily identify?
You might even discover other things that would make you take up an online cooking class.
#4. Say Yes to Active Listening
How often have you found yourself zone out when the other person is speaking?
We tend to tune out about halfway before that person has even finished what they were saying. Or we’re busy forming an appropriate answer without bothering to hear anything further.
Try active listening whenever you have a conversation.
Focus all of your attention on what the other person is saying. Remember to use your ears, intuition and heart to listen.
The quality of your conversations will change tremendously.
The Wrap Up
There you have it – 4 mindfulness techniques that you can practice every day.
Remember to commit to it so that you can reap the benefits in the longer run.
Which was your favorite technique? What do you do to be mindful? Tell us in the comments section below.
About the author;
Shristi Patni is a content writer and owner of F and B Recipes. She enjoys writing about Intuitive Counseling and Spiritual Mind Treatment. Formerly the Chief Content Officer at Raletta, she is currently working on her second cookbook. Website link: https://fandbrecipes.com/