With all the challenges we’ve faced in 2020, there’s never been a better time to take up a wellness-boosting mindfulness practice.
You’ve probably heard of “mindfulness” from someone’s self care list, a yearly resolution, or TED talk. If you’re wondering what mindfulness looks like, it’s actually quite simple. Mindfulness practice is all about living presently and intentionally. With calmness and compassion in mind, practicing mindful awareness can definitely help benefit your daily life and wellbeing, especially if you deal with stress, anxiety, or depression.
Practicing mindfulness can have a positive effect on physical and mental health—which is exactly the pick-me-up everyone is craving right now. And luckily, setting up a regular mindfulness practice is easy with our five simple steps. Keep reading to learn more about how to set up an easy mindfulness practice plus some great gift ideas for giving the gift of mindfulness to someone else.
1. Research & Choose a Ritual
A quick Google search will show that there are literally hundreds of different approaches to mindfulness and even more ways to practice it. That’s a good thing because there will definitely be a mindfulness practice to suit just about any lifestyle and mindfulness needs and goals. Whether you’re looking for a mindfulness meditation technique or a daily breathing exercise, spend a little time exploring the options and select something that works for you.
2. Get the Right Tools
Mindfulness doesn’t require a lot of tools to practice so don’t let the word “tools” be off putting. The idea here is to intentionally employ physical items to help build out a mindfulness ritual. For example, consider a blank or guided mindfulness journal to help with stress reduction, special tea mug for practicing mindful tea drinking, or a scented candle for mindful aromatherapy. These tools can be newly purchased items or items you already have at home. And don’t think too small, a mindfulness tool could even be a comfortable chair in a quiet room where you plan to sit during your regular mindfulness practice.
3. Set a Schedule & Stick To It
The benefits of mindfulness kick in with repetition, so setting aside a specific time each day and a specific location to practice mindfulness exercises is a must. And while setting a schedule may seem like one more thing we just don’t have time for, keep in mind that a multitude of mindfulness practices take just a few minutes and can even be done while lying in bed. Easy mindfulness techniques can include mindful breathing, sitting meditation, journal writing, or reading! With all these options available, it doesn’t matter so much as how you choose to practice mindfulness, but rather that you stick to your regular practice on a consistent basis.
4. Say, Tech-No
We’d like to suggest putting down your device when you practice mindfulness to support present-moment awareness. Of course, there are plenty of mindfulness apps that are absolutely wonderful for mindfulness training, and you should use them if that’s what works for you! But research shows that taking a digital break is great for your mental health and can improve things like sleep, productivity, and mindful awareness. You can even turn actively putting your device down into a mindfulness practice of its own! So rather than reaching for your phone, try a mindful breathing exercise, walking meditation, or other non-digital practice.
5. Don’t Overthink It
While taking on a mindfulness practice might seem like too much or too complicated, remember the best thing about practicing mindfulness is that it’s inherently simple, incredibly versatile, and can be done virtually anywhere. So go easy on yourself, focus on your present wellbeing, and don’t sweat the details. There aren’t any formal mindfulness rules or techniques—the important thing is that you take time out of every day for you.
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