According to Google, mindfulness can be defined as “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.” But simply put, mindfulness is approaching the present moment with reflective awareness. This awareness includes being aware of your emotions, feelings, body and overall state of being. Being ‘mindful’ requires purpose and restricts judgment. Therefore, being mindful or practicing mindfulness allows oneself to be fully aware of themselves both physically and mentally in the present moment (without judging oneself). This practice can improve anxiety, stress, and many other conditions greatly.
No matter how busy your schedule is, you can always take a moment to become aware, accepting and open to improve your day and your health. Here are three easy ways to practice mindfulness on a daily basis:
1 – Take one minute to focus on your breathing. Close your eyes and recognize each breath as you breathe. Identify each breath. Feel your body expanding and retracting. Embrace your emotional state and allow yourself to feel those emotions.
2 – Take a break outside. Go for a walk! Or if you don’t have enough time to stroll around, go outside for your break during work. Breathe the fresh air, feel the wind around you, smell the roses (all that good stuff!). Seriously, stopping the daily rush to pause and appreciate the beautiful things around you can actually make you feel more happy!
3 – Play a song. Pick a favorite song (or it can be any song really) and close your eyes. Just focus on listening to the lyrics and understanding them. How do the words make you feel? Absorb this moment and be present in the melody.
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