How To Practise Mindfulness
This year has proved to be a trying time, no matter who you are. Even the most cool and calm people are not immune to stress, but they manage to remain collected due to how they deal with that stress.
- Sydney, 24 September 2020 - By Irene Falcone -
Managing our mood and stress levels is all about staying mindful- expressing your gratitude and remaining appreciative of the smaller, simpler things in life. A more positive outlook on life is just one of the many benefits of mindfulness.
Practising mindfulness each day can completely transform the way you live your life. Read on for 4 easy mindfulness activities and ways to incorporate this practice into your daily routines now.
What is mindfulness?
At its very core, mindfulness is really about living in the moment. Mindfulness is the state of being fully present and engaged in whatever it is you might be doing at the time, rather than coasting through tasks on "autopilot." While it sounds simple, learning to practise mindfulness can take some time. For this reason, it's important to think of mindfulness as a practice that you work on every day, almost like learning a new skill, rather than something you simply "do" without reactively and without much thought.
4 ways to practice mindfulness
1. Mindful body and personal care
One of the easiest ways to practise mindfulness every single day is to incorporate it into another daily ritual- like your personal care regimen. Whether this means just enjoying your daily skin care routine, taking the time to dry body brush before hopping into the bath or shower or making time for a weekly at-home spa pamper session, do whatever feels right for you and really take the time to feel present during that little ritual. Pay particular attention to the smells, sensations, and sounds during your personal care routine, and try to appreciate them all.
2. Mindful movement
Mindful forms of exercise that really focus on the act of moving your body, rather than solely the results and just getting through the workout, are another way to ground yourself and return to being "in the moment".
Yoga is one of the most popular forms of mindful movement, though running and nature walks may also produce the desired effect. Staying comfortable during your movement is essential. Try Boody's range of mindfully produced, bamboo activewear to really allow your skin to breathe and your body to move freely.
3. Mindful eating
Practise mindfulness while eating by focussing on your meal and taking care to chew every bite thoroughly and take note of as many flavours as possible. Choose healthy, balanced meals and fresh produce, then take the time to appreciate what you've created. Eating slowly and without distractions such as your phone, TV, or reading material will give you a greater appreciation for your food, and can also help you feel satiated after a meal - which also makes it a good strategy for anyone who wants to lose or maintain weight.
Daily mindfulness meditation can help you become more aware of your surroundings and also encourage you to become more attuned to your different senses. Guided meditation apps such as Headspace and Sattva are a great way to ease into a daily meditation practice. To really tap into your senses and feel present during your meditation, try combining your practice with aromatherapy.
Practising mindfulness daily can help you manage your mood and stress effectively and encourage you to become more aware and appreciative of your surroundings.
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