My mindfulness journey has been an interesting one. When I first realised all the benefits I was still skeptical and didn’t really fancy it. I decided to give it a go anyway because I really couldn’t ignore everything that I was reading about all the benefits.
It took me a while to get consistent with mindfulness, I’d meditate two days in a row then not for 2 weeks and this continued for a while. I felt like I didn’t really connect with it, like because I was getting distracted I wasn’t any good at it.
Turns out that getting distracted is half of the point of mindfulness, being able to stay in the present moment even when thoughts come into your head is the whole point. Since then I’ve become more committed and have practiced mindfulness daily in many ways that I will share with you today.
I always start my day with a few minutes of breathing. Just sat in my bed, upright with my eyes closed focusing on my breath. How it feels, how it sounds, where I can feel it etc. To get started I’d recommend listening to a guided meditation, and as you become more experienced you’ll be able to do this on your own without the guide. This is a great exercise to use throughout the day, in times of anxiety or stress to instantly calm and relax yourself
Every meal time I make the effort to be mindful. I have no distractions when eating – no TV, phone etc. I focus on the smell, taste, texture and everything about the food and really take it in. I eat slowly and mindfully, taking the time to relax and be calm. I have found that this makes meal times so much more enjoyable, I enjoy my food more and feel much better mentally too.
Whenever I am walking anywhere on my own I use this time to be mindful of my surroundings. I look around me at everything in the environment – the trees, flowers, cars etc. I think about what I see, what I hear and just take the time to really enjoy and be in the present moment.
4. Body Scan
This is how I end every day. When I get into bed and lie down ready to go to sleep I focus on each part of my body, starting with my toes. When thinking of the body part I allow the area to relax and settle ready for sleep, I usually find I don’t even get to my head as I’ve already fallen asleep or am feeling very calm and relaxed in my whole body already. It’s a great way to wind down and have a restful and good nights sleep.
5. Guided Meditation
I love using guided meditation in my morning routine, I usually search on YouTube or listen to one of the many mindfulness podcasts I’m subscribed too. It’s amazing how many are out there on different topics. You can search anything – positivity, motivation, anxiety, stress relief, productivity. Literally, anything that you need for that day I guarantee it will be out there.
I hope you’ve found this useful and you enjoy your mindfulness journey like I have mine. Please feel free to share yours in the comments.