Mindfulness is the latest buzzword on the scene, and there’s good reason why. Surprisingly we’re only just beginning to understand the amazing benefits of mindfulness for optimal well-being and mental health.
But let’s face it, taking time out to meditate is often the last thing on our priority list. It should be the first, but somehow binge-watching Friends, even though I’ve seen it a million times, seems to be my go-to cure for crippling anxiety.
Sadly, majority of us aren’t going to take 10 minutes out of our day to sit with thoughts like , ‘Have I hung the washing out? ‘What should I make for dinner tonight?’ And my all-time favourite, ‘I wonder what my ex is up to these days’.
But it’s not all bad team, because here are five easy and practical ways you can add mindfulness into your day!
1. Be present
It’s hard to be present in a world full of distractions. Whether you’re someone who scrolls mindlessly on Instagram, or you get from A-B without experiencing the journey– you might want to focus on *actually* being present.
A great way to achieve this is by tuning into your senses and noticing the world around you. What do you feel, hear and see? This helps you to be present in the here and now.
2. Start your day the right way
When your alarm goes off, do you A) hit snooze, and pretend all your troubles will disappear? Or B) yell at your alarm, because your alarm is the epitome of everything that is wrong with the world.
Shifting your frame of mind from negative to positive each morning will help you to stay mindful for the duration of the day. Rather than enviously-stalking Europe spam on your phone *self-included*, take ten deep breaths as soon as you wake up or try these amazinggggg yoga stretches in bed.
3. Don’t use technology to distract how you are feeling
When I’m an anxiety-ridden mess, which is most days, I grab my phone and watch videos of people failing miserably at life, because it makes me feel better about myself.
But what I’ve learnt from this is that technology can act as a barrier to how we genuinely feel. So next time you reach for your phone– think, do you really need it? Can that text wait? Will seeing photos of Greece inspire you, or do the opposite? Because at the end of the day, your mental health should be your main priority. That square-brick that makes you escape reality for a moment won’t be there to catch you when you fall. Your mind will. So nurture it!