When was the last time you were focused on just one activity? Like if you were gardening in your garden and you were just involved in the plants without thinking about your future activities, or you were cooking for yourself, and you were just into smelling the spices without interruptions, or you are driving to home or office and enjoying your ride without thinking anything in mind. Well, consider yourself lucky if you have experience mindfulness while performing any activity. So, what is mindfulness?
What Is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the state of mind that makes you focus on the present moment. It may sound very simple but experiencing it in this hustle-bustle life is quite challenging. Balancing professional and personal life makes one juggle day in and day out. And, one is constantly thinking of the next activity they need to perform to complete the work within the deadline. So, in this article, you will learn eleven easy steps that can help you achieve mindfulness.
11 Best Ways To Practice Mindfulness
1. Practice Mindfulness Meditation
Mindfulness meditation means focusing your attention on one thing: your breathing or anything around you. For example, I take a candle and keep my focus on the candle’s flame and stare at it till I get the tears in my eyes. This type of meditation increases your concentration and balances your Third Eye Chakra. Hence, it makes one more focussed and intuitive.
2. Go For A Walk In Nature
If you are always busy fulfilling your responsibilities and others’ requirements, it is advised for you to take a short walk in nature. The greenery in nature will work as medicine for you. It will refresh you and make you feel nice. You can go to your nearby garden, a beach or in the mountains for hiking. Walking or hiking alone or with your loved one will help you build a strong relationship with yourself and others too.
You can also try to take a break from routine life and go camping in nature. It will help you gain confidence within yourself and let go of your fears and insecurities. So, you are more devoted to your activities.
3. One Work At A Time
The concept of multitasking does more harm than good. It creates more pressure in your mind and even increases the tendency of missing out on some things and errors in the work. Hence, it is best to focus on one work at a time. For instance, if you are working on the official documents, you don’t need to listen to songs. Instead, keep your concentration on office work, and you will find that it gets completed before the deadline.
4. Start Reading A Book
Reading a book can teach you how to be patient and concentrate at the time. While reading the book, you may travel in your train of thoughts, but again you can come back where you lost without wasting time. Thus, start reading a book to be patient and focused in your activities.
5. Get Some Sunlight
There is no doubt that the sun provides us with Vitamin D, but it also cleans our aura. It cleans away the negative energies around you and keeps you surrounded with positive feelings. It also strengthens the immune system that makes you feel energetic.
6. Wash The Dishes
You are reading it right! Doing the dishes can help you to fight anxiety if you do it mindfully. For instance, when you are washing the dishes, you must be aware of your activity. You must smell the fragrance of soap, feel the water temperature on your skin, and later arrange the vessels at its place. Well, the billionaires such as Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos also said they do dishes at their homes in one interview. So washing the dishes work as a stress buster for you and even help you increase your mindfulness while doing simple household chores.
7. Mindful Shower
Having a mindful shower will help you feel more relaxed and rejuvenated for the day. In addition, it will help you to alleviate the stress, tensions, and worries. So, how you can take a mindful shower? First, choose the apt water temperature considering the weather of your location, then add a few pinches of rock salt to the bucket of water. Now, start having a bath with the intention of washing away all your negative feelings. At the end of the shower, you will feel your body is light and ready for a new beginning.
8. Express Gratitude In Journal
There are many benefits of journaling, such as manifesting your desires, feeling happy and blessed, and focusing on your dreams. Thus, writing your gratitude and desires in a journal will help you to concentrate on the goals as it orders your subconscious mind to do so.
9. Practice Self-Love
There is no clear definition of how to practice self-love as it tells you to do anything that uplifts your mood and makes your soul happy. But, it all begins with self-acceptance. Accept your wins or failures, your looks, your mistakes, etc. Once you start accepting yourself, you will start listening to your desires and fulfilling them. And that’s how you will experience the pure bliss of self-love.
10. Observe Rather Than React
In today’s time, one barely has the patience to observe and react later. But, the mistake we do is to react fast and observe the situation later to clear out the mess we created by our fast reacting. Hence, you can practice mindfulness by observing the things and situations around you rather than reacting and making decisions swiftly. It will save you from worries so you can enjoy your peaceful life.
11. Practice Yoga Poses
The word ‘Yoga’ has been derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Yuj’ to join or combine. Similarly, practicing yoga poses can help you bring your body, mind, and soul into the union. It also brings you to align with nature. Yoga will help you to tone your body and also help you relieve stress and increase mental focus.
These are some of the easy and simple steps that can help you to achieve mindfulness. You may notice a substantial change in your life and within yourself after practising the steps mentioned above.
You will feel more optimistic about your life and situations around you and always solve the problem rather than worrying about the same. Hope you enjoy a better life with mindfulness.
Author – Amruta Nadar is a Content Creator at Certitude News. She loves to connect with people through her writing. She is Scorpio and loves to research almost anything. She is a gregarious being, nature lover and a Reiki healer. You may find her doing meditation, pampering her dog or travelling alone at her leisure.