Have you heard the term mindfulness? Mindfulness can be used as a therapeutic technique designed to teach you to be in the present moment, along with acknowledging your associated feelings, thoughts, and experiences. Mindfulness is designed to take your focus off yesterday and tomorrow and pay close attention to today.
The benefits of mindfulness are incredible because they truly teach you to “stop and smell the roses.” In the spirit of mindfulness, there is no better time than the moment you are in. Being able to surrender and surround yourself in what is at this very moment is the truest form of being present.
Practicing mindfulness will help you:
- Reduce anxiety
- See the beauty in front of you
- Have more meaningful relationships
- Stop living in the past
There are many ways to practice mindfulness, including getting help from a certified coach or therapist. Outside of their help, you can try these tips to be more mindful:
Start each day purposefully – Wake each day with an intention to be focused on what this day is bringing. Think about your plans and resolve to show up purposefully wherever you go and with whomever you meet.
Keep a body awareness journal – Journals are a very helpful way to cultivate mindfulness. Being aware of our bodies as they relate to our mood and our functionality is a key way to stay in the moment and know yourself well. People who keep a journal tracking their mood, body aches and pains, and any significant issues can see patterns that over time can help them manage their health better.
Keep your eyes open – Simply taking the step to actively pay attention wherever you go can increase your mindfulness. What do you see, hear, smell, or touch that you may not have previously noticed? The act of being aware instead of on autopilot will have you seeing, hearing, smelling, and feeling things you may have never noticed and can increase your happiness.
Mindfulness is a great practice because it reduces the longing for yesterday and the worry of tomorrow. Mindfulness opens minds and hearts by seeing what is right no and putting the focus and energy on managing the moment rather than managing the perceptions of yesterday and tomorrow.
Practice mindfulness for one week; notice the impact it makes on you and the impact you make on others with your focused attention on the present.