05 Apr Mindfulness: 3 Ways to Be More Mindful
Mindful is a big topic at the moment, and for good reasons as well. There are more and more scientific studies that show that practising mindfulness helps to reduce stress, anxiety and depression as well as making you more present in the moment helping you to live each moment to its full capacity!
If you are really serious about getting your mindfulness on then I would definitely recommend booking yourself into an 8 week Mindfulness course that can explain exactly how to practise mindfulness in a supportive group. MBSR stands for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and MBCT stands for Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. Both of these are pretty much the same course and you will find the same content in both (depending on the teacher of course) so which ever course is best suited to your dates, times and locations is the one you should go for!
Mindfulness at Home
If you don’t have time to attend a MBCT/MBSR course then there are few simple things that you can do at home to integrate mindfulness into your daily life.
1. Take some time to breath
Close your eyes and focus on your breath. Listen to the sound of your breath. Feel the parts of your body that move when you breath. Notice which part of your body you feel the breath the strongest, it might be in your chest or in your nose. Focus on that area for a few minutes. When you are ready, open your eyes.
2. Concentrate on your food
So many of us are guilty of eating mindlessly in front of the TV or while reading a book. How about spending one meal a day sitting at a table completely focused on what you are eating? By focusing on every bite you take, you are staying the in present moment and enjoying your food rather than focusing on what is on the TV or living in the past (remembering) or in the future (planning or worrying). You may find some other surprises from doing this such as feeling fuller quicker or finding out how different a food tastes when you really focus on it.
3. Notice your surroundings
I really love this one. It is so simple yet we rarely do it. Stop what you are doing right now – yes, stop reading this post just for a moment and look around you. Look at your surroundings with fresh eyes. See the different colours around you and the objects you can see. Also focus on what you can hear, see and smell. By doing this you are bringing yourself into the present moment and not spending your time living in your phone, computer, past or future.
Be here, now.
I hope you find these tips for bringing mindfulness into your life helpful. Do you have any favourite ways you like to be mindful?