The modern way of life has changed many things, including adding to daily stress. Therefore, it is all the more vital that remain in a mindful state to manage stress and keep a healthy mental state.
Here are simple ways to become more mindful throughout your day:
There are some times within the day when stress gets to you that you find it hard to breathe. At these moments, being more mindful can help you relieve the knots in your mind. Practicing deep breathes at this moment can help to release stress from your body, ensuring that you are easing up when doing your work. It would even be more effective if you deliberately schedule your breathing sessions when you reflect on your day.
Be Honest With Yourself
When practicing yoga, you are encouraged to make an assessment to how your body is feeling. It may be sores or knots, but you must make a general and honest assessment on your body. This can be practiced in everyday life, in which you keep notes about anything that is bothering you. It may be your job, your relationships with people you care about or your life in general.
You can do this by keeping an internal dialogue with yourself on your opinions. There are numerous questions you can ask yourself, including:
-are you comfortable with this?
-is this where you wish to be headed?
-Do you feel safe and supported?
-Challenged, or threatened?
If not these questions, then it may be anything your mind wishes to be. Making your mind wander are some of the most beautiful things in life, in which new ideas may pop up. Don’t worry about going too far, as you can gently bring your mind to focus on something else.
One Thing At a Time
For a couple of years now, the popular phrase has been ‘multi-tasking’. However new research have proven how ineffective it is. It has been touted to make us more productive when in fact it drains our energy faster. Moreover, trying to spread our attention on so many things and keeping up with so many things makes us more prone to mistakes. As a result, we are not more productive but just busier and more exhausted.
Try changing your focus to doing just one thing at a time. Take on each task with full awareness, one by one. When mindfully doing a task, you’re less likely to rush, make mistakes or forgetting details. You’ll find you can be more efficient with the task, and finish it without feeling worn out or tense.
Unleash your Creativity
Creativity is something that comes on hand when you regularly practice mindfulness. Mindfulness practice boosts creative thinking, while engaging, challenging creative work can get you into a flow state of heightened awareness and consciousness.
If you want to become more mindful but are struggling with a silent meditation practice, try engaging in your favorite creative practice, whether it’s baking, doodling, or singing in the shower, and see how your thoughts quiet down as you get into a state of flow.
Seek Out New Experiences
Being more open to experience is a result of living mindfully, as those who prioritize presence and peace of mind tend to enjoy taking in and savoring moments of wonder and simple joy. New experiences, in turn, can help us to become more mindful.
Trying new experiences does not mean that you have to travel constantly, but it just meant that you are open to something new in your daily routine. It can be a new hobby, finding new friends, changing a routine or adding something new to your routine. Doing this will surely make you more open and more mindful to changes coming your way.
Although it may be impossible to become more mindful in a society that requires fast-paced, quick and productive work, it is still possible to take some time to quiet and become more mindful. Taking time for yourself will most probably help you unwind and therefore do your daily tasks more productively while also keep a healthy mental state.
Which routine would you like to integrate into your daily life? Is there any other mindful routines you do?