We live in a busy world. If you’ve spent almost any time in the workforce, you’ve likely experienced that sense of dread that comes with a pending deadline, or the stress that can follow you home and consume your thoughts long after you’ve left the office.
Why is it so difficult to slow down our thoughts and appreciate the present moment?
Our minds are moving faster than ever before. And in a world where we are constantly connected and rewarded for multitasking, it can be hard to be mindful. But, if practiced regularly, mindfulness can help reduce stress and improve focus. How can you make mindfulness work for you?
1. Start Small
For beginners, meditation and other mindfulness practices can seem intimidating. But you don’t have to be a mindfulness guru to benefit from it. Setting aside just a few minutes a day to close your eyes and slow your breath can help improve your mood and enhance your focus. Not sure where to start? Check out a sample from MindFirst’s Learning to Meditate series. In just a few minutes, these short meditations can help you clear your mind and guide you on common meditation strategies.
2. Let Go of Your Expectations
If you are looking to become more mindful in your daily life, meditation is a great place to start. You might expect meditation to be easy. But it’s often very difficult to quiet your mind, and it can be frustrating when thoughts will continue to pop into your head during a meditation session. Letting go of expectations about how meditation is “supposed” to go and how mindfulness “should” make you feel takes the pressure off this practice. Once you let go of these expectations, you can learn to enjoy it.
3. Practice Regularly
Like anything else, becoming more mindful takes practice. We are all students of mindful living; we all face day-to-day stresses and are constantly learning strategies to slow down our thoughts and keep our minds in the present. With regular practice, you can learn to use meditation and other strategies, like mindful eating or exercise, to help reduce stress and achieve your goals.
So Let’s Recap
Becoming more mindful might seem like an impossible task at first. But by starting small, letting go of expectations, and practicing regularly, you can make mindfulness work for you. With so many health benefits, from reduced stress to improved focus, practicing mindfulness is worth the effort. Ready to start your mindfulness journey? Learn how MindFirst Health & Fitness can help.