Published May 15, 2017 at 12:36 pm
I don’t have time to be mindful, do I?
Yes, you do! It can be a very easy ‘mind’ workout that can fit into daily activities very easily. I do mindfulness whilst walking, it’s a great way to think about me and my life. Controlling our thoughts and focusing our energies inward can combat the stresses of everyday living and can have a huge impact on our mental health. Being more aware of yourself and your current surroundings can be pay dividends in the long run. Future thinking is so much more helpful than harping on the past.
Try to think of an activity that you normally do on ‘auto pilot’ brushing your teeth for example. Try to think about the motion of your toothbrush, the feeling on your gums, the smell of the toothpaste, the temperature of the water, how the towel feels on your hands and face, the sound of the water etc. This is instead of thinking what’s for dinner or the next episode of your favourite soap.
Be mindful on your journey. Whether this is driving, walking or public transport, try to be aware of your surroundings and how you fit into them. Listen to the sounds, the conversations around you. Listen to the engine of your car or bus, listen to the other cars on the road. If you walk it’s even better as you will be bombarded with different sounds.
Being mindful at work and at home can be easily achieved. By giving yourself a bit of breathing space can pay rewards for the rest of the day. Why not take a few minutes at break? Find a quiet place (bench outside) or even the loo! Close your eyes and take a slow deep breath in, think about the physical impact this has on you. How does your chest feel? Is the breath warm? Feel your muscles relax as you breath out. Now focus on your breathing, if you wonder off try and bring your thoughts back to the present and your breathing.
This will help you to feel calm and is great for post meeting stress or to simply do at lunch time. It will set you up for the rest of the day.
Mindfulness, like everything takes practice so don’t be disappointed if you wonder for the first few times. Let it go and start again! You won’t regret it and will almost certainly reap the benefits directly.
You could even start a group at work………..there’s a challenge!