The best way to find inner peace is starting practicing mindfulness: the ability to be fully present at the moment – to focus on where we are and what we’re doing without allowing other, intrusive thoughts, worries, or fears in our minds.
Mindfulness sounds pretty simple in theory, but surprisingly it’s not. It’s difficult to focus on the here and now without letting all of the things that are vying for our attention to take hold and send us into a stress-induced state.
In a world full of doing, doing, doing, it’s important to take a moment, to just breathe, to just be.
In this post, I’m going to share with you some simple tips of mindfulness you can start introducing in your daily basis:
✨ Try aromatherapy. Scent can evoke vivid and realistic memories. When we smell good things, we feel better.
✨ Break the bad habit of checking your email and phone dozens of times each day. This can create real stress and anxiety. This change will allow you to be more productive and focused.
✨ Plan for tomorrow. This not only gives you more time in the morning, but it also makes your life calmer and simpler, allowing you time to plan ahead.
✨ With our busy and distracted lives, it can be easy to forget about showing appreciation to the people we interact with every day. Take some time to show gratitude for the people around you.
✨ Review your day. Mindfulness takes commitment and patience. Check your daily progress and how these new habits are impacting your state of mind.
✨ Declutter a space in your home. This is a path to healing emotional blocks and inner confusion. Create a calm, peaceful environment.
✨ Connect with nature. Take a few minutes out from your morning routine to spend outside. This can have a profound effect on your mental and physical well-being.
✨ Stand up and stretch. Studies have shown that your body can benefit from simply standing up, stretching, and moving around for a few minutes.
✨ Try mindful coloring, this has been shown to have many therapeutic benefits.
✨ Enjoy a time out. Go somewhere quiet for a few minutes. The stillness can help you feel refreshed.
✨ Just breath. Notice your breath and how it feels. Follow this through your body and repeat.
✨ Hug someone tight and take 3 big breaths together. Breathing will ground you.
✨ Try a 4-minute meditation. Set a 4-minute alarm on your phone, sit comfortably, close your eyes, and breath naturally. If your mind starts to wander, bring it back to your breathing.
✨ Sit up tall, with your back straight and shoulders relaxed. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths in and out. As you inhale count to one and slowly exhale. Inhale again counting. To two then exhale. Repeat this cycle for as long as you need.
I decided to split this post into two parts so that it is not too overwhelming. Part 2 will be available on the blog next week. Stay tuned! 😊