Mindfulness practice is not always revolutionary, but can still be challenging to work into our busy lives. When a conscious effort is made to incorporate mindful activities into our day-to-day, a huge overall positive difference can result. Read through the list below and add in any strategies which you think would be a good fit for you.
Disconnect from your device
Our smartphones and devices follow us everywhere we go and often work follows us home with emails and unrealistic deadlines. This becomes a constant distraction and doesn’t allow your mind the time it needs to recover. Turn off notifications whenever and wherever is feasible. Close laptops and leave phones on silent for an extended period of time and learn to cherish that time by spending time with friends/family or doing something that brings you joy.
Take the time to sit down and eat your meals
Too many people eat in a rushed manner, on the run, in front of their computer or don’t eat at all. Give yourself the time and permission to relax, chew your food slowly and enjoy your meal in peace. This will give you a breather and help activate your parasympathetic nervous system necessary to promote healthy digestion.
Tune into your breath
Whenever you feel overwhelmed, take a few deep breaths to reset and calm your nervous system. This can help to break the vicious cycle of mounting stress and often give you the time to think more clearly.
Connect with Nature
Playing with an animal or spending time in nature is shown to be a very therapeutic activity to help with decreasing stress and improving relaxation, happiness and clarity.
Take the scenic route
Whenever you have the opportunity, break out of the tendency to rush everywhere. Give yourself time. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park as far away from the entrance as possible. Choose the longest line at the grocery store. These strategies will seem counter-intuitive but will help decrease stress and promote relaxation throughout your day.
Going for a run/walk without device or listening to music
Allow yourself to unplug from work and stressors. Take in your surroundings, noticing the subtleties of your environment and your breath.
Take a Bath
Had a stressful or strenuous day? Feeling difficulty unwinding? Treat yourself to a warm relaxing bath with
epsom salts to help your body and mind relax and recover.
Do something artistic or creative
Playing an instrument, sketching, coloring, knitting, dancing or simply listening to music are all examples. Such activities can provide a balancing force to our work routines and provide a great deal of joy.
There are infinite individual strategies to promote mindfulness. If you have your own ideas that will help you to unwind, relax, center your mind, etc. Go for it!