You’ve probably heard the term ‘mindfulness’ being thrown around a lot lately. But what does it actually mean to be mindful? Basically, mindfulness is defined as the ability to be fully present in the moment. These days we have plenty of distractions — thanks, technology — and it’s becoming more rare to be left alone with our thoughts. So living in the moment is a lot harder than it sounds!
But there’s a reason everyone is talking about it. Mindfulness has numerous benefits that can positively affect every part of your life. From decreased stress to increased concentration, being ‘present’ can make us happier, more satisfied people. Sounds good, right?
If you want to be a part of the mindfulness movement, you’re at the right place! Here’s a list of ways you can begin being more mindful:
1. Focus on one thing.
A key to being mindful in your day-to-day life is being fully aware of what you’re doing at any given moment. How many times have you been blow drying your hair while reading a text and listening to music? Or walking down the street while scrolling on Instagram and listening to a podcast? Try and pick one thing at a time and give all your concentration to that thing! Drinking a smoothie? Drop everything else and focus on the taste, the texture, the colour, the smell. Notice how it feels in your mouth and as it travels down your throat.
2. Slow down.
You’ve finished work and rushed to the supermarket. Now you’re trying to work out which line is the shortest so you can get back home the quickest. But why? What is the real rush? We’ve been taught to move quickly and be as productive as possible. Although when we’re obsessed with efficiency, we tend to speed through life and end up missing some important details. So next time you feel yourself rushing, stop. Slow down. Take a deep breath and relax.
3. Ditch the phone.
What would we do without our smartphones? They help us in every aspect of our day. Well, almost. Technology can be a huge distraction when we’re trying to concentrate on something. So next time you’re sitting down to eat, to watch TV or to work, try putting your phone away (and on silent!) somewhere you can’t see it. This will gently train your brain to focus on the task in front of you without getting distracted.
Yes it’s a big trend right now and for good reason! Meditation is a way to calm your mind and slow your thoughts — making you more mindful and present. In our next blog post we cover five tips to kickstart your meditation journey. Stay tuned!