Living in a hyper-connected world, the ability to remain grounded and calm when exposed to over-stimulation or daily stressors, is an increasingly important practice. That’s where mindfulness comes in.
Mindfulness is the idea that by connecting ones’ inner and outer worlds, such as what is going on inside your mind, when compared to your immediate surroundings, it’s possible to reach elevated levels of awareness and connectivity.
But how do you impart mindfulness in your daily life? Many jump to excuses such as being too busy, not having enough time, or assuming the process of mindfulness to be complex and difficult.
As you’ll discover today, mindfulness should be treated as a consistent practice, one that requires sustainability over time in order for it to become a habit. However, it can take as little as five minutes to do depending on the hack you use.
An Attitude of Gratitude
One of the best ways to tap into the benefits of mindfulness is by starting up a daily gratitude practice. Practicing gratitude can help you to recognize and honor the importance of your energy and protect it, preventing others’ moods from interfering, external stressors from impacting your psyche, or just helping you to see life and its offerings in a different light.
A morning gratitude routine can be as easy as sitting down to write three things you are grateful for. To get the ball rolling, here are some ideas:
- Sleeping in on a Sunday morning
- A great clean beauty skincare routine
- Enjoying your morning coffee
- Tending to your plants
- Time spent with family and friends
Stay Present with Meditation
Most people’s minds are constantly pulled in several different directions at once: Grocery shopping, finishing work tasks, completing household chores, or attending their weekly exercise class.
There are also the numerous stressors, and anxieties we encounter, that we have no control over: A driver experiencing some serious road rage, a family member being irritating, negative videos, images, and people in general on social media.
The practice and art of meditation is about connecting with your breath, and calming your monkey mind, a Buddhist concept that refers to one’s brain being restless, or unsettled.
Granting yourself the time for stillness, engaging with your surroundings, then turning inwards to follow the breath, can be a deeply rewarding experience, offering both physical and mental health benefits.
For the busy individual, meditation does not have to be a time-consuming process. Apps like Insight Timer and Headspace offer free accessibility, as well as premium plans, for 5 minute meditation practices, some even in less time if you review these apps’ offerings.
Engage your Creative Mind
Engaging your creative mind helps to focus on one task, while reducing overwhelmed feelings, such as having too much to do when our mind is scattered.
Most of us have some form of creative hobbies that we can easily spend a few hours on. Personally, my creative hobbies include writing, painting by numbers, and solving puzzles.
However, engaging your creative mind could look like going for a walk and getting curious about the colors and greenery you see, or journaling. It’s ultimately about engaging in something you enjoy, and throwing your full awareness and attention into it.
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Lindsay Stroud is a freelance content writer and ghostwriter from Vancouver, Canada. She has previously been published on The Urban Dater. Lindsay is always open to discussing projects and opportunities with passionate brands and businesses and is currently accepting new clients. Find her online at lindsaystroud.com or connect with her on LinkedIn.