We are living in a time where we have no time. No time for us, no time for the people around us. We are running, running and running, getting stressed thinking about something that does not exist. Everything around us hasn't changed but we have changed our positive outlook, we had the way we are supposed to think. Because of all this, we lose our focus. We lost ourselves.
Now most of us spend time with technology rather than the real world, we forget to socialize, we forget to smile properly. We made the life around us so negative, which enhanced our stress level, anxiety level and made us depressed.
The only way to get relief from all of this negativity is to practice mindfulness. It is like healing your heart, body and soul. In this blog, we have discussed the 10 simple mindfulness activities that you can practice in your daily life.
What is Mindfulness?
In simple words, mindfulness is to stay focused and mindful. We often lost track of thinking about the future. We should think about the future but not in an excessive way that hampers our health, mind and body. Even sometimes we took stress for something that does not exist. Mindfulness is the practice of focus. Mindfulness teaches individuals to stay focused on the present moment and stop worrying about the past and the future.
Why Should We Practice Mindfulness?
The world is getting competitive, life is getting tougher, our surroundings are getting full of negative thoughts. All these hampers our mind and our lifestyles. Practising mindfulness helps us to avoid these negative thoughts and lead a positive life.
Physical and mental illness like body ache, anxiety, depression, stress all can be reduced with the proper practice of mindfulness. The practice let us stay focused, stay on track and lead a happy mindful life.
But even though we try to stay focused on positive things, we can’t due to the negative impact around us. The influence of social media also increases the chances of spreading negative thoughts. Due to social media, we often can’t help but start comparing ourselves with others, which creates anxiety and stress and makes us trackless too. We can start practising meditation right away but the sudden shift to the mindful lifestyle is more than tough. This is why we should start mindfulness with simple steps. With our daily little activities gradually we can establish mindfulness in our life.
10 Simple Mindfulness Activity for Daily Life
So, let’s check out how you can practice mindfulness in your daily life with just 10 simple mindfulness activities.
1. Practice Thankfulness for Everything You Have
Nothing stays for a lifetime. Noone gets everything that they want in their life. It is wise to start feeling grateful for what you have. Because you are always living someone else's life. Forget about something that never comes to your life, forget about those unseen futures that do not exist. Enjoy, feel thankful for what you have, what you get and how you are today. Believe every day is your gift so enjoy your life, stay focused and stay positive. Thanking you for everything you have will give you a positive vibe and reduce your stress, anxiety and depression.
2. Make a Deep Connection With Your Body
We often lose focus on our health and body. We often ignore it and this gradually brings health issues in the future. Health is wealth, so stay worrying about your future, rather focus on your health and body. Listen to it. Check your body, find out if there are any physical issues. Treat your body as if it is the only asset you got. All these acts will help you to stay focused and active.
3. Listen to your Heart
Our heart is our soul. Make a deep connection with your heart. If your heart feels well you will surely feel well. Our body is deeply connected with the emotion we carry. Listen to your heart and understand your emotion and act as if. Stay positive and never hurt your emotion. Rather than being sensitive, stay focused and keep going.
4. Enjoy with Full Fledged
If you forget to enjoy, it is time for enjoyment. Observe the world around you that you forget due to the negative vibe of the world. See the outer world and observe the life that you forget to check due to the impact of technology. Yes, though your phone is away for a couple of hours and then get out of the house and observe. See with your eyes, feel through your heart, listen to the world around you, observe life, observe the people, observe the world around you. See it, feel it and enjoy it yet. Enjoy the world with your six senses, use all of them and enjoy.
5. Start centring exercise
This is one of the best ways to stay focused and establish mindfulness in your life. Take a chair, sit down and relax. Keep your feet on the floor and then close your eyes. After a few moments, take a deep breath and hold your breath for a minute. After a minute later release your breath slowly and feel what got your mind. If this is something that you can not change then let it go, no matter if it is the guilt from your past or your worry for the future. Just let it go and focus on the present moment that you have. Practice it every day, this will help you to stay focused in life.
6. Practice Deep Breathing
Breathing is something that happens without our consciousness. So, if you can focus on the things that happen very unconsciously, you will learn to focus consciously. The idea is very simple and easy. Just focus on your breathing. Take a deep belly breath and hold your breath for a while. Focus on how this is happening in your body. Focus on the detail of the breathing, how it is going inside your body. Feel the breath. Hold the breath for a minute and then slowly breath out. While breathing out focus, how the air is going out from your body. Focus in detail. This exercise will make you attentive and enhance your focus. Practice this exercise daily.
7. Observe your thoughts
Thoughts are always coming to our mind. We can’t help it and we hardly can control it. But the good news is you can control your thoughts. Just observe your thoughts, find out what you are thinking and now find out why you are thinking. Is it useful or useless? Is it something that you can change or you can not change? If it is something that you can change now, you can take this thought forward, if not then, let it go. Suddenly stop your task and observe what you are thinking. These practices will help you to come out from anxiety, negative thoughts, and help you to stay focused on the present.
8. Practice Mindful eating
We often do it. We eat but we do not focus. We watch TV, youtube or listen to music. Skip all these things and eat mindfully. Focus on what you are eating and how you are eating. According to the research focus, eating helps more to digest our food. So, next time when you decide to take your lunch or dinner, avoid watching TV, using social media and any other technology. Just stay focused on your food.
9. Practice active listening
Do not listen to respond, listen to understand, listen to know more. Active listening is an art and is very helpful in our life. With active listening, you can reduce so many problems in your life. Active listening helps you to understand the person you are talking to. With active listening, you can also practice focusing on the present and stop worrying about the past. Besides, with active listening, the quality of the conversation increases. So, practice it in your daily life.
10. Know your surroundings
We often get worried because we do not see the actual picture outside. We may be travelling but staying busy with our phone. So we often miss the outside world. If you start observing the outside world you will start to notice how happy you are today. It is worthless worrying about the future or worrying about something that has no control over you. You will start to notice that you are leading someone else's dream. So, know your surroundings and enjoy the life you are living.
These are the simple practices of mindfulness that you can start today. All these practices will keep you focused and help you move forward with your life. For more information about mindfulness join training programs that offer mindfulness training. There are many online courses where you can learn from your comfort zone at your own pace. So, join those courses to get in-depth training on mindfulness.