Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. While being mindful, you carefully observe your thoughts and feelings without any judgement. In simple terms, it’s living in the moment. It means noticing what’s happening inside your mind and your body, as well as noticing what’s happening around you.
There’s a reason why you may be hearing about mindfulness more in recent years. Is it the secret to happiness? Maybe not entirely, but, research suggests that it has great benefits. According to NCBI, Mindfulness brings about various positive psychological effects, including increased subjective well-being, reduced psychological symptoms and emotional reactivity, and improved behavioral regulation. Read the full article here.
Here’s how to practice becoming mindful in 5 simple steps:
- Pay closer attention to something you do daily. Such as drinking your morning coffee or brushing your teeth. Create a habit of paying attention to what you’re doing. If your mind wanders (which it will, and that’s OK) simply bring your attention back to focusing on what you’re doing.
- Tune into your senses. While eating, notice the color, taste, and texture of your food.
- Breathe whenever you can. Taking three or four deep breaths (and truly paying attention to them) can help you calm down and focus.
- Ground yourself physically. Sit down in a chair or put your hands flat on a table and focus on that object.
- Simply be. Don’t feel the need to focus on doing things, just pay attention to your breath.