It’s 3 PM already. You open your fridge and realize you’re out of groceries so you quickly drive to the store and grab a few things for tonight’s dinner. As soon as you get home, you start cooking, tell the kids to do their homework while stirring the curry with one hand and responding to a text from your husband with the other. Did you stop to think how you’re feeling today and focus on the present moment? The truth is, most of us haven’t because we are constantly multitasking.

Mindfulness is focusing your attention on the present moment without judgement. More often than not, we don’t take the time to stop and think how we are feeling or appreciate the positive things we have in our lives. As humans, we are easily distracted and tend to over analyze the past and future while forgetting to live in the present.

Mindfulness is a way to relax and take a break from all the tasks you have in your everyday schedule. You don’t have to be in a spa or on a luxury retreat in Maldives to practice mindfulness. Whether you’re at work or home, simply sit back and relax for a few minutes, close your eyes if it helps you focus better, and think about how you’re feeling.

Simply by focusing on yourself, it will help boost your energy and increase your productivity levels. Not only does it have a positive impact on your well-being, but on your health too. Scientists recently discovered that mindfulness can help relieve stress, treat heart disease, lower your blood pressure, improve sleep, and reduce chronic pain (Siegel & Allison, 2016).

Appreciate the simple blessings in life and focus on your breathing. Sit in a comfortable chair and simply breathe in and out and immerse yourself in this act. You have the liberty of focusing on your bodily sensations in any act that you do, whether it is typing on your laptop, reading an article, or chopping vegetables.

Repeat something positive about yourself throughout the day, such as “I am truthful”. You can even download an app to get you in the spirit of mindfulness, one that I would recommend is “Stop, Breathe, and Think”, which helps you meditate based on your emotions.

There is no script on how to practice mindfulness, the beauty of it is you can experience it anywhere and at any time of the day. Thanks to focusing on yourself, you can now feel rejuvenated throughout the week!

References

Psychology Today. (2016). Mindfulness. Available: https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/mindfulness

Siegel, R. & Allison, S. (2016). Positive Psychology: Harnessing the power of happiness, mindfulness, and inner strength. Boston: Harvard Health Publications.