Mindfulness - Be More Aware For Your Best Life
Mindfulness provides some amazing benefits during your mission to live more holistically, from helping you to live in the moment, to reducing stress and anxiety. An excellent perk of being more mindful is becoming more self-aware. It helps you to find clarity and understand who you are, who you want to be, and what might be holding you back.
Practice Breathing Exercises
To begin working on your mindfulness practice, you can become more self-aware by practicing breathing exercises. Breathing exercises are really helpful in the beginning. You can start by just focusing on your breathing, sitting or lying comfortably and being comfortable while you slowly inhale for the count of 4, hold for the count of 4 and exhale for the count of 4 and hold for the count of 4, and do this for just a few minutes a day. Another option that we find best for us is the Wim Hof Method of breathing is our choice when we practice our breathing.
Focus on Just One Activity at a Time
Mindfulness is about being in the moment, but that is really hard to do when your mind is concentrating on 5 things at once. Practice realigning your thoughts to just one task or activity at a time and don’t focus on anything else during this time. If you are reading a book, don’t let your mind wander to your to-do list or what you plan to eat for dinner. When you are enjoying some time with family, try to keep your focus on just that one activity, and not what you intend to do after.
Slow Down and Sit in Silence
This is one of our favourite practices that we do each day. It is not uncommon for us to be focused on one thing when we are doing something else. Maybe you always listen to music when going for a walk or you watch TV when you are eating dinner. Do these activities in silence, where you are concentrating on the present experience, instead of being constantly be distracted.
If you are not used to doing this, practice it during one meal a day. Choose a meal, like breakfast or lunch, where you only focus on your meal. Don’t listen to music, read a book, or use your phone. Just sit quietly and concentrate on the experience of eating this meal. It is a powerful experience once you gain the habit of sitting in silence each and every day.
Move Your Body More Often
Spend some time each day moving your body. This doesn’t need to be a strenuous exercise, but get up and go outside for a walk, do some yoga, or even just dance around your living room. Regular exercise helps you to be more self-aware of your body and your health and allows you to really appreciate how much movement you can get. It is important for your mind, body and spirit to move well each and every day.
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