We can exercise our bodies all we want, but having a good mindset is just as important to your health. Mindfulness is a great way to feel more centered and at peace every day. Here are some great ways to practice and master mindfulness.
- Body Scan
The body scan is a calming, easy way to practice mindfulness. Simply lay on your back with your eyes closed and think about each part of your body, from toes to head. A nice order to follow is: toes, feet, ankles, lower legs, knees, thighs, hips, waist, chest, lower back, upper back, shoulders, hands, wrists, lower arms, elbows, upper arms, neck, jaw, mouth, nose, cheeks, ears, eyes, forehead, back of head.
- Mindful Breathing
This is probably the easiest mindfulness exercise, and can be a lifesaver in the middle of a hectic day. Wherever you are, just close your eyes and start breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. Each breath should last for six seconds. Be sure to focus on the breath and its journey in and out of your lungs. Clear your mind of everything bothering you that day, and just focus on your breaths.
- Take A Mindful Shower
Everyone showers so, everyone has time for a little mindfulness. Use the shower’s calming atmosphere to drive your meditation session. Focus on the trickling water and embrace the warm steam. Clear your mind and focus on the setting you’re presently in.
Mindfulness is all about focus. Pick an object in the room. It doesn’t matter how plain or intricate this object is. Stare at it for a few minutes and describe it. Focus on every little detail until there are no more details left. Think about how it looks, feels, smells and tastes (if you can taste it!).