Ten Minutes Of Mindfulness A Day Can Cultivate Happiness
I get it, I’ve been there! With all the best will in the world, good intentions can quickly float away during the course of a busy day. With mindfulness becoming more mainstream and a welcome antidote to stress and anxiety; why not take up some form of holistic self-reflection to help quash the strains of living?
Yet, how to fit in the time to sit and be one with oneself with the choice of so many things to do? In such busy circumstances, how can mindfulness be addressed?
For one, time may be a challenge, yet with a little bit of effort daily, the rewards of a daily practice can outway the mere 10 minutes of effort daily that it takes.
Without stopping to reflect on life, I use to get lost. Then I found mindfulness and my life changed for the better.
Here are my tips on how to fit ten minutes of mindfulness
- How to find the time. Well for starters try getting up a little earlier each day. Then as soon as you haven been to the bathroom, sit down and meditate for at least five minutes. Like anything, practice makes meditating easier. People have said to me: Janey, I just can’t meditate.I am not a still person. There is no point. Bah! It doesn’t work like that! Mindfulness is not a thing for the select few; Meditation is an art that just takes a little bit of practice daily. It is the discipline to sit there regardless of whether you feel Zen or not. Remember the fact you got up earlier, sat there and made an effort is already the first step in mindfulness. Some days to me meditation feels like paint drying, while other days it feels amazing! Yet, I believe that collectively it brings great change. For a free meditation guide join my mailing list and I will ping you my tips.
2. How to make good use of dead time. If you travel by public transport to work, or get a small pocket of time while the baby sleeps, etc… try journalling. I’m not say keep a neat diary but just allowing yourself to write freely, scribble even about what ever comes into your head for at least five minutes a day. This is also a form of meditation. I call it a spring clean for the subconscious. Try and let me know how you get on!
Take the time to check your breathing during the day is therapeutic
3. Take the time to observe and improve the breath. By doing this you turn it into another way to meditate. Shallow breathing can cause anxiety, while deep slow balanced breathing I find helps to reduce anxiety and help me stay more present. For three breathing exercises click here
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