Stress, toxicity and negativity are common for many people, but it doesn’t have to be. Practicing mindfulness daily trains your brain to focus on the good; to find the positivity in every moment, situation and day. But how do you start being more mindful? It’s actually quite easier than most people realize. You just have to learn how to bring your attention to the beauty that surrounds you.
Morning mindfulness is a great way to start your day, as it puts your mind in the perfect position to embrace positivity. Here are some of our favorite ways to practice mindfulness in the morning.
Before your feet touch the ground, take a couple of minutes to give your body, mind and spirit a good stretch. Reach through your fingers, wiggle your toes, roll your shoulders, scrunch your face, and release any tension and negativity leftover from the day before.
However, the key isn’t to just stretch; it’s to truly focus in on the sensations that occur while you do so.
Once you’ve woken up your mind, body, and spirit, spend a few moments to bring your attention to your surroundings. Bring your awareness to any smells that are in the air, the way your cozy blankets feel on your skin, the bright colors shining through the small opening in your curtains, and any sounds you can hear. Notice them; accept them, be present in your surroundings.
Although there really is never a bad time to meditate, morning meditation is often hailed as being the best time to calm your mind, body and spirit. It makes sure you wake up on the right side of the bed and in the right mindset. So, before you even jump in the shower, grab your meditation pillow and get comfortable. Meditate in the morning for a couple of minutes and inhale the energies you want to accommodate your day.
As the midday crash begins to creep in, it’s important to take a couple of moments to practice mindfulness to re-awaken your mind, body and spirit. Here are some easy ways to practice mindfulness whenever and wherever you are.
Put the yawns at bay and bring your attention to your breathing. Listen, feel and hear every inhale and exhale you take, and envision the positivity and energy you want to carry you through the rest of the day.
Reawaken yourself midday by doing a quick body can. It’s one of the easiest mindfulness activities you can do, and one that takes very little time to complete. Simply bring attention to the different parts of your body, starting at your head and working your way down to your toes. Focus on how the particular parts of your body feel, such as how your clothing feels on your skin or the sensations that spread throughout as you bring attention to that area. Notice any tingling, soreness, heavy or light feelings, and then let it all go with a long, deep breath.
Take a couple of moments to list the great things that have happened throughout the day so far. Perhaps it’s being grateful that you have a job to go to so you can pay your bills and live a great life or maybe it’s being grateful for the nutritious breakfast you had that prepared you for the day. Even if you’re having the worst day of all, find something great about it and take a couple of moments to focus on that.
Before you jump back in bed, practice these mindfulness tips to allow yourself a restful and peaceful night’s sleep that prepares you for the next day.
You deserve to do something that you enjoy each and every day. Perhaps it’s watching your favorite television show, coloring in an adult color therapy book, taking a warm, soothing bath or taking the dog for a walk. Whatever it is, give yourself a minimum of 15 minutes each day for some “me time”.
An excellent mindfulness exercise to do as your day comes to an end is the self-inquiry meditation. This activity allows you to bring awareness to the ins and outs of the day, so you can rest your mind and bring peace into your mind, body, and spirit. It’s also really easy to do!
Create a list of questions to ask yourself each day, such as:
These types of questions will help you deal with all the thoughts and emotions of the day, while also allowing you to focus on self-love and self-awareness.
Take five minutes to be in the moment. Turn off the technology, put your smartphone and tablet to the side, and just sit on a comfy meditation pillow for 5 minutes. Use this time to recollect your thoughts after a long day, and to count your blessings. This will put your mind at ease as you prepare to head into a new day.
Allow daily mindfulness to bring self-awareness, appreciation and positivity into your day – all day long. If you’re new to mindfulness, these exercises will take some effort but before you know it, you’ll find yourself practicing mindfulness naturally and effortlessly throughout the day. And the sooner you start, the better!
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