What it Means to be Mindful
If you read our post on meditation, you know that there are many types of meditation but that a key part to each one is mindfulness. Practicing mindfulness can be done throughout your day, no matter what you are doing! It simply means being focused on the present moment.
You can think of meditation as the structured practice to strengthen your ability to be mindful in your everyday life. Meditation is like the gym; mindfulness is your fitness level. They go together!
We live in a world of constant input and this makes it easy to get distracted or turn our minds on to autopilot. However, this can negatively impact our daily experiences and relationships.
When you’re mindful, you unlock benefits of:
- Reduced stress
- Improved performance
- Increased insight and awareness
If you find yourself feeling distracted in daily activities, overwhelmed, anxious, or stressed, try one of these mindfulness techniques:
- Practice gratitude: write down a list of things you’re thankful for in this moment!
- Set a daily intention. Some examples are: “Today I will be kind to myself, will stay grounded, have fun, try something new, etc!”
- Pause and take 5 slow, deep breaths
- Remind yourself that you can only control this single moment. Don’t regret things that happened in the past and don’t worry about things in the future.
- Shift your mindset to the fact that things are happening FOR you, not TO you.
Navigating this world is tough! Be kind and patient with yourself. Acknowledge your emotions and thoughts as valid, but try not to let them overwhelm you. Enjoy and live every moment.
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