Do you ever wonder where your time goes in your day? Or do you ever think things like “how is it already Monday AGAIN?” Do you blink and suddenly it is next month, and you aren’t sure what you have been doing up to now? Time flies. Literally. I am certain that I am not the only person who has ever wished that they could stop time (or at least slow it down). The ability to pause the world around us is certainly a coveted superpower. Unfortunately there is no way to stop the march of time, but there is definitely a way to slow it down and it is really simple: Learning how to be mindful.
We spend a lot of our time thinking about the past and worrying about or planning for the future. SO much time in fact, that we spend hardly any time in the present. How often do you focus entirely on what you are doing? How often do you look around you and really pay attention? We are so busy working on our to-do lists that the present moment is just passing us by. Before we know it, we are living the future we were dreaming about or worrying about, and already we are thinking of the next thing we need to do.
Learning how to be mindful and practising it every day, will bring back a sense of the now to your day. Connect yourself back to the now and enjoy living in the moment. Here are 10 easy ways to be mindful every day. I have included a few answers to questions about mindfulness and how it can be of benefit to you.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is being in the moment, placing all of your attention in that moment, and accepting the moment without worry or overwhelm.
Mindful has described mindfulness as “the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.”
Why is it good to be mindful?
Mindfulness will allow you to connect to yourself and the world around you, and help you appreciate each moment in your day. Appreciating the little things and little moments in our days is us appreciating our lives. There is beauty in the small and seemingly mundane. These moments are literally what our lives are made of.
Can you be mindful without meditation?
Mindfulness and meditation are connected but different. Mindfulness is not only about practising meditation, but meditation is a wonderful practice.
Being mindful doesn’t need to be complicated or ritualistic, it is a way of thinking and living that can be learned.
How can learning to be mindful benefit me?
Mindfulness allows us to connect with our bodies, minds and emotions. Having the intention of practising mindfulness every day will support you to check in with yourself more often and become more self-aware.
Being mindful gives you another way of living. Instead of the rushing around, multi-tasking, focusing on previous wrongs… you will slow down, focus on the present moment (which means one thing at a time!) and appreciate your time more.
Mindfulness has been studied increasingly in the past few decades, and it has been scientifically proven to reduce stress and anxiety. Being mindful can improve your mood, and even support you to be more creative. It even aids sleep!