If you’re anything like me, you’re constantly trying to fit more in your day. Perhaps we should be taking more OUT of our day instead?
If you’re finding it difficult to find time for meditation, mindful thinking, reflection and rest. Try these 5 ideas where you can practice active (awake) mindfulness meditation in your day.
1. Brushing your teeth / hair
We do this every morning and maybe our hair or makeup a couple of times a day. Why not use this time to practice mindfulness?
Practice self-awareness in the morning when you are brushing your teeth, taste the minty toothpaste, make a funny face in the mirror, laugh at yourself and then shift your thought to being grateful for clean running water, teeth to help you eat beautiful and nutritious food, taste buds to experience your favourite flavours and smile in gratitude at your pearly whites. What a great day you’re going to have.
2. On your commute
On your way to work, it’s easy to become frustrated and think negatively. The car that cut you off, the smelly guy on the train, the noisy teenager on the bus etc. etc. Take this time to relax, slow your breathing and recite a loving mantra. Reflect on how wonderful it is to have a car to get you to your destination, a train to take care of the commute and no-worries about parking, reflect on your own life as a teenager and the fun and mischief you got up to. Arrive at your destination filled with goodwill, feelings of compassion strength and mental clarity.
3. Walking to / from lunch and meetings
Zipping around the office to meetings or out and around the city to visit clients? Instead of heavily focussing and stressing on what you’re going to say and anticipating what the others are going to say at the meeting.
Focus on being in the moment. Notice your surrounds, notice your breathing, cherish your life, your work and wonder at all the good things you can achieve in the upcoming meeting.
Acknowledge and enjoy giving and contributing to your workplace and community. You will arrive at your meeting less stressed and on a positive high ready to do business with the right attitude.
4. Doing Chores
Everybody would rather be doing something else than doing chores. Hanging the washing, cleaning up, mowing the lawn, ironing, and preparing meals – all good times where you can incorporate some daily mindfulness. Some chores require your attention for safety reasons, so keep that in mind so you don’t iron over your fingers or start a fire in the kitchen.
Two simple easy to remember tips could be:
- For yourself: that you are worthy of and deserving of the best in life and beautiful possessions. An example could be the nice top you are ironing, the beautiful dinner set you are putting away, the beautiful garden and spacious grounds you are mowing.
- For your family: accepting who they and focusing on their positive traits. After all, we’re all human, no point focusing on any negatives. We could be here all day. Perhaps you’re grateful for your husband’s beautiful and heart-warming smile, your child’s hugs and laughter, your father’s generosity and mother’s compassion. Maybe you’re grateful for your siblings who share similar values and interests. You may simply be grateful to have siblings or a really good friend that ‘just gets you.
5. In times of frustration or despair
Take a moment to breathe. Identify what it is that’s creating this unease within you. Breathe. Unravel the thoughts you are thinking. What is it about this situation that is most upsetting me?
Breathe in slowly through your nose, and out, gently through your mouth. Relax. Focus on someone you love. Focus on this person with loving intention and feel your eyes smiling. What else do you notice? Continue, breathe. And, relax…
There you go, 5 unusual places you can now begin incorporating mindfulness into your day.
Mindfulness exercises are helpful and will make you feel happier and calmer. By incorporating these tips into your regular daily activities, you’re sure to keep improving, little by little. The compound effect will increase positive thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
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