Do you find it challenging to get into a daily mindfulness routine? Being mindful is intentionally focusing on what is happening at that present moment around you. Start by choosing a time to practice everyday mindfulness to get started. The goal is to get into the habit of taking a few moments each day to be mindful.
What are the benefits of a mindfulness routine?
Some of the benefits of mindfulness include reduced stress and improved general well-being. The benefits of mindfulness are feeling more confident and productive. We are better able to take care of ourselves now.
It is tough to focus on one thing for an extended time and make positive changes in your life. It takes time and effort. By reducing stress, you can achieve these results much faster.
Besides being a stress reliever, mindfulness makes you more productive and achieve goals. By practicing mindfulness, you become more aware of decisions. It can help influence how you interact with others and take care of yourself.
The benefits of mindfulness are both physical and mental.
Physical improvements include:
- Strength and endurance
- Increased focus
- A stronger immune system
- Increased energy
- Reduced body fat
- Decreased blood pressure
- Reduced stress levels
- Enhanced focus
- And more efficient use of energy
The psychological benefits include:
- Having more effective social relationships
- Less anxiety
- Better sleep
- Improved memory
But how do you get started with a mindfulness routine?
Set a Daily Time for Your Mindfulness Routine
One of the best times to practice mindfulness is in the morning when you first wake up. But some of us are so used to our routines that it is hard to choose to do something different. To get out of habits, you need to set up a series of interventions.
An intervention could be as simple as a post-it note on your bathroom mirror. It reminds you to take time for mindfulness. It could be a note on your fridge. Or it could be a well-placed picture that is a symbol of mindfulness or reminds you to practice it.
But, if you’re rushing in the mornings it may not always be the best time to start a mindfulness routine. Try the afternoon if it works at a better time for you. After a few hours of focused work and lunch, our brains long for an escape from so much focus. The afternoon is a great time to set up a mindfulness routine. Take a few minutes after lunch to practice.
There’s always the time before you go to bed that you can also choose to practice mindfulness. It may put you into a restful state of being that you sleep better.
Tech Gets In the Way of Mindfulness
One of the issues with setting up a routine is the reliance on technology. Having your smartphone around during a meditation or mindfulness session is distracting.
Instead, try to practice clearing your mind without the use of technology a few times each week. You can alternate practicing with and without it. Listen to stillness and practice exercises without the use of tech. You grow your ability to listen to yourself. So the next time you reach for your phone, be mindful that you could also practice your session without using it.
Keep Your Mindfulness Practice Going
Creating goals and mini challenges can make practicing mindfulness more fun. It is an engaging way to continue in practice. Taking time to journal insights after a mindfulness session acts as positive reinforcement.
As you journal, you may notice changes in your thought process and feelings that emerge. Mindfulness journaling helps with the transition through these feelings. It provides insight into deep-rooted thoughts to change your perspective about your beliefs.
Learning about yourself is a motivation to practice mindfulness. As you practice more, you will grow more at peace with yourself in the process.