You may be hearing the word “mindfulness” a lot lately and wondering what it’s about.
Mindfulness simply means being grounded and present in your day-to-day. Instead of worrying about what’s going to happen or what’s already happened, you’re rooted in what’s actually happening.
Most people think cultivating a mindful life requires a lot of time, but it can actually be done fairly quickly. The following list includes some quick and easy ways to strengthen your mind-body connection. Check in with yourself and see which techniques resonate with you. Try those first and stick with them for at least 21 days. Journal about your experiences and see if you feel any shift in your energy or mood.
1. Focus on your morning routine
This helps you start your day with intention and a clear mind. It can include journaling, movement, reading or meditation. Most of us are rushing in the mornings, so taking a few moments to center yourself is key. Have fun with it and make it your own. It doesn’t have to take long. When I’m rushed, I’ll do two minutes of deep breathing, a quick gratitude/intentions list, and a couple of sun salutations. Ten minutes is all you need!
2. Practice gratitude
Gratitude lists are a super quick and effective way to ground us. They open our eyes to what’s working in our lives. When things are stressing you out or you feel really disconnected, take a moment and write down three things for which you’re grateful. They don’t have to be big, but get specific. Instead of “I’m grateful for my family”, try “I’m grateful for the lunch date I had with my sister.” You’ll sense an immediate shift in your energy.