We all know the benefits that mindfulness is said to give us, but sitting in a dark room meditating every morning can seem like a pretty daunting (and unrealistic!) prospect. But practicing mindfulness doesn’t have to mean sitting in silence every day! If you’ve tried and failed to get to grips with typical forms of still meditation, then give one of these active, mindful activities a go instead…
Eating & Cooking Mindfully
Be mindful of the process of cooking and get lost in the movements of chopping and mixing. Then, once you’ve finished your culinary masterpiece, take the time to sit down and slowly enjoy the meal you’ve cooked. Think about chewing each mouthful, noticing the different tastes and textures as they sit on your tongue. Not only is this a great way to add a sense of mindfulness in your day, but it will also be a lot kinder on your digestive system.
Getting Lost in Something You Love
Whether you love dancing, painting, running or writing, getting lost in something you love is another great way to practice mindfulness. Lose yourself in the joy of the moment and allow yourself to get away from the stresses whirring around in your head. Becoming present in this way on a regular basis will do wonders for your health and happiness!
Colouring has been a huge trend in the last few years, and it’s not surprising why! This form of active meditation let’s your mind relax, and focusing on simple, repetitive motions and different colours can also block out negative thoughts, bringing you back to the present.
Observing Your Feelings and Thoughts
Becoming more aware of your thoughts and feelings can help create distant between yourself and your emotions. By simply observing them as they come and go without judgement, you will start to feel much more relaxed. Remember, your feelings and thoughts do not define you!
There’s a reason that breathing is a key part of any meditation. It’s a daily necessity, but is also a great way to bring your awareness back to the here and now. Instead of sneaking off to meditate when you get frustrated at work or overwhelmed with life, try to simply bring your focus back to your breathing for a few moments. Take big, deep breaths to lower your heart rate and reduce your rising stress levels.
Keeping a journal of gratitude might sound a bit ‘hippy’ and lame, but it can actually make a huge difference to your general happiness. After a really rubbish day, taking the time to have gratitude for a roof over your head, a delicious meal in your stomach or even just seeing a cute dog on your way home from work - it’s the little things after all!