So, you’ve read “An Introduction to Mindfulness” or have discovered this popular ideology on your own and are intent to embrace this lifestyle. That’s wonderful – We’re on the same page here.
Adopting mindfulness doesn’t have to be (and isn’t) a difficult thing to do though it may often seem like a daunting task. I’ve found that the best way to incorporate mindfulness is slowly/incrementally.
Personally, it is easiest to break down being “mindful” into how it would fit into the different aspects of my life – such as mindful eating, sleeping, and exercising – so that’s how this series will work as well. 🙂 Today’s topic is more of an over-arching, general one however: mindful habits.
These are habits and general tips you can use in your quest to become more mindful right now. Good luck in your endeavor to achieve a more mindful life.
- Practice gratitude and count your blessings. This is a great way to slowly bring your mind to the present and pay attention to the blessed aspects of your life. Try to pay attention to the little(r) things you’re grateful for, too.
- Notice nature. Pay attention to the sunrise or sunset, how the warm beams of the sun flood the landscape and paint the sky in bright colors, as though it is painting a blank canvas. Take note of how the stream by your home trickles or roars through the piles of smooth stones.
- Take time away from technology. This one is pretty self-explanatory, but try to minimize the time you spend on technology each day. Maybe that means reading a physical book instead of a digital one, or trying to decrease your screen time by five minutes until you reach X amount of hours on your phone.
- Positive affirmations and kindness. Be mindful of how you speak to yourself, and mindful as well of how you speak to others.
- Feel what you feel. In other words, accept and be mindful of your feelings and emotions. Don’t push sadness down or bottle your anger. Express your difficult emotions in a healthy way, and move on to a better present.
These are the top five mindful habits that worked best for me in the beginning stages of becoming more mindful, but there are a plethora of other habits as well. Please share your mindful habit(s) in the comments to give others a chance to appropriate them too.
Thanks for reading! ❤