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Mindfulness has been the turning point for me from feeling just okay to finding happiness and peace in my life. It has not been an easy path and I still regularly struggle to be mindful. But, it’s worth every struggle I encounter.
Mindfulness opens up the pathway to becoming your best self, which greatly improves the odds of living your best life. It allows you to be more focused.
Most people think that mindfulness requires the act of meditation or yoga to be successful. It doesn’t. While those activities are important and should be an integral part of our daily lives, they aren’t necessary to be mindful. Mindfulness is something you can practice any time. And you should.
Mindfulness can help you handle difficult situations. It is key to allowing you to live in the present moment. And that, my friends, is important to our overall happiness. Live in the moment. Here’s how.
10 Simple Ways to Be More Mindful Every Day
1. Stretch upon waking
When I get out of bed, I stretch. It helps me to wake up and gets me energized to tackle the day. It doesn’t have to be super involved. Just getting up, stretching your body a bit, and practicing a little deep breathing and you’ll feel fantastic and ready to tackle any moment that comes your way.
The second thing I do when I get up every morning is journal. I also journal right before I go to bed. In the morning journaling consists of writing down a few positive affirmations and writing down my goals for the day. The evening, I reflect on the day. Write down 3 things that I’m grateful for and 3 things that brought me joy. This helps me go to bed with a happy heart and sleep well.
3. Enjoy Your Food
Seldom do we actually focus on what we’re eating, or the actual act of eating. Many, many times we’re multitasking with our phone in hand, or the newspaper, a book, paperwork, something while we are eating. We don’t take the time to appreciate our food, how it tastes, how it feels, how it got on our plates. So, instead of multitasking, single task your meal. Close your eyes and really focus on how your food tastes, it’s texture, think about how it got to where it is.
4. Listen to Music
I love music. Aside from writing, music is probably my favorite way to relax. I love listening to music that makes me feel good. Allows me to relax and reflect. It’s so much better than TV, and can be much more soothing and healing. I recently heard of alpha wave music and I have to say, it’s impact is amazing. Google it and give it a try. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.
5. Be Mindful of Every Day Activities
How many of us brush our teeth without even a thought? Just like eating, we do multiple things every day that we don’t even think about. It’s just “second nature“. But, we should think of these things. So, instead of brushing your teeth mindlessly in a rush to get out the door. Pay attention to the actual activity. Realize how the brush goes across your teeth, how the toothpaste foams, all of it. Do it with other activities that we often ignore, as well.
6. Drink Water
All day, every day, drink water. Put a graph in your bullet journal to keep track of how much you’re drinking. And drink at least 64 ounces daily. It’s good for you, it helps you stay energized, and it keeps you more focused. There’s no crash afterwards, and no empty calories. Drink up!
7. Turn Off Your Phone
Our phones are probably the biggest distractions in existence. They beg for our attention. They have made it so that we don’t even know how to be bored anymore. We constantly need something going on. When we’re sitting with nothing to do, there’s that phone, calling to us to turn on the screen and mindlessly scroll through facebook, pinterest, something. Don’t do it. Shut it off, for at least 20 minutes, and just be. Doing this before bed will be even more beneficial. In fact, keep it off all night!
8. Go Outside
Spending time outside is essential to our wellbeing. Regardless of the weather, the temperature, all of it. We need to be in nature. So, step outside for a few. Close your eyes and breathe in the fresh air. Feel the sun on your face. Enjoy the rain. Catch snowflakes on your tongue like a child. Smell the flowers. Just go out and enjoy the moment.
9. Be Present in the Present
Our minds naturally wander. We can try so hard to be in the present and our minds will wander to what once was or what may be. When you find your mind doing this, gently bring it back to the now. The thing is no matter how much we would like to try, absolutely nothing can change our past. It molded us into who we’ve become and it’s over. And no amount of worry will change the future. Gently remind yourself of this any time your mind goes wandering.
10. Learn to Meditate
Meditation is the key to mindfulness. It allows us to learn how to be mindful. It is the key to the whole ideal. Without it, it is much more difficult to become mindful in any moment. Sit down, close your eyes, focus on your breath, and just be in the moment.
Mindfulness has been shown to improve overall health, improve our brain functionality, and will enable you to be a calmer, happier, more intentional person. These are just 10 simple ways to be more mindful in your every day. What are some of your favorite ways to be more mindful?