Guest Blog by Alison Canavan- Wellness Expert and Life Coach.
The term mindfulness has become for many an extra activity that they feel needs to be added to their to do list. However becoming more mindful can actually enrich the mundane activities of everyday life. Being more mindful means that you become aware in the present moment and you actually experience with presence what is happening in that moment.
There are so many ways to do this and here are my top ten:
Start Your Day The Mindful Way:
Waking up and starting your day on purpose, with purpose can change your whole day. Simply taking a few deep breaths upon waking and saying thank you for the day can act as a domino effect for a more mindful morning. You can also set an intention to be more present with yourself and those you meet throughout the day.
So many of us eat in a rush which hinders our ability to digest our food properly and absorb our much-needed nutrients. We can become more mindful by taking 3 deep breaths before we eat and removing all distractions like phones, TV’s and computers.
Taking a mindful walk can not only reconnect you to yourself but also to mother nature helping to ground us. While out walking take in the beauty of the world around you. This will help you to notice the little things we so often miss in our busy lives.
There is nothing more annoying than speaking to someone who is not present and distracted. Giving someone your full attention during a conversation creates a beautiful connection that most of us are missing in our daily lives.
Mindful Social Media:
Become aware of how you feel when you scroll through social media and try not to get lost in hours of needless scrolling.
Make a conscious effort to connect with friends and family whether through text, phone or email. Reach out so they know you care. If you have children being present when in their presence is the greatest gift you can give them.
Shower mindfully: When you shower you can notice how the water feels on your body. I love imagining the water clearing away all the old negative energy and making way for the new each day.
Depending on where you live driving can be a stressor. Try and use your time in the car as a way to reconnect with yourself. I love playing games like every time there’s a red light I take a deep breath or I think of something I’m grateful for at a red light.
Become more mindful at work: Tackling one thing at a time at work and giving it your full attention will help you to become more productive. This also brings a sense of purpose and focus to your workday helping you to feel more in control and less overwhelmed.
Mindful Bedtime Routine:
Before you go to bed at night it can be helpful to scan through your day and let go of anything that doesn’t serve you and stresses you out. I like to take a few deep breaths and set an intention for a good night’s sleep. This is also a nice opportunity to practice gratitude and choose the one thing you are most grateful for that happened that day.
As you can see from all these examples, bringing mindfulness into your day is a lot easier than you think. Being present for ourselves more brings a beautiful quality into our lives. Living more mindfully creates an essential space for us that is lost in today’s world. This space enables us to make better decisions for both ourselves and our loved ones. We all want to be happier and more at peace in our lives. The only way to truly achieve that is to consciously slow down and start actually living our lives, instead of allowing the outside world and chaos to dictate how we live.