By Mrunal Nikam / 28 Dec 2021
There are constant changes in life each day. Sometimes it all feels entirely peaceful and easy, focused on the goals of life, away from the attack of wandering thoughts. As we all are aware, our day-to-day life is spent juggling between multiple tasks at one time. At the end of the day, we are left craving for peaceful, solitary moments which we barely get. However, once we are wholly focused on the present moment and mindful of the task at hand, it brings content, reduces anxiety and calms stress. The practice of being mindful, also known as mindfulness, steers all of your attention and awareness to the present can welcome a plethora of benefits to your mental, emotional and physical health, as well as to the other things in your life.
To attain its many benefits, here’s some tips on how you can practice everyday mindfulness in different yet simple steps:
1. Mindful Eating
When you are just gulping meals like a food marathon whilst being distracted by the phone, TV, computer or an ongoing conversation, the delicious taste and smell of the food is not felt wholeheartedly. Moreover, you may also unknowingly feel less satisfied and nourished, as you 'missed out' on the fact that food was eaten. In other words, don't attempt to multi-task when it’s meal time. Simply gaze all of your attention on the food that is in front of you.
2. Mindful Walking
Have you ever paid attention to the minute details around you like the earth touching your feet while walking? In conclusion, when you’re wandering out, notice the movements of your body in coordination with the surroundings. Pay attention to your feet lifting up the ground and landing back on the ground. Notice your body muscles moving and supporting you. Observe each aspect of the elements around you- what you see, what you hear, what you do. You will discover a whole new world you didn’t even noticed before.
3. Pay Attention to Your Breathing
Natural things like breathing are often not paid too much attention to. But when you start give attention to it, it takes you to a world that is out of your mind and into your body, thereby freeing your mind from other thoughts. Once your mind is away from meandering thoughts and stress it is reminded of yourself as a whole person, your inner self awakes, and disturbing thoughts calm down.
4. Sense Connection
Each of you five senses - touch, smell, taste, sound and sight, are the ultimate door to welcome you back to the present moment. However, when you are lost in thoughts, your senses don’t quiet pick up the moment you are experiencing. When you wake up in the morning, pause to absorb the taste of your tea or coffee. When you take a walk at the beach, breath in the freshness of the seashore air. While walking around the garden, fill yourself with the beauty and diversity of flowers in it. On your visit to the restaurant, inhale the aroma of the foods passing by your table. Notice the grass brushing against your feet. The coolness of water and soap on your hands as you wash your hands. Give love and attention to the simple actions you carry out throughout your day, and you will be amazed how much joy and satisfaction it can reap.
5. Take Breaks Between Tasks
Take your time to listen and listen to the birds chirping around you in the morning. Feel the up thrust of the body when you get up from your chair at the office. Pause and wait when you are ringing the doorbell and listen to it ring. Taking mini breaks in between the actions in your day can ground you, keep your mind focused, and recharge you up to perform the next task.
6. Listen Wholly and Solely
Most of the people truly listen during a conversation. Sometimes it’s because they are thinking what they should say next, respond or getting lost in their own world. So keep in this mind the next time when you're participating in a conversation, make sure you wholeheartedly listen to what the opposite person is communicating, without being distracted by your own thoughts. Trust your gut to give the correct reply to the receiver when it's your turn to talk.
7. Do What You Love the Most
All of us have certain hobbies or activities that we enjoy- these connect you to your inner self thus refreshing you. It could be anything ranging from cooking, dancing, singing, writing, swimming or even sports. The reason we love doing these activities is because we get soaked up in them to the extent where we don’t see anything else other than that. Try to give at least some time, if not much, for things you are passionate about in your everyday routine, and you will see your happiness increase.
Build patience and calmness through meditation. Not just that, it positively impacts you hugely in all aspects of your life. Meditation doesn’t have to be hours long. Just 10-15 minutes each day also makes a great difference. Start with small initially, then build up the duration. In this way, you will feel much happier, calm and healthy in your mind, body and soul.
9. Go on Trips
Who doesn’t like a good vacation? There are so many reasons that you feel so good on holidays. Once you’re out of your everyday monotonous space, your body feels a certain kind of relaxation and gets refreshing vibes. Your mind automatically becomes more focused on the present and mindful just because there are so many new things to see, sounds to hear and things to feel. Slowly and steadily, your senses get fully activated and it helps frees your mind from the everyday stress. Travel not anytime soon? Don’t worry! In that case, you can try something new in your daily routine. Both these strategies will have the same effect on you.