Mindful Living

Begin your Journey To Calm

How to practice mindfulness

Mindfulness does not have to be time consuming. You do not need to take time out of your possibly already busy day to do it! Below are some examples of how we can take mundane every day activities and turn them into mindful moments.

We often have more time than we realise. If you are someone who spends a lot of time on their phone, mindlessly scrolling through social media you may benefit from spending that time on a mindful activities instead! Or f you commute to work, school or college, that journey could be used as an opportunity to find a few moments of peace and mindfulness.

Everyday Mindfulness Exercises.

  • Mindful eating

    A bowl of oatmeal topped with strawberries This involves paying attention to the taste, sight and textures of what you eat. For example, when drinking a cup of tea or coffee you could focus on how hot and liquid it feels on your tongue, how sweet it tastes or watch the steam that it gives off. Try mindful eating during all of your main meals. A good way to do this is to remove all distractions such as your phone or work. This allows you to focus on only your food, and to fully experience your meal.Mindful eating may improve our attitudes towards food food and our relationships with food. It also allows us to focus on our bodies cues, such as the feeling of hunger and the feeling of fullness

  • Mindful moving

    A woman practicing yoga Notice the feeling of your body moving. You might notice the breeze against your skin, the feeling of your feet or hands against different textures on the ground or nearby surfaces, and the different smells that are around you. This activity could be done on your walk to or from work, school, or college. You may also go for a stroll or jog through your local park while practicing this activity. Many people enjoy practicing mindful movement during a gentle yoga class.

  • Mindful colouring and drawing.

    A collection of colouring pencilsFocus on the colours and the sensation of your pencil against the paper, rather than trying to draw something in particular. You could use a mindfulness colouring book or download mindfulness colouring images. Mindful colouring has benefits including stress relief, inducing a meditative state, distraction from negative thoughts, and an opportunity to disconnect from technology. While colouring may be an activity associated with young children, it can also be enjoyed by teens and adults.

  • Reading

    A book placed on a bed, nect to a cup of tea Reading for enjoyment is a great way to unwind, distract our mind from our busy lives, and take break from screens. Mindful reading is about slowing down the reader. It involves reflection and attentiveness to the text, and letting go of distracting thoughts. Mindful reading allows readers to be completely in the moment and to take full advantage of the benefits of a book break. Reading has plenty of benefits such as stress reduction, developing creativity, expanding vocabulary, and strengthening the brain

  • Journalling

    A person writing in a journal Journalling can be done daily, weekly, monthly or any time you feel that you have thoughts you wish to explore. As we live our daily lives, we don't always have time to process the events of our days or how they make us feel. Journalling provides writers with an opportunity to reflect on their day and to process their thoughts and emotions in a way that they otherwise may not have done. Journalling encourages writers to take a moment for themselves to focus on their inner thoughts and emotion. Journalling is an excellent tool for self-expression.

My mindfulness routine

You can practice mindfulness in whatever way makes you feel good. There is no set of rules that you must follow. Incorporating moments of calm into my daily routine has helped me to deal with stress and anxiety, and has improved my overall mood massively. To read about my own personal mindfulness routine, click the botton below!

Tell me more!