How to Bring Mindfulness to a Busy Life
Sometimes it feels as if the weight of the world is on your shoulders and you just can’t catch a break. The truth is, stress, anxiety and day-to-day tasks can have this nasty habit of of adding up and bogging down your mind. Luckily, with practice, mindfulness can help. Below are a few tips to help bring mindfulness into your life to help you chill out, take a deep breath and relax.
Take a Hike
Sure, it might sound a little hippy-dippy, but connecting with nature is a sure-fire way to ground yourself and get reconnected with the world around you. Our culture moves quick with 24/7 distractions keeping us from the things that really matter. Give your mind a break and walk it out. Mindful people know that a quick walk is an excellent way to calm the mind, facilitate awareness and see things from a new perspective.
It’s all in the breath. Our breath is a tell-all for our overall mental and physical state, coincidentally it’s also the foundation for mindfulness. While it takes some practice, learning to master your breath goes hand-in-hand with calming the mind.
Focus shudders at the idea of multitasking. Many of us spend our days flipping between apps, emails, and text messages leaving little room for our brains to actually compute what’s going on. Instead of divvying your attention on multiple tasks, focus on the task at hand for a given period of time, then take a break before moving on to the next one.
Limit Your Tech Intake
If you’re feeling overly stressed or anxious it might be time to cut back on your technology intake. Practice mindful mobile device usage by setting specific parameters for use and knowing when it’s time to unplug. Most importantly, don’t forget to stash your phone away when spending time with your loved ones to connect with others and live in the moment.
Try Something New
When you prioritize moments of wonder and joy the urge to try something new comes naturally. Go on an adventure and awaken your senses.
Feel Your Feelings
Sometimes the urge to run away from what you’re feeling is the very thing keeping you in a rut. Mindfulness doesn’t mean being happy 24/7, rather accepting the moment and feeling what your feeling. Practice letting go of resistance and control to set your mind free.
Why so Serious
When all else fails, laugh it off. People tend to dwell on their problems, causing much of our distractions to be internal. Sometimes the best thing to do is laugh it off. Research from the University of California Berkley show that the ability to laugh at oneself results in elevated mood, cheerful personality and a sense of humor.
Life can get tough, there’s no doubt about it. Luckily, mindfulness can help you look inward, improve your mood and make everything a little bit better, if only for a moment.