7 Ways to Add Mindfulness Into Your Life
For most of my life I have worn the multi-tasking queen as a badge of honor. I enjoy it when my life is moving quickly and I’m jumping from task to task accomplishing everything I can.
Sounds familiar right? There aren’t many people I know that do not live their life like this. After all, life is full of careers, children, family, grocery lists, weekly cleaning to-dos, hours at the gym...the list of responsibilities goes on and on.
With all this busyness, it can be difficult to be present, difficult to focus on the details of any given moment. Often, the beautiful details of life are only remembered when looking back on a moment. Those are the things we look back on and miss.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we were able to presently consume and experience these details before their passing? Beautifully enough we can!
Mindfulness allows us to be present and focused on what is happening right now, rather than stressing about yesterday’s decisions or tomorrow’s to-do list. It allows us to make the most out of every single day and every single moment.
Implementing Mindfulness Practices Into Your Life
I realize that living mindfully is easier said than done. It’s a habit that is not easily picked up. It takes practice every single day. Some days may be easier than others but as long as you make it a point to try to practice mindfulness every day, eventually you’ll start to notice some changes in your life.
Because I know how difficult it can be, I wanted to share with you some mindfulness techniques I try to use in my every day life.
Savor Your Morning
The quiet of the morning may be the most peaceful time of day. It’s quiet, calm, relaxing. Treasure this moment. Get up before anyone else in the house, maybe brew some coffee or tea and sit somewhere quiet. Focus on your breathing, your body, the smell and taste of your beverage. Savor the moment. You’ll start your day slower and with more focused intent.
Eat Without Distractions
This is a difficult one; trust me, I was that person for years that checked Instagram or continued to work while eating (I am still guilty of this one sometimes, oops). Put the phone away, turn off the tv, get away from your work and enjoy your food. Food is AMAZING! Savor every smell, texture, taste. You’ll enjoy eating so much more.
Work with Focus
Every morning I write a list of things I need to get done that day. I make it a point not to focus on them all at once. I complete them one at a time, crossing them off the list one by one. Feeling more accomplished as I progress through the list. By focusing on one task at a time I am able to invest all of my energy into that one thing, I am able to work more intently.
Every day we have to communicate with others: at the grocery store checking out, speaking with our boss/coworkers, discussing our days with our significant others, etc. Actively listen to what they are saying, really listen, don’t just wait till they’re done so you can respond. Feel what they are saying. Think about what you are going to say before you say it. Every moment we communicate with others is an opportunity to learn something new, to help someone, to spread positivity into the world.
Appreciate Your Workout
Exercising mindfully requires a lot of focus and attention but the calmness and rush of feel good chemicals you get from exercising, make it worth it. It can be easy sometimes to let your mind wander; you don’t want to be at the gym, you just want to be done, at home, relaxing with your feet up watching Netflix. Do your best to focus on what you are presently doing. Appreciate everything your body is capable of.
Exercise is actually what sparked my interest in mindfulness. I wanted to learn how to intertwine this calmness and focus into my everyday life and viola mindfulness!
Use Essential Oils
Every day when I get home I start my essential oil diffuser, usually lavender or peppermint. Lavender is amazing during the day while you’re working. It is calming and helps you refocus. Gives you more energy to kick your mindfulness back into gear! I’m not exactly sure what peppermint is supposed to do but it calms me after a long days work. Check out all the scents and see which you respond to.
End Your Day with a Routine
Oh the joy of laying in your comfy bed after a long busy day. Am I right? You all know what I’m talking about. You’ve been running around all day competing task after task, your brain is mush, you want nothing more but to sleep but your work is not done. Your mindfulness journey continues. After all, why wouldn’t you want to be more present during this relaxing part of the day.
I suggest starting a night routine. I enjoy laying in bed, in the dark, eyes closed, and reflect on the day. I focus only on the things that took place and what I am grateful for. This is also the perfect time to journal: write down 3 things you are grateful for, 3 amazing things that happened today, 3 affirmations for the day. The Five Minute Journal: A Happier You in 5 Minutes a Day is absolutely amazing and will help you do just that! End your day with gratitude.
As you can see, you can practice mindfulness the ways above or while you do pretty much anything. While you’re cooking meals, brushing your teeth, drinking your coffee, driving to work, walking outside, cleaning your home, etc.
As long as you require yourself to be present, focusing only on what you are doing in that moment, intently conscious of the little things, the environment around you, your feelings and experiences, you are living mindfully.
What are some of your favorite mindfulness activities?
Be sure to check back in exactly a week. I’m going to be practicing meditation for 15 minutes every day and sharing my experience!!