What is Mindfulness? And why you should try being mindful every day?17.09.2021
It’s not surprising that so many people are turning towards mindfulness to reduce burnout and improve their well-being in today’s fast-paced and demanding modern world.
What is mindfulness? How can one practice it?
Mindfulness is sometimes misunderstood as a state where only positive thoughts are permitted. This misconception can deter people who believe their mind is too busy to be mindful.
True mindfulness is not a “good vibes only” approach, which more closely aligns to toxic positivity. It refers to a state where you are fully present in the moment, noticing sensations and thought patterns without engaging in them or judging their intrinsic positive or negative qualities.Regular mindfulness practice results in better stress management, memory and concentration, better work performance, deeper and more restful sleep, and better stress management.
You want to be more mindful, but don’t know where to begin? Read on to learn how you can reap the benefits of mindfulness every single day.
Meditation can help you to be more mindful
Although meditation has become more mainstream, many people remain skeptical or have yet to find the right type of meditation. For most beginners, it is impossible to attend a multi-day retreat or find a quiet time each day to meditate.
Begin with small steps by only doing two to five minutes per day of guided meditation in your own home at a time that is most convenient and enjoyable.
You might consider including a brief meditation practice in your morning or evening routine to help you get into the right mindset for the day.
People are often busy and eat breakfast while on the move or eat lunch while at work. However, distracted or mindless eating can have adverse side effects. These include eating too fast, which can cause indigestion and discomfort. Not allowing your body to recognize the food you eat can also lead to overeating.
Try mindful eating. Sit down at a table and eat slowly. Take the time to enjoy each bite.
It is easy to forget how important food is in our modern world. However, it is possible to take the time to appreciate food and have a better experience. Some studies even suggest that this can prevent diabetes.
Despite the benefits of exercise for physical and psychological well-being, people are becoming more sedentary. There are many barriers to exercising. These include financial and time limitations, but mindfulness may be the key to keeping active, despite your busy schedule.
Mindful movement is about observing the connection between the mind and the body, and paying attention to the sensations that exercise can evoke. People often “zone out” during running or workouts. However, staying present and mindful while exercising can help reduce stress, improve performance, prevent injury and make it more enjoyable.
A yoga class that includes Pranayama, which focuses on the connection between movement, breath and movement, could be a good place to start exploring mindful movement.
Be mindful at work
While mindfulness can increase work performance and lead you to a more fulfilling career, it can also feel like a chore on busy days. There are many ways mindfulness can be integrated into your daily work routine to increase focus and productivity.
You can be more mindful at work by reducing multitasking, consciously focusing only on one task at once, and creating a mantra that expresses gratitude for all the opportunities presented to you at work, even those that present challenges.
You can practice mindfulness at work by taking 30 seconds between meetings or tasks to focus on your current moment and committing to be fully present and paying attention to the task at hand.
Mindfulness is a habit that can be formed
You can streamline the integration of mindful practices by setting reminders that prompt you to pause and reset at regular intervals throughout your day. Keep trying different approaches until you find one that works for you. There are many ways to be mindful. The goal should be the journey and not the destination.
Mindfulness is about accepting where you are at the moment and working towards your next steps. It can help foster calmness and empower you to face your challenges with grace and awareness.