Are you looking for ways to live a more mindful life? If so, you're in luck. In this blog post, I will share some mindfulness tips for daily practice. These tips will help you stay present and focused throughout the day. The purpose is to develop greater awareness of your thoughts and feelings, without judgment. So, without further ado, let's begin!
1. Focus on your breath. Whenever you feel yourself getting tense or anxious, take a few deep breaths and focus on the sensation of breathing. Try it with me,
Inhale. Hold it . . . . . Exhale slowly, Again
Inhale. Hold it . . . . . Exhale slowly, One More
Inhale. Hold it . . . . . Exhale slowly, Good
This will help you to relax and be present in the moment.
2. Be aware of your thoughts and emotions. There are no bad emotions. Emotions and thoughts exist, but they do not define you. When you notice that you're starting to worry about something, or you're feeling angry or frustrated, take a step back and observe your thoughts and emotions WITHOUT judgment. Just let them be and focus on your breath.
3. Be kind to yourself. Love covers a multitude of sins. If you find that you're being critical of yourself, or you're beating yourself up for making a mistake, stop and give yourself some compassion. Be gentle with yourself and remember that everyone makes mistakes.
4. Choose your next steps. These steps can be physical as in choosing a verbal or physical response to a situation. Or they can be the next thought that you want to focus on such as, "I'm safe, I'm loved, I'm free to make mistakes, I can apologize and make it right, I am worthy of respect."
I hope you found these mindfulness tips helpful! Remember, the goal is to be present in each moment, without judgment. When you can do that, you'll find that your stress and anxiety will start to decrease.
Mindfulness is an amazing tool to help us deal with some of the stresses of daily life, but sometimes you just need someone to talk to. If you are feeling burdened, confused, or burned out and would like to work together to feel like yourself again, contact me and let's talk.