Mindfulness In Daily Life

How to incorporate mindfulness activities into your daily life.

Posted by Avail Content
10 months ago

Mindfulness practice is not always revolutionary, but can still be challenging to work into our busy lives. When a conscious effort is made to incorporate mindful activities into our day-to-day, a huge overall positive difference can result. Read through the list below and add in any strategies which you think would be a good fit for you.

Disconnect from your device

Our smartphones and devices follow us everywhere we go and often work follows us home with emails and unrealistic deadlines. This becomes a constant distraction and doesn’t allow your mind the time it needs to recover. Turn off notifications whenever and wherever is feasible. Close laptops and leave phones on silent for an extended period of time and learn to cherish that time by spending time with friends/family or doing something that brings you joy.

Take the time to sit down and eat your meals

Too many people eat in a rushed manner, on the run, in front of their computer or don’t eat at all. Give yourself the time and permission to relax, chew your food slowly and enjoy your meal in peace. This will give you a breather and help activate your parasympathetic nervous system necessary to promote healthy digestion.

Tune into your breath

Whenever you feel overwhelmed, take a few deep breaths to reset and calm your nervous system. This can help to break the vicious cycle of mounting stress and often give you the time to think more clearly.

Connect with Nature

Playing with an animal or spending time in nature is shown to be a very therapeutic activity to help with decreasing stress and improving relaxation, happiness and clarity.

Take the scenic route

Whenever you have the opportunity, break out of the tendency to rush everywhere. Give yourself time. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park as far away from the entrance as possible. Choose the longest line at the grocery store. These strategies will seem counter-intuitive but will help decrease stress and promote relaxation throughout your day.

Going for a run/walk without device or listening to music

Allow yourself to unplug from work and stressors. Take in your surroundings, noticing the subtleties of your environment and your breath.

Take a Bath

Had a stressful or strenuous day? Feeling difficulty unwinding? Treat yourself to a warm relaxing bath with
epsom salts to help your body and mind relax and recover.

Do something artistic or creative

Playing an instrument, sketching, coloring, knitting, dancing or simply listening to music are all examples. Such activities can provide a balancing force to our work routines and provide a great deal of joy.

Other Options

There are infinite individual strategies to promote mindfulness. If you have your own ideas that will help you to unwind, relax, center your mind, etc. Go for it!

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Mindfulness In Daily Life

Last updated 10 months ago

Mindfulness practice is not always revolutionary, but can still be challenging to work into our busy lives. When a conscious effort is made to incorporate mindful activities into our day-to-day, a huge overall positive difference can result. Read through the list below and add in any strategies which you think would be a good fit for you.

Disconnect from your device

Our smartphones and devices follow us everywhere we go and often work follows us home with emails and unrealistic deadlines. This becomes a constant distraction and doesn’t allow your mind the time it needs to recover. Turn off notifications whenever and wherever is feasible. Close laptops and leave phones on silent for an extended period of time and learn to cherish that time by spending time with friends/family or doing something that brings you joy.

Take the time to sit down and eat your meals

Too many people eat in a rushed manner, on the run, in front of their computer or don’t eat at all. Give yourself the time and permission to relax, chew your food slowly and enjoy your meal in peace. This will give you a breather and help activate your parasympathetic nervous system necessary to promote healthy digestion.

Tune into your breath

Whenever you feel overwhelmed, take a few deep breaths to reset and calm your nervous system. This can help to break the vicious cycle of mounting stress and often give you the time to think more clearly.

Connect with Nature

Playing with an animal or spending time in nature is shown to be a very therapeutic activity to help with decreasing stress and improving relaxation, happiness and clarity.

Take the scenic route

Whenever you have the opportunity, break out of the tendency to rush everywhere. Give yourself time. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park as far away from the entrance as possible. Choose the longest line at the grocery store. These strategies will seem counter-intuitive but will help decrease stress and promote relaxation throughout your day.

Going for a run/walk without device or listening to music

Allow yourself to unplug from work and stressors. Take in your surroundings, noticing the subtleties of your environment and your breath.

Take a Bath

Had a stressful or strenuous day? Feeling difficulty unwinding? Treat yourself to a warm relaxing bath with
epsom salts to help your body and mind relax and recover.

Do something artistic or creative

Playing an instrument, sketching, coloring, knitting, dancing or simply listening to music are all examples. Such activities can provide a balancing force to our work routines and provide a great deal of joy.

Other Options

There are infinite individual strategies to promote mindfulness. If you have your own ideas that will help you to unwind, relax, center your mind, etc. Go for it!