In today’s fast-paced environment, being mindful is actually a skill that takes time and effort to develop. Being more present in the moment and more conscious of our surroundings can lend itself to increased productivity and happiness. However, it does require real work to improve. Don’t be discouraged though! We’ve got 5 helpful tips that can get you on track to being more mindful today!
1. Start Out Small
It may be tempting to jump in head first and state that you’re going to be mindful all day long. However, when starting out it’s best to try and focus for just a few minutes at a time a couple of times of day. This allows your body and brain to ease into the process. This also sets you up for better success overall. If we go into the task with the idea we need to make massive changes upfront, it may lead to disappointment later on.
2. Practice in Your Daily Routines
An easy way to slowly start to implement being more mindful is to incorporate it into your daily routines. Meaning that instead of trying to be mindful during a more complex task that requires a lot of focus, try it with something that you do on a regular basis. This could be anything from washing the dishes, brushing your teeth, walking the dog, etc… Any practice where you can apply new thought to something that you may usually do on autopilot.
3. Don’t Judge Your Efforts
A big key to your success will be to not judge your efforts or experiences. Your mind will wander or you may forget that you wanted to be mindful during a certain activity. It’s totally ok! This is not something one masters overnight. Think of it as a lifelong journey to living a more full life. There is no prize at the finish line, just the benefit of being more in touch with your body, thoughts, and feelings.
4. Kick Off Your Day Right
One way to start integrating more mindfulness is to make it a habit to do it first thing in the morning. Going back to the tip about including it in your daily practices, this is a perfect way to do that! As you go through your normal morning routine, find one or two areas (eating breakfast or making coffee) where you want to take in the sights, smells, and how you feel. Think of it as making a small accomplishment in the morning to start your day off with a success!
5. Find a Cue
If you’re not a morning person, another helpful tip may be finding a cue or prompt to kick your awareness into high gear. Remember there is no judgement behind whatever process works for you. It could be something as simple as walking through a specific doorway or even setting a “mindful” alarm on your phone or watch. Whatever it is that you choose, commit to that practice and you’ll find yourself becoming more mindful in no time!
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