The art of living mindfully is something that we all can learn to do in order to be more present. It’s easy to get lost in the day-to-day grind of life.
We worry about what we should be doing next, how much money is left in our bank account, and why things didn’t go exactly as planned.
But living mindfully means living with awareness of yourself and your surroundings.
It means living in the moment without worrying about what will happen tomorrow or even an hour from now.
The art of being mindful can help us all feel less anxious about the future or find enjoyment in everyday tasks that we would usually dread because they are boring or tedious.
Living mindfully: 6 Easy Ways to start practicing mindful living
Practicing mindfulness can be as simple as taking time out of your day for things like meditation, yoga, doing something creative like painting or drawing, gardening or anything else that brings you joy.
Here are 6 simple ways to help you get started to live a little more mindfully:
- Learn how to meditate. It’s reported that people who are new to meditation but practice regularly experience a decrease in anxiety, better moods and increased levels of empathy and compassion for others.
Learning how to meditate makes it easier to control your emotions so they don’t spiral out of control when something negative happens (e.g., getting passed over for a promotion). So each morning, try taking some to practice meditation. You could even start by just five minutes a day.
- Do something creative for at least fifteen minutes each day, whether it be painting or drawing. This is not only great to do on your own time but also a good way to relieve stress.
- Get outside more often and walk around the neighborhood you live in–take notice of what’s living there (and maybe even take some pictures!).
Learn how to identify different trees that are unique to your area; this will make you feel really connected to where you currently live.
And if you live in a new area, taking walks can help you get acquainted with the place and all its beauty.
- Be conscious of what you feed your mind and body. Just because you can eat or drink something, doesn’t mean that it’s the right thing for your mind or body.
- Be mindful of your time. If you’re living mindfully, then every moment needs to be treated as precious and important–so don’t waste it on anything unimportant or unnecessary that doesn’t bring any joy into the world!
6. Practice yoga or tai chi. Both have been scientifically proven not only to make people feel good mentally and physically but also teach them how much power their body has even if they’ve never exercised before!
And the best part is these activities are accessible no matter where you live: all you need is some floor space and a mat!
Utilizing tools and tips to live more mindfully and become fully present each day
Organize your living space.
Create a living room, kitchen, and bedroom that you love by clearing out the old to make way for new furniture or simply rearranging things so they’re utilized more effectively.
Remember: every single object has meaning–and if it’s holding too many mixed feelings or memories then it may be time to let them go in order to live with peace of mind.
Turn off all electronics at least an hour before bedtime each night.
They emit blue light which can interfere with melatonin production (the hormone responsible for telling us when our bodies are tired), making sleep difficult.
Practice mindful breathing throughout the day – even while going about your daily routine!
Inhale deeply through your nose while counting to five, then exhale fully through your mouth while counting to six.
This technique is a great way of keeping your mind from running in a million different ways and bringing it back to the present time which is now.
You can also use mindfulness apps like Headspace and Calm.
These apps have guided instructions, breathing exercises and many more.
It doesn’t matter what you write in your journal as long as it helps get thoughts out that are on your mind.
Exercise at least 30 minutes per day.
Physical activity stimulates our brain so we may be more attentive, creative, and motivated throughout the day. It’s also one helluva mood booster as well.
Just find what you enjoy doing the most such as joining a local fitness class; running, biking, swimming etc. There are many options out there to suit your needs.
Smile as much as possible.
Even when things aren’t going according to plan. A few seconds spent smiling can trigger and release endorphins that translate into a happy feeling.
Meditate for at least five minutes every day.
The first few days are the hardest, but after, it becomes easier to mediate on a regular basis. Meditation is about being present with yourself, living in the moment without judgement or expectations of any outcome.
It’s important not to get frustrated if you feel like your mind won’t stop running; this will only make matters worse by creating more stress hormones from our body. Just be patient and find what works best for you!
Seek out a new experience.
As you experience different things in life, you will expand your mind and be able to view the world in a new light.
Spend some time in nature.
Let your mind ponder about how everything is interconnected as you sit under trees or by the ocean without distractions like technology or social media.
It’s human nature to sometimes want what we don’t have and forget about all the good stuff in our lives.
Be thankful for everything you do have, even if it seems unimportant like having an amazing cup of coffee or being able to sleep through the entire night without any disturbances.
Kindness can be shown by just saying hello to someone when they enter a room or not rushing them out before they have their fill of food at dinner!
Kind words go such a long way and make people feel so much better about themselves. They brighten up our day because kindness shows that we care about each other.
What are some benefits of living mindfully?
- You live in the moment and appreciate all that you have.
- Living without attachments to things that won’t last such as materialistic things and even relationships. As we grow, things in our life will constantly change and evolve.
- Living with less stress because there is no need for constantly worrying about things that happened in the past or that will happen in the future. You learn to accept whatever may come your way.
- Living without regrets. As humans, we are living with an expiration date and there is no need to spend our time living in regret of what could have been done differently or things that were not said.
- Living a quality life where you can be fully present for the people around you because if your mind always going back into your head then those who matter most will never really get to know all about you!
- Living without fear of judgement from others. You pursue an authentic life where you do not have to live up to what society thinks is “right” or what should be.
Practicing mindfulness is not easy at times, but it can be rewarding.
When you take time to focus on the present moment and live in the now instead of dwelling on past regrets or future anxieties, your life becomes that much more meaningful.
We hope this blog post has given you a few simple ways to start incorporating mindfulness in your day to day.
Which tips will you start to use to start living mindfully? Let us know in the comments below.
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