In our modern world, balancing work and family life leaves us little to no time to have a peaceful moment. Our minds are always flooded with pending work issues and things you’re yet to accomplish. These uncontrolled thoughts prevent a relaxed and calm mind. Happiness and peace are all around us. But, how can we become mindful with so much going on in life? Here are seven mindful tips for beginners.
1. Discover the Beauty Around You
We all have a routine that we like to follow in our day-to-day activities. It becomes a habit to the point where you do everything in autopilot. You can change this perception by focusing on things around you. Pay attention to simple things like eating your favorite breakfast, walking to work, showering, and enjoy just being in the moment. You’ll be surprised at how little things can make a huge impact on your life.
2. Focus on Your Breathing
Concentrating on how your breath is not as easy as it sounds. As a beginner, it can be really challenging and you’ll often find your mind wandering. To help you focus on your breathing, find a quiet, cool place to sit. Try to consciously breathe in and out and focus your mind on your breathing movements. Feel how the oxygen is entering your body when you inhale and how air passes through your lips when you exhale. At first, it may be tricky, but with practice, you’ll find it easy.
3. Gratitude Makes You Happy
Many times we find ourselves faulting our lives for not achieving daily, monthly or annual targets. You look at your colleagues, friends or neighbors and think “What is he doing right that I’m not? Gratitude is not about what you don’t have or what you are not, it’s dwelling on what you have and what you are. It’s being happy for the little or much that you have today. Set aside five minutes each morning and evening to write a list of things you’re grateful for Let it be a time to reflect what is important and just be present with your thoughts. This encourages self-awareness and is a great aid for relieving stress.
4. Find Time Away from Technology
It’s been said that technology is the addiction troubling our generation. Look around you and notice how people are busy tapping on their phones or laptops. Admittedly, technology has brought forth huge developments and is a source of information. However, we spend too much time on these tech devices that we compromise other parts of our lives. The social media has taken over our lives and many people can’t function without it. Likewise, whenever you’re watching a video or reading articles online, your mind is caught up in something else.
To become mindful, you need to eliminate such distractions for a few hours every day. This addiction has taken root and the solution is to set a rule as to when to take tech breaks. Common rules include not using phones at the dinner table and not using any digital devices one hour before going to bed. You can create your own rule to fit your schedules.
5. Be in Control
Mindfulness doesn’t mean stopping your thoughts entirely, which is impossible. It’s the ability to observe and control our thoughts as they come and go. How well you control your thoughts determines how well you respond to a particular challenge. Give yourself to the moment you are currently in and appreciate every second of it. It’s true that you cannot control the external world, but you have the power to control the internal world, thereby controlling the outcomes.
6. Learn to Be Patient
In a world where a slight delay might cost you a client, your job or a business opportunity, patience can be difficult to cultivate. What you don’t know is that waiting is a chance to practice mindfulness. Whether you’re stuck in traffic or waiting in line, shift your focus to your breath. If frustration and impatience try to creep in, take your mind back to your breathing and just let everything be.
Mindfulness becomes fully cultivated in our minds when we practice meditation. Mindfulness trains your brain to be less distractible, improves focus, and efficiency. Learning meditation opens your mind to these possibilities without much difficulty. Meditation removes negative thinking, stress, and frustration and leaves your mind in a sea of calmness and peace. Meditate the first thing when you wake up in the morning and direct your thoughts towards that particular moment.
Food for Thought
Mindfulness is not just for fun. Neuroscience research shows that mindfulness helps our brains learn how to find balance in a world full of activities, stress, and depression, among other emotions. It also helps us become self-aware and well-rounded, which gives you a different perspective towards life by becoming more appreciative of your surroundings and people around you.