Mindfulness is powerful method for reducing stress, enhancing self-awareness, and improving mental well-being. Building mindful habits can transform our daily lives, ground us in the present moment, and help us find our centre again.
In this post you will learn 5 mindful habits you can practice every day:
Do one thing at a time
Focus on your breath
Feel your feelings
Check in with yourself
1. Do one thing at a time
Multitasking might be seen as the ultimate hack for productivity, but is it really? Studies have shown that multitasking lowers our IQ and lowers productivity by 40%. On the other hand, mindfulness improves areas involved with learning and memory processes, modulation of emotional control, and the process of awareness.
So, if you want to get things done faster and more efficiently, do one thing at a time; prioritise your activities and give yourself the chance to focus on each and every one separately.
2. Focus on your breath
Whatever is happening on the outside, know that there is always one thing to return to; your breath. Take a moment to observe the way you're breathing, without judging it.
Notice if your breath is quick and shallow, or if it feels nice and relaxed. After staying with this pace for a bit, start deepening your breath and allow more oxygen to enter your body.
Inhale through the nose, and exhale through the mouth out loud for a few times, until you let your breath return to its natural pace.
3. Feel your feelings
Ever heard of the term 'toxic positivity'?
It is the belief that no matter how difficult a situation is, you should maintain a positive mindset. While there are benefits to engaging in positive thinking, toxic positivity rejects difficult emotions and therefore takes away our chance to find emotional release through certain processes.
So, instead of trying to remain positive no matter what, I encourage you to feel your feelings - whatever they might be. Cry if you need to cry, allow yourself to feel sad, and confused, and angry. This is the first step towards release, and you want to take it. Your feelings are valid, and so are you.
4. Check in with yourself
Much related to the previous habit, checking in with yourself several times throughout the day can increase your self-awareness and allow you to make more mindful choices based on your inner state, rather than things others expect you to do.
Here are some questions you can ask yourself:
How do I feel right now?
What am I thinking?
How am I breathing?
What is my body doing?
5. Practice gratitude
This is a very significant way to connect to other people in our lives, and find more reasons to be around them.
Take notice of all the blessings you receive every day; you will be reminded to find joy in the smallest of things. Practicing gratitude will teach you to appreciate everything that comes your way, and value the people surrounding you.
Now I'd like to hear from you.
What is your favourite daily mindful habit?
Leave a comment below.