According to the Cambridge Dictionary, mindfulness is described as, “The practice of being aware of your body, mind, and feelings in the present moment, thought to create a feeling of calm.” Actively pursuing mindfulness can improve your well-being, mental health and even your physical health. Of course, constantly pursuing mindfulness can often be easier said than done. However, there are some simple ways you can be aware of and try to pursue mindfulness.
Always be present
No matter where you are or what you’re doing, make the conscious decision to be awake and present wholeheartedly in whatever you’re doing. Often times we find ourselves going through the motions and doing the bare minimum to accomplish what needs to be done rather than committing to whatever it is we’re doing and being fully present in the task.
Take moments to slow down
‘Busy’ is often a word almost all of us are guilty of using to explain our current state of being. Being in a current state of ‘busy’ is draining and exhausting. Take the time to stop, slow down, and recharge. Taking this time to rebalance and refocus allows us to work much more purposefully and efficiently when it is time to work because we’ve taken the time to recharge both mentally and physically.
Don’t always consider stress to be a bad thing
Stress doesn’t always have to be the bad guy. Stress in moderation can actually allow us to reach peak performance. Allowing stress to encourage you to get things done but not allowing it to consume you can actually be beneficial in your personal and professional life.
Focus on the positive
Pessimism can be detrimental to mindfulness. It is easy to focus on the negative things that happen to us. However, often those things are out of our control. It is much more beneficial to focus on all of the things you have to be grateful for rather than all of the things you could be upset about.