How to build mindfulness? 9 habits you can practice every day
Being mindful in everyday life isn’t easy. Our now hectic schedules have become practically hardwired to be consistently running in stress mode. Yet retraining our thoughts and actions to be mindful is very simple. All you need to do is return your attention to the present moment throughout your day. Let’s have a look at the daily habits You can practice every day to build mindfulness. Read on!
Here are Daily habits to build mindfulness:
1. Start your day with a smile
Before you are going to do venture a toe outside of your duvet, take a moment to simply smile. Doing this one simple thing has scientifically proven benefits, activating super friendly neural messages within your brain and releasing those awesome feeling, happy hormones – endorphins, which are powerful pain relievers and depression beaters.
2. Drink your cup of tea as if for the first time
Being mindful is very much about appreciating the moment, whatever the moment may be. So with the first few sips of your tea, take your time to taste it as though you’ve never drunk it before. Sip slowly. Notice how warm or cold it may be. Take in the smell.
3. Notice how you are being
Wherever you are in your daily routine and whatever you may be doing, you can always take a moment to spend time yourself. Ask yourself what qualities you have? Are you experiencing stress? Are you bored? Perhaps you’re happy.
4. Take a break from your screen
Screens have become more ingrained in our daily lives. So let’s switch things up a bit by switching off for a bit. Just take the time from the screen. Look around. See what is going on around you. Pay attention to how you’re sitting, whether you are tense and notice your facial expression, which will more often than not be set into a deep, concentrative frown. Pause, reset, take a few breaths.
5. Be mindful of your words
We live in a world where patience is no longer just a virtue, but a seemingly non-existent value. And within this world, we converse, chat, and communicate faster than ever. Make a change by becoming mindful of the words that you speak.
Truly listen to what someone is saying by taking a second to digest all that they have spoken. Be aware of what you’re saying; choose your words carefully and transform to talking consciously, rather than reacting with words without your mind in gear.
6. Take a breathing space
Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, focus on your breathing. Focus on your breath. Think about the physical sensation of breathing, of the air traveling in and out of your body. Deep breathing has a lot of benefits!(read more about it)
7. Notice a moment to be grateful for it
Every day there is at least one moment to be grateful for, it’s just that we’re so busy tidying, cleaning, shopping, working and well, you get the picture, to really notice them. So take a moment out of your day – and tell yourself, what can you be thankful for right now?
8. Look up at the sky
Take a moment to look up to the sky. Notice the color, whether there are clouds and ponder just how vast the sky is, and how the never-ending space beyond on is proof that miracles do indeed really happen.
If you collapse into your bed at night with aches and pains or struggle to get off to sleep, the chances are that your body has been tensed up all day. Take time to frequently check your posture and body sensations that give you a chance to get rid of unhealthy, unhelpful habits.