The past several months have been testing our patience, compassion, and ability to emotionally cope. In these unprecedented times, where so much seems out of our control, one thing we can manage is our mindfulness and awareness. We put together a few tips for practicing daily mindfulness incorporating mindfulness into our daily lives.
Bring awareness to daily tasks
A good place to start is by bringing focused attention to one or two of your daily tasks, like preparing your morning coffee or making your bed. When doing these tasks, slow down and observe each step of the process. Watch closely and think about your movements and intentions, and focus on how you feel and how your body reacts to each action. Starting with these small tasks can show you how much capacity there is for awareness in every moment.
Be intentional with technology
Technology and social media, although full of possibilities for learning and connections, can easily disrupt our attention and mental state. Try to set an intention each time you pick up your phone or go on the internet. Ask yourself: What am I here to do? Focus solely on that task and, once you’re done, step away. Being intentional with your use can help you redefine your relationship with technology, freeing yourself from its distractive hold so you are able to be present in each moment.
Set aside dedicated time to meditate
Whether you’re using an app like Headspace or simply tracking your breathing, make sure you have a dedicated time to do so. Meditating can be difficult or awkward to get into at first, but consistency is key. Begin with five to ten minutes of focused attention per day. Though beneficial at any time of the day, meditating in the morning after you wake up can help set the tone for further awareness throughout the day.
Expressing gratitude goes hand-in-hand with mindfulness. When we consistently reflect on the things we’re grateful for in life, we train our minds to notice positives. In the morning when you wake up, write down three things you’re grateful for, and follow it up with 3 things you appreciated during the day before you fall asleep.
Go at your own pace
Lastly, take your time and be patient with yourself as you begin to incorporate mindfulness into your day. Remember to be patient and kind to yourself. Mindfulness is a gradual process that cultivates with time.