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How to Practice Mindfulness in Everyday Life

How to Practice Mindfulness in Everyday Life

Do you ever feel like you’re on autopilot, rushing through your day without truly experiencing it?

In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to get caught up in distractions – not to mention thoughts about the past or worries about the future – missing the richness of the present moment.

But there’s good news! Simple mindfulness practices can be woven into your daily routine, bringing a sense of calm and awareness even amidst the daily grind.

You can start to learn how to practice mindfulness in your everyday life by following a few basic guidelines.

Mindful Eating

Pay attention to the sight, smell, and taste of your food.

Eat slowly and savour each bite.

Avoid distractions like watching TV or using your phone while eating.

Mindful Walking

Focus on the sensation of your feet touching the ground.

Pay attention to your breath and the rhythm of your steps.

Notice the sights, sounds, and smells around you.

Mindful Listening

When someone is talking to you, give them your full attention.

Make eye contact and avoid interrupting. Try to understand their point of view.

Mindful Action

Act with intention. Whenever you are doing any activity – no matter how mundane – try to focus on the present moment.

Ground yourself in this body, this moment – without judgment, just as it is. Be aware of your thoughts and feelings, but don’t let them distract you from what you are doing.

Mindful Communication

Whenever you are speaking or trying to communicate something, be clear and concise.

Avoid using hurtful or inflammatory language.

Always listen carefully, and try to listen more than you speak.

Mindful Attitude

Whatever the activity or situation, being mindful is not ONLY being attentive. It is about meeting your experience consciously, curiously, and caringly. 

Hold things lightly. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Cultivate a warm, friendly attitude to whatever you are experiencing.

Let go of unrealistic or unkind expectations you place on yourself or others.

Be gentle, inwardly and outwardly. Slow down when you find yourself moving faster than is necessary.

Relax. Whatever is happening, being tense probably isn’t helping.