One skill I’ve really worked on since COVID started is to be fully present – also known as mindfulness! Mindfulness means bringing your attention to the present moment, with curiosity, and without judgment. Being present means you’re not in the future, and not in the past. It is recognising and appreciating the good things ALREADY in your life. How often do you find yourself thinking about what else you need to be happy or what made you feel good in the past?
When you are aware of the happiness and energy already around you, you can step into that happiness and joy. You can be ESTABLISHED in the present moment. Remember this: mindfulness is the connection and awareness of the mind and body.
How To Practice Mindful Breathing
To get started, practice mindful breathing for a MINIMUM of 5 minutes daily. Remember, repetition and consistency are the keys to creating positive habits.
Breathe in (4 counts) Take note of the air moving through your nose and mouth and filling your lungs. ENJOY that in-breath. Hold your in-breath for a moment (2 counts) Feel the air in your lungs.
Be aware of the oxygen filling your body with life and energy.
Let the breath OUT slowly (5 counts)
Feel your body relax as the air exits.
Be present as the air passes through your nose and mouth.
REPEAT THE PROCESS
How to Start Your Day With Mindfulness
Mindful breathing is a great practice to put in place in your daily routine but there are a few other ways you can introduce mindfulness into your day – starting with the moment you wake up. A mindful wake up is all about starting your day with purpose – you can do that by setting an intention for your day
When you wake up, sit in your bed, close your eyes and connect with your body. Take three long, deep, nourishing breaths – breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. (Using the 4-2-5 count process)
Ask yourself: “What is my intention for today?” Consider things like how can I feel more connected and fulfilled? Or how can I show up today to have the best impact?
Throughout the day, check in with yourself. Pause, take a breath, and revisit your intention. Notice, as you become more and more conscious of your intentions for each day, how the quality of your communications, relationships, and mood shifts.
How To Eat Mindfully
Start by taking a few deep breaths before you start eating. It helps us to slow down and to really enjoy the food we’re about to eat!
Take your first few bites mindfully, experience the taste, the flavours, textures, and how much you like a certain food. Make a mindful choice about what to eat based on what you really enjoy.
Here’s an mindfulness affirmation to keep in your thoughts: “Life is a series of moments, and I am fully present in each one”