5 Daily Mindfulness Tips to Help Keep Calm and Live in the Moment
The world is loud, fast, an orchestra of sounds, shapes, and lights that are constantly demanding our attention. In that hectic environment, it’s vital to take time to enjoy the moment, relieve your stress, and live for the now. That’s why mindfulness can be such a powerful tool in our daily lives.
The meaning of mindfulness
Mindfulness helps you live in the moment, to be fully conscious of your body, mind, and space around you. Mindful practice is designed to promote awareness, supporting your mental well-being through an appreciation and acceptance of your thoughts, emotions, sensations, and environment.
The benefits of mindful practice are far-reaching and widely celebrated. A comprehensive analysis of research shows it can be instrumental in helping battle anxiety and depression, as well as tackling pain. So here are 5 steps you can take in your daily life to promote a more mindful existence.
Step 1 – Mindfulness When you Wake Up
Mindfulness offers the ability to ground your existence, to place yourself in the moment and prepare you for daily life. That’s a powerful way to start your day.
When you wake up, take time to appreciate the moment you find yourself in. Focus on your breathing, live in the moment of each breath, let the acceptance and recognition of that moment provide the calming foundation on which to build your day.
Take time to reflect on your purpose, the intent you have for the day ahead. Understanding your goals is an important part of mindfulness, providing a framework for the moments which follow. This intent should include ways to support your own positive actions, as well as positively supporting others. You can revisit these intentions throughout your day in moments of mindfulness, helping refresh your commitment to the goals you’ve laid out.
Step 2 – Mindfulness as you Move
It’s often at the time of travel that our world becomes the most frantic. The roads are cluttered with growling cars and honking horns, the MRT is a babble of noise as bodies press against each other, and even the pavements are frantic with shuffling feet and rushing pedestrians. These are the times which can be the most difficult to find our mindful moments.
Centre yourself with mindful practice that helps you find that moment and understand it. If you’re travelling on public transport, put your screen to one side and ignore the temptation of distraction through bright backlit connectivity. Instead, connect to the moment around you by focusing on the sounds of travel and appreciating the space in which you reside. Pause, calm, and appreciate.
When driving to work, take those hectic moments in frantic jams as another opportunity to calm and centre yourself. Focus on the cool breeze of the air con, the soft whir of fans moving the air around you, the private moment in your own world as you travel with purpose to your next destination. You can learn to look on these pauses in your journey as a time to live in the now, rather than a frustration at where you would wish to be instead.
Step 3 – Mindfulness in the Office
The office is often a place where our purpose and intent are supressed in favour of the goals of our working day. It doesn’t have to be that way. Our purpose is a crucial part of our mindfulness, and grounding that understanding can provide a powerful impetus for a better working life.
Your mindful practice can provide a stimulus to your work, reduce burnout, and support a more creative mindset that inspires success. Use calming techniques to centre you when required during the working day. Close your eyes, bring your mind back to your breathing, focus on five slow breaths and find that moment. You can do the same by focusing on a sound, residing in that moment through the flutter of papers in the wind, the sound of a fan whirring in the air con, the ring of a phone. Find that moment, understand it, perhaps calmly name the sounds and sensations you are experiencing, and appreciate the now.
When it comes to leadership, mindfulness can be a powerful route to empathy that enables you to connect with your workforce. Taking time to appreciate the moments around you also offers the opportunity to grow understanding of your employees. Mindfulness is about listening, and comprehending, the world about you, making for a more compassionate environment that inspires confidence and encourages workers to excel.
Step 4 – Mindfulness and Makan
Makan should be an experience we cherish, the subtle flavours and exquisite moments of eating offer a near-spiritual path themselves in Malaysia. But so often we find ourselves sacrificing that pleasure of the moment to the functional need to acquire sustenance in our fast-paced world. Mindfulness can help unlock that pleasure in the moments of eating once more.
Engage your senses through eating to truly unlock the pleasure of each mouthful. Ground yourself with a breath to start, focusing on the sensations you’re experiencing, and offering a foundation of calm for the experience to come. Centre your physical self, understand your needs, hungers and desires before you eat.Sample your food using small bites, focusing your senses on the moment and sensations that the food inspires. Identify the subtle flavours and ingredients as you enjoy your food, exploring the different levels of the experience revealed in the moment. A comprehensive approach to mindful eating can not only help you enjoy the experience more, but provide a powerful tool in combatting overeating and weight gain.
Step 5 – Mindfulness to Sleep
Switching off is an important part of mindfulness, respecting the bodies need for its own rest. With a modern 24/7 lifestyle, that challenge is more immediate than many would like. Mindfulness can provide a gradual process that moves you towards moments of rest and sleep.
Light can be an important part of this journey towards rest. Reduce the brightness you experience in the hour before sleep, dimming lights, changing to soft lighting in rooms, and trying to avoid the use of mobile devices in particular.
The period immediately before sleep is an important opportunity to calm your mind by appreciating the moment. Focus on your body and the sensations pushing against it, the press of bed sheet against your leg, the pressure of your body against a seat.
Mindfulness on the path to sleep is about a focus on the now, putting aside any concern outside your immediate environment. Understand your body, calm your mind, and live in the moment. Focus on your breathing, the moment in which you exist. Simply be.
Connect to more mindful practice
Mindful practice is not a rigid discipline with rules you must follow. It’s a way of living that empowers you to live in the moment, providing a philosophy that supports you in everyday life. That means a healthier way to live, work, and play.
Mindfulness is designed to connect your awareness of the world around you, to understand and appreciate the moments that make up your life.
If you want to find out more about mindfulness, or the benefits of meditative and mindful practice to the way we live and work, why not explore the range of events at MURFEST. And if you’re looking to promote a more mindful workspace, why not see how our Corporate Yoga event could help connect you to greater awareness and better practice at work.