Where to start with mindfulness
Mindfulness is simply the ability to be involved, present and aware of where you are, what you are doing and why you are doing it. It also involves not been over reactive or overpowered by your surroundings.
Naturally, each and everyone of us has mindfulness however it is easier and more available to us when practised every day.
Bringing awareness via your senses to exactly what you are doing, how you are feeling and what you are thinking is an example of being mindful. It is thought that being mindful is a way of training your brain, resulting in remodelling of the physical structure of your brain.
Mindfulness not only brings benefits to emotional and physical health but can also have positive effects on the friendships and relationship in life. Becoming mindful of your emotions can pull you out of negativity, bad moods and stressful situation. Understanding and being aware of what situations cause these negative emotions can build resilience to them, creating a less stressful future.
Practice these simple mindful exercises to create a more positive daily life:
One of the most traditional and popular ways to achieve mindfulness is meditation which involves locating a comfortable, quiet place free from distractions and silencing your mind. Use these techniques to get started and practice removing distractions and focussing on your mind: https://www.verywellmind.com/practice-basic-meditation-for-stress-management-3144789
#2 Deep breathing
An activity we do every millisecond of the day without evening thinking might just be the answer to mindfulness. As you go about your daily activities you can practice being mindful. Breathe from your stomach rather than your chest. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Focus on the pattern of your breathing. If you are stressed or upset, increase your focus to bring your breathing down to a calm and collected rhythm.
#3 Listening to music
Often used a therapeutic medicine, classical or slow-tempo music is beneficial for its soothing and calming effects. Focus on the sound and vibration of each note and how the music makes you feel. If thoughts come into your head, acknowledge that you have noticed and slowly return your attention to the present moment and the soothing music you are listening to.
#4 Observing your thoughts
Most people live busy, hectic lives which involve running about doing 10 things at once. This creates a stressful life, with thoughts constantly racing through their mind. The thought taking 10 minutes to sit down to meditate and forget about the endless list of things to do, does not appeal to many. However, instead of working against the voice in your head and getting involved, sit and observe these thoughts. By withdrawing yourself from these thoughts and solely being an observer, you will find your mind quietens and your thoughts become less stressful.