Life can feel a little overwhelming. Most of us are guilty of spending a lot of time thinking about the past or future and focusing a little too much on these thoughts can increase feelings of anxiety and stress which blows any concerns out of perspective and prevents us from being present in the moment.
So, making more effort to be ‘mindful’ can allow you to establish a better relationship with your surroundings, yourself, and the people around you.
1. Consider your relationship with technology
We live in a digital age which means it’s almost impossible to live without technology. And while devices and tools are useless and allow us to stay connected and entertained… they also prevent us from staying present and maybe focusing on what really matters.
Here are some simple tasks that will have a big impact on your relationship and usage with technology:
- Download software that records and/or limits your screen time. When you’re aware of how much time you’ve spent looking at a screen, you’ll be eager to put it down.
- Delete any apps that you don’t regularly use.
- When you’re considering a ‘Netflix binge’, consider a book you’ve been trying to find time to read or going out for some exercise.
- Put your phone away or even turn it off when with family and friends.
- Schedule time to check your emails rather than constantly checking them throughout the day.
2. Consider your relationship with food
Many of us see meals as something to be eaten in Infront of the TV or often eat in front of our laptop/computer whilst working.
However, there is a lot to be said about savouring and appreciating the food we consume. Mindful eating has been shown to benefit both our physical and mental health by aiding healthy digestion, preventing us from overeating, and encouraging an appreciation for the food we have. Consider eating more slowly and thinking about every mouthful, the taste, the smell, and the texture.
3. Practicing meditation
This is one of the most effective methods to enable you to get in touch with the present moment. The techniques intend to encourage a heightened state of awareness and focus. By focusing simply on your breath, the way your body feels and sounds, and smells around you, you can begin to have an increased understanding of yourself and others. Studies show that as little as 5 minutes a day can reduce anxiety, improve clarity and even combat physical health problems.
So there you have it, 3 very simple tips that everyone and anyone can practice to embrace mindfulness!