Simple mindfulness exercise

How mindful are you on a daily basis? Do you find you have a string of thoughts that jump from one to the next without a break?  Always thinking about what’s next and not enjoying the moment can leave you feeling overwhelmed so investing a few minutes into practicing this simple mindfulness exercise can make a huge positive impact on your life.

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Research shows that people who take a few minutes each day to actively savour something that they would usually rush experience, on average, a higher percentage of positive emotions and fewer depressive ones. A few examples are walking the dog, eating a meal or having a hot drink.

cupA very simple way to start being more mindful is to focus on your morning tea or coffee for the time it takes you to drink it. Forget all other distractions such as the TV, radio or your phone and really savour the moment by immersing yourself in the minute details of your beverage. Allow any thoughts or feelings to pass without judgement or engagement.

Begin to notice the

  • Smell
  • Colour
  • Feel
  • Taste
  • Texture

How does it feel

  • In your hands
  • On your lips
  • On your tongue

If any unwanted feelings or thoughts distract you acknowledge them, allow them to pass and go back to your practice. The more you do this, the easier it will become so try to start every day with this simple technique or build it into your daily routine and eat a mindful lunch.

Building stress management tools like mindfulness into your routine will do wonders for your mental healthy and the way you react to the outside world. If you need more help with managing stress or anxiety call us today on 01438 358174.