Mindfulness is about becoming fully aware of what’s happening in the present moment. And in today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to miss what’s going on around you.
Many people go through the motions of their daily routines without being fully aware of what’s actually going on around them. Whether they’re distracted with something that happened yesterday, or they’re worried about something that might happen tomorrow, they’re missing out on what’s happening right now.
Research shows mindfulness benefits brains and improves emotional behavior. Attention spans improve, better mental health, and they become more resilient to stress.
There are many ways to practice being more mindful. Here are 5 simple but effective ways to practice mindfulness.
Pretend to walk on thin ice
Become more aware of your body and it’s movements. Pretend you’re walking on thin ice and have to move slowly and carefully around the room.
Work it out bit by bit, “You’re picking your right leg up slowly and carefully putting it back down.”
Smell the Roses
Scent is a great way to become more aware of the here-and-now. Simply find a flower or an orange peel and close your eyes and concentrate on what you smell. Spend a few minutes just paying attention to the aroma. Then, “What do you think of that smell?”
Sense of smell can remind us to literally stop and smell the roses sometimes!
A simple way to quiet your mind is to pay attention to breathing. Close your eyes and count breaths.
Think “one” when you inhale and “two” when you exhale. Simply return to counting when the mind wanders.
Become more aware of your breath and how your body and lungs feel when you’re mindful.
Savor the Flavor
Savor the flavor. Take a specific piece of food, like a piece of carrot or a raisin, play with texture.
Look at the piece of food for about a minute. Then, place it in your mouth but don’t chew it right away.
Instead, pay attention to how it tastes and how it feels in the mouth. You may experience textures or tastes you’ve never noticed before.
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