There’s a lot of buzz about mindfulness in the mental health community these days, and it isn’t hard to understand why. Research shows that mindfulness may be beneficial to both your mental and physical health.
What is Mindfulness?
Simply put, mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment and accepting what is happening without judgment. When we are mindful, we are aware of our emotions, thoughts, and bodily sensations. This may help to reduce stress, improve focus, and better mood.
With all these benefits becoming common knowledge, nowadays there are mindfulness tips for every area of your life, from the boardroom to the bedroom. Below, we have compiled a list of helpful suggestions that may aid you on your journey to incorporating more mindfulness into your daily life.
Keep a Daily Journal
Journaling offers a number of benefits, one of which is that it can help you better tune into your emotions and experiences, and therefore, become more mindful. Make it a habit to write in a journal every day. It may help to write down the events of your daily in a neutral way to promote a more objective way of looking at your life. You may also benefit from writing down 10 things you are grateful for every day.
Be Mindful in Your Relationships
Mindfulness is not only beneficial for you as an individual, everyone around you can benefit from your mindfulness practice. Make a point to be more present in your relationships. Instead of analyzing and judging what someone else is saying, take the time to truly focus on and listen to what they have to say. Observe them without judgment. Also set aside some time to contemplate what you can do to be more compassionate and attentive to the people in your life.
Notice Your Thoughts
Thoughts are just thoughts; you don’t have to believe everything you think. Part of mindfulness is to notice your thoughts without judging, reacting to, or acting on them. Make a point to notice what you’re thinking, and give some thought to what you want your reaction to be.
Meditation is one of the primary forms of mindfulness. Some people feel intimidated by starting a meditation practice, but it’s really quite simple, and you don’t have to take a bunch of time for it. Even setting aside five minutes a day for meditation can help you become more mindful.
Meditation doesn’t have to be complicated. Find a comfortable spot where you can sit with a tall spine. Spend five minutes focused on your breath. When you find your mind wandering, acknowledge your thoughts and put your attention back on your breath.
Check In Throughout the Day
Make it a habit to check in with yourself throughout the day. Pause and don’t worry about doing anything — just be. Notice your breath, the sensations in your body, where your thoughts are, and how you’re feeling. If you feel tense, focus on relaxing your body.
At New Transitions Counseling Center, we are happy to work with our patients to develop mindfulness. We specialize in several modalities that may help you be more present in your daily life, including cognitive behavioral therapy. If you’re looking for a therapist in Palatine, contact us.