“Mindfulness” is a buzzword that you have probably seen hundreds of times in the wellness space–whether if it’s in an Instagram caption or some health article you read online, it seems to be everywhere.
We can all benefit from incorporating more mindful practices into our routine, but it doesn’t mean we have to drastically change our lives to get there. Below we’ve listed some simple practices that can help you live more in the present and develop a healthier relationship with the world around you.
Night time can be a really anxious time for some people. We tend to stress about tomorrow and have our minds going a million miles a minute. What about thinking about what you’re thankful for? What good came out of today and what will you wake up feeling refreshed about? This can be in journal form or mental notes, but keeping track of what you show gratitude towards can help you feel less anxious.
Mindfulness doesn’t have to be a 60 minute yoga class. Mindfulness can mean taking 60 seconds, closing your eyes, and just focusing on your breath. Be present. Incorporate these “mindful minutes” into your day and we can guarantee that you’ll feel the difference. Breathing is what keeps us alive. Give it a minute of attention.
So we already talked about keeping track of what you’re thankful for, but studies show that showing more gratitude towards others can actually increase your own happiness. We say “thank you” in passing a lot, but don’t actually think about it. We encourage you, next time you pick up your morning coffee, look the barista in the eye with a warm smile and thank them. You’ll feel better and you never know how it might change their day.
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“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
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