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8 Mindfulness Habits You Can Practice Everyday

0 2 years ago

So many of us spend our days just running from moment to moment. We are busy, have demands coming from several different areas of life, and simply don’t feel like there is time to stop and smell the roses. We wonder if we can get the rose scent in a to-go package.

I know, I have been there.

However, with a focused effort, we can take the time to slow back down. Through mindful living practices, we can find more happiness, joy, and meaning in our lives. That said, being mindful is not as easy as it sounds. It is a habit that you have to develop. On that note, I have put together a list of eight habits that have helped in my quest to be more mindful.

#1 Sit in the morning

The morning offers a great opportunity to practice your mindfulness. The day is just beginning, it is nice and quiet, and you may have a few moments to yourself. Instead of getting out of bed and rushing through a morning routine, I like to sit for a few minutes. I think about being thankful for the day and just let myself be in the present.

You might just choose to sit on the couch and concentrate on controlled breathing, or can also take up meditation. I find that doing so helps me to start each day off with the right frame of mind.

#2 Eat mindfully

When was the last time you truly appreciated a meal? It’s understandable. Your life is busy, and as a result, eating has become something done in passing. We have fast food restaurants we can drive through and eat as we drive even. Instead, I encourage you to try slowing down, making food yourself, and eating purposefully. Choose live foods with a variety of different colors, textures, and flavors. Take the time to really chew and appreciate each bite. Doing so is better for your digestion and can be a very enjoyable and relaxing time.

As an additional point, so many of us bring distractions to the table. Some people watch TV, others read, and some might not be able to put down their smartphone. It might seem like a good way to pass the time when you eat, but you are missing the chance to be mindful and truly enjoy the meal.


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