Mindfulness is the state of being aware of what’s happening around you. You’re alert and in the present. When you practice mindfulness, you maximize your potential and get more done with your time. Mindfulness can be inculcated through regular effort. For busy employees, this interventional activity helps combat stress, unhealthy work hours, and the state of always being busy but accomplishing little.
Here are five habits of mindfulness that you can incorporate in your daily life to cultivate a sense of awareness.
- Take walks – Walks are a great exercise for the limbs, lungs, and the mind. Walks calm our senses and give us an opportunity to reflect dispassionately on issues. Choose a time when the streets are uncrowded or when you can comfortably reach a park in the neighborhood and spend time with yourself. Make walking a part of your daily routine; early in the morning or an after-dinner walk.
- Meditate – Take some time out to meditate. Meditate in a quiet place. If you can, then sit in the Lotus Pose, also known as Padmasana and meditate on your breathing. Focus where your thoughts are headed, bring them back to the rhythm of your breathing. It fosters mindfulness. You can meditate on a pleasant thought. Basically, you would be training your mind to stay in the present and not get distracted. You learn to hold the reins of your thoughts.
- Create – Creativity demands attention. Get creative with what you’re good at. It could be writing a poem, working with clay, preparing a dish, or painting. When you create something, you focus. Creating something is a delicate process that teaches you to be in the present. It is an excellent exercise for mindfulness. It’s also an opportunity to get in touch with your creative side, which may have been suppressed for years because of time constraints. Develop it. Take your singing or baking to the next level. Who knows, a few YouTube videos and gigs later you may discover a totally new income stream. But that’s an ancillary benefit of this exercise.
- Avoid Multitasking – Mindfulness is not just about doing. There are things that you don’t want to do. For example, tackling multiple activities at a time is not a great way to develop mindfulness. It’s easy to understand why. You cannot maintain focus on any one thing. Do one thing at a time and give it all your attention. If you cannot do it for all your tasks, then try and pick out a few to which you can devote all your attention.
5. Eat Responsibly – We are what we eat. Foods can uplift our moods, release dopamine and make us happy or send us on a trip, like how cannabis does. For physical wellbeing and mental alertness, it is important to eat right. Listen to your bodies. Strike the right balance with respect to macronutrients and micronutrients. Pay attention to the act of eating. Consciously try to taste the flavors that present themselves. Mindful eating is an experience in its own right. It elevates an otherwise regular activity, done absent-mindedly, to a learning experience where heightened sensory awareness plays a role.