A How-To-Guide to Mindfulness
Anxiety and stress can have a huge toll on your mental health which can impact other aspects of your life such as eating, sleeping, and your social life. With this in mind, learning how to cope and turning the things you are worried about into something you can tackle will boost your overall peace of mind.
A great way to do this is to learn how to practice mindfulness, which is defined as focusing on your awareness in the present moment and acknowledging your thoughts, sensations, and feelings. It’s a self-therapeutic technique that can improve your overall well-being.
In this article, we will be going over tips, tricks, and how-tos to help you reach a state of mindfulness. If you would like to learn more, we encourage you to stick around.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a state of mind. It’s about being present and aware of where we are without being overly reactive to your worries. You might initially think that mindfulness is about meditation, but that is simply a part of it. Mindfulness follows you around throughout the day to allow yourself to relax and take in everything one step at a time.
What are 5 Ways That You Can Practice Mindfulness?
Mindfulness takes a bit of practice, but being persistent and trying to work on it daily will eventually lead to a calmer state of mind where your worries seem to vanish. Keep in mind that if you do need to talk to someone, seeking professional help on top of practicing mindfulness is recommended. But if you just feel you need to reach a certain state of mind, you can use these 5 essential tips on how to practice being mindful.
Put Down Your Electronic Device
We are conditioned to constantly check our phone, emails, and messages. Many of us scroll through social media just to stave off boredom. But taking a break is healthy for the mind and body.
Once you have turned off all your devices, sit or lie down and close your eyes. What are you thinking about? Do you have many different thoughts running through your head? If so, think of something calming instead, feel your breath, realize that you were given life and that whatever problems you may have are temporary. This is your chance to get away from it all and be in your own mind.
Do One Thing at a Time
Doing the dishes, tidying up the house, working on a project, texting back a friend — all of these things can jumble your mind with stress. But instead of worrying about getting everything done at once, do one thing at a time and forget about everything else while doing that one task. You’ll find that looking at things from this perspective will make it easier to cope with everyday life.
Find Meaningful Moments in Mundane Tasks
Do you put off certain tasks because they are simply boring or too much work? Do you have a pile of dishes stacking up and “you’ll get to it tomorrow?” Finding positive meaning in the tasks we don’t like doing is a part of being mindful. When washing those dishes, find something meaningful about it.
Perhaps you can find a satisfying rhythm, think about how happy you will be to see an empty sink and dishes that are ready to be used or look at it as relaxing rather than boring.
Even with seemingly stressful tasks, you can turn it into a game or a challenge and realize you are a capable person and that you can do this — you’ve done it before and you can do it again. Or, if it is a new task, think about the learning experience it can bring for self improvement. There are positives in a lot of things that we don’t like, we often just react more strongly to the negatives.
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While meditation does take practice, once you get it, you’ll find out the mental health benefits that it brings. It’s about finding inner peace with yourself and being aware of where you are and that every moment is momentous. Meditation in mindfulness isn’t about emptying the mind, rather exploring the mind and being aware of the sensations you feel. This crash course guide to body scan meditation will tell you everything you need to know to get started.
Take Care of Yourself and Find What Makes You Happy
Taking care of yourself doesn’t just mean eating well, exercising, showering, and brushing your teeth. Although being aware of how good those things make you feel is a good part of practicing mindfulness, what we mean is take the time to do the little things that make you happy and think about why it makes you happy.
Do you enjoy eating pizza because it is cheesy, savory, and contains your favorite toppings? Why do you like pizza more than french fries, or broccoli? What makes your favorite hobby enjoyable to you? You instinctively know all of this, but asking yourself “why” will help you understand what you like and can apply it to other things.
For example, if you like cycling, is it because you like owning your very own bicycle, you love taking care of it, and you like the sensation of freedom and not being constrained to a car? These qualities can help you understand yourself and lead to new experiences.
How to Start Practicing Mindfulness
You don’t need to start doing the above steps all at once. It can take time to undo years of conditioning, and so doing things one step at a time is going to be key for a lot of people who want to start being mindful.
Pick a step that sounds most fitting to you. Perhaps you want to say “Hey, doing those dishes might not be so bad after all!” and immediately go do them. Or maybe you want to start learning how to meditate right now. The path you choose to take is unique to you.
There are no strict rules to mindfulness, rather there is guidance to help you understand yourself, your surroundings, what makes you happy, and being free from being anxious about common things people stress over. It will take time, but completing your journey will be mindfulness meditation. We’ve carefully curated our own exclusive BrainTap™ packages that help you get better sleep, gain mental clarity and reduce your stress levels – among many other health benefits. Our unique sessions utilize several scientifically-backed modalities to relax, reboot, and revitalize your mind so you can reach your peak potential.