I talked about a lot of ways on how to incorporate mindfulness in certain situations like dealing with difficult people, achieving acceptance, being aware of your negative energy, and all the things you should know about this practice, but I still haven’t shared with you how to apply it, and how we can put some mindful practices into our everyday life.
So, for today I will be sharing with you some super easy practices that count as being mindful. Who knows, maybe you are not aware that you have been doing this all this time!
People are so busy every day that they think there’s no time to take a break and analyze what has been going on with their life. That is because we have this automatic way of thinking that keeps us set in our ways.
And yes, these simple mindful practices that I’m about to share with you are so easy, yet there’s one thing that will hinder you from maintaining this day by day. And that is your automatic mind.
Anyway, without much ado, try to do these simple mindful practices every day and let me know how it goes!
Tuning into your breathing is one of the basic mindful practices
The first and simplest mindful practice you can try doing every day is mindful breathing. Every blog that I read, and also those meditation videos that I use when meditating, they always–if not, so often–say that tuning into your breathing makes you aware. This means that this basic act makes you mindful.
Making aware of your breathing is being mindful.
As a more profound explanation of why noticing your breaths or your breathing pattern counts as being mindful, it traces from the process of anchoring yourself back to the moment.
Whenever we feel like there’s an endless chatter in our minds, we ought to find something to bring us back. And aside from other things we can do to make us consciously present– like moving our fingers and toes, noticing how our weight pushes us down when we sit, or listening to the wind coming from our window– breathing is the most constant thing that happens at the moment. It is always present.
This mindful practice is the best and easiest way to anchor our wandering minds. And so, this first tip is very important for you to understand. You may want to start with breathing exercises every morning. This will help you cultivate your mindful state.
If you don’t want to do breathing exercises, another situation where you may practice this effectively is whenever you feel stressed, anxious, or if you’re on the verge of intense emotional involvement. This will surely help you get away from the thoughts in your mind.
Try to appreciate that you are actually, with full intent and awareness, breathing in and breathing out. For all those times that you barely notice that you are breathing and alive at this moment, think about it and try to let them flow in your mind.
You might want to read more of some tips on how to effectively focus on your breathing:
- Take a few deep breaths
- Focus your attention to your breathing
- Breathe in a normal pattern but with intention
- Notice how your chest moves up and down while you breathe
- Notice those short breaks whenever you go from inhale to exhale
- Repeat it a couple of times so that you will get a hang of it
- If you’re done, relax your attention
If you noticed, doing this exercise will feel like you have nothing in your mind but your awareness of your breathing. For a moment, you are not in your thoughts, and you are just present as if there’s nothing else there but you and your breathing.
Asking yourself how you’re feeling
Here’s one mindful practice that can also help you self-reflect. This may come off a little bit weird but how do you think some people meditate and self-reflect? They start by asking themselves a question. In this context, asking yourself what you feel is simply focusing on your internal (emotional or mental) state.
Don’t do this while washing the dishes, that’s not being mindful at all! And besides, being mindful of your feelings requires a bit of internalizing and honesty. It’s like writing a mental essay of your answer to the question, “How Do You Feel Today?”
Unfortunately, this isn’t just an essay. It’s more of a personal journal in your mind. This is you figuring out your true sense at this very moment.
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You can do this mindful practice at the end of your day before you sleep. Try to be honest about how you felt this day. Did something go wrong? What did you feel about it? Self-reflection is a very crucial and helpful practice of self-care.
Being mindful of what you feel, approaching it without any judgment– just letting it be there– and with compassion, also accounts as a mindful practice that we can easily do as much every day.
Wake up and set your intentions for the day
One effective way to set your mood right for the day doesn’t take an hour. And that is, setting up your intention. Your everyday mornings are very important when you want your day to work out fine.
Setting your intentions for the whole day isn’t practically making a to-do list and getting them done. More simply, it means to try to think of the things that you expect to happen for today.
What do you look forward to? Do you have things you’re excited to do today? What do you expect to feel for today? Sit down and take a moment to think about this.
When you do this practice, you are actually teaching yourself to be mindful throughout the day. Starting your day with intention is also getting ready to be aware of the things you expect coming your way.
Once you’ve finished figuring out how you intend to work your day out, welcome all the things that will happen that day. As we always say:
Another day is another endless list of possibilities
Try to do things one at a time
Here is another one of those mindful practices that have been found to be very effective in our line of work. We have become really good a multitasking, don’t you think? And for some good reasons, multitasking is very useful on a busy day. But do we really need to multitask every day?
To tell you honestly, multitasking is one of the products of having an unmindful mind. When we multitask, we focus on getting things done at once rather than attentively doing those things presently.
In worse cases, we become impatient, we lose our temper. And then when push comes to shove, we wonder what could have gotten wrong. Well, I’ll tell you what went wrong:
You are doing things automatically.
Do you really want to multitask everything you do in life? If not, then try to do things one at a time. Mindfulness is about having your attention focused on what you currently do and not thinking about getting it done.
Savor the current moments when you read a book, write a novel, and cook that delicious dinner. I’m sure you’ll get more sense of what you do and produce better outcomes for your tasks.
Listen more intently today
Another mindful practice which you can definitely do every day is exercising your mindful listening skills by letting your body and your mind indulge with some music and some sounds present around you, like the sound of the TV, the sound of your keyboard when you press those keys.
Listening to someone can take more effort than just listening to random sounds so I think you should start off with the latter one. The key is to let your body respond to what you listen to and pay attention to how it makes you feel.
Sounds can physically manifest through your body; it’s what those horror movies do! They can be tricky and drive us emotionally engaged.
Have you tried watching a horror movie without those ominous sound effects? No, because that would be boring, right? The goal of the movie is to make you feel scared too, and those sounds have a great impact on your emotional state.
Hearing something that happens at the moment renders your awareness fully functioning. This means that you become conscious of what’s happening around you.
Listen to someone’s story
If you’ve managed to become aware by listening to those sounds around you, try to add more comprehension and compassion to your listening skill. Talk to someone today and ask how they are.
They will probably tell you a story, give you a rant, or whatever they feel like sharing. Listen to the voice of that person. Do they sound mad? stressed? happy? or do you sense worry through their voice?
When listening to someone, it’s important to remove all judgments and emotional attachments aside to be able to look at things more objectively, and ask yourself, what do you intend to happen if you listen to that person?
Do they just want someone who can listen to them or someone who can give them advice? Regardless of which, try to take it all in and cultivate compassion and understanding for that person. This will make it wise not to respond quickly and take a moment to think before sharing your thoughts.
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Be mindful with what you eat
Mindful eating is honestly one of my favorite mindful practices. This helps me enjoy the food that I eat and appreciate how it helps my body. Being mindful while eating also gives you time to chew and savor your food, which is a healthy habit, by the way.
Don’t just stuff food down your throat, it’s unhealthy and it’s also responsible for weight gain. Try and concentrate on what your food really tastes like. This may help those taste buds become sensitive and your cognitive tasting ability might enhance.
When you become aware of your own breath, aware of the touch, feeling, taste, smell, and the sounds reverberating around you, congratulations, you are fully present. You have managed to escape your mind and be alive at the moment.
Have you done anything listed in this post? What did it feel like after? Are you doing it every day? What other mindful practices are you doing?
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