4 Ways to Be Mindful Every Day
Definitely all you negative thinkers out there, you have some company; there’s a lot of positive thinkers that just get… Posted by MindShift Academy on Wednesday, September 28, 2016
EVERY kid should learn how to bring mindfulness into everyday situations. Mindfulness is the ability to experience the world clearly. It also known as awareness, or being present, and can be learned or picked up easily. It is something we can all do and continue to do, even if it’s something we may not like or agree with at first.
Try meditation to practice mindfulness on a daily basis and see what it does for you. My personal favorite is walking on a treadmill and breathing deeply for 5 seconds. That brief awareness has turned into consistent mindful journaling on a daily basis. Whether you are on a job, preparing for your baby shower, going to class or training, being mindful each day can make a big difference for your life and the quality of your life overall.
In honor of National B and B Day (September 16th,) and National Mental Health Awareness Week (September 24th – October 1st,) we will be celebrating the key to best mental health: Conscious thinking.
Learn how to be mindful in everyday situations with these tips and practice:
1. Stop and think about everything
Most of us are so busy that we put off this everyday task. We wonder how did we ever survive in daily life without deliberate thought. It really doesn’t take long, just take 5 seconds and set aside a moment each day to be aware of what’s going on in your life. Even though we may sometimes think our situations are trivial, it’s important to notice all the intricate details that go into it, even if it’s something as little as checking your watch to see how many minutes left. Being mindful makes this simple and can offer you powerful insights in regard to your experience, perspective and of course, feelings.
2. Count your sensations
As is the case with mindfulness, this practice takes some doing. It can take even less time to watch a show instead of talking about it. Paying attention to the sensations at the smallest detail of that show can actually bring you a lot of peace and provide you with new information. Try counting all the looks, bumps and ticks as you watch. When you count how many times the actor looks up at the audience, try different things and keep track of how many times you have thought about the show during that time, or any of the actors during the show. Learning to pay attention to your emotions, emotions of others, process it in a conscious way and then dealing with the situation at hand can provide you with new insight that can never be taken away. There is a science behind this, there is something called the 5 Second Rule. The 5 Second Rule is actually a demonstration on mindfulness where it’s taken as an example to remind us to be present and really pay attention to what is going on around us.
3. Rethink your experience
Imagining out loud, actually envisioning your experience completely is another great way to be mindful. When you are enjoying a movie with your friends, and one of your friends goes on stage, we can just imagine that they go crazy, scream and yell at the top of their lungs. This is a way to be mindful for a few seconds at a time.
4. Allow different experiences to happen
With mindfulness you can allow different experiences to happen at your own pace. Some experiences won’t come anytime soon and are usually no big deal. For example, we may wish that something happens during a class that we love, but we can allow our mind to wait for those feelings to happen when we can experience that in the moment. In this way our mindful state allows us to experience and unpack different feelings on a daily basis. It’s a great way to slow down and be present with whatever is around you.