Even during our busiest days, there are many opportunities to be mindful. The routine activities that we often take for granted can be transformed into mindful moments. These mindful oases will connect us to the present, ground us and bring a sense of calm into what can be a hectic schedule.
Here are some suggestions:
- The first cuppa of the day – instead of knocking back a quick coffee or tea, take an extra few minutes to sip the drink, savour it, feel its comforting warmth and take a few deep breaths to calm yourself. Gradually you can develop this habit when you stop for drinks throughout the day.
- The commute – Use the commute to connect with the world around you. Notice what you pass on your way to work. If you go on the train, then instead of staring at your phone for the whole journey, look out of the window and notice the weather, the trees, the houses that you pass. If you become stressed when driving, then remember the power of a few deep breaths.
- At work – If you spend long hours at your desk, you could set a reminder on your computer to stop for a quick rest. Sit up straight, notice any tension in your shoulders or neck and stretch if you can. If not then when you go for a bathroom break do a few shoulder rolls and head rolls before continuing with your work.
- Lunch – It’s easy to eat lunch in a hurry, perhaps checking your phone while doing so. Instead, slow down and enjoy the taste of the food. Notice what you are eating – the flavours and textures.
- Bedtime – Treat yourself to a guided meditation before bed, you’ll sleep more soundly.
If you bring even one or two of these suggestions into your daily life and do them regularly, you will find that gradually they will become mindful habits. Try and see! Have you got any mindful habits that you’re willing to share?