Mindfulness: “a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.”
I’m sure you’ve seen captions upon captions about mindfulness circulating around social media on the daily. And it is undeniable that much of what is mentioned on social media concerning health and wellness is gimmicky. However, I do believe that there is something to be said for mindfulness.
Here are some personal mindfulness “favorites” that work well for me (depending on the day, my mood, etc.) That being said, the manner of incorporating such practice into one’s daily life should and will look different from person to person—my favorites may or may not work for you.
After some trial and error, consider curating your own list of mindfulness favorites—of which you can refer back to on a daily basis (or as frequently as you'd like).
- Yoga with Adriene—https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene
- Headspace (a meditation app)
- Ordering takeout, pouring a glass of wine, and watching videos or a show. No prep. No cleanup. No rumination.
- Weekly therapy
- Folding laundry, dusting, or vacuuming. Any methodical cleaning project that has a clear start and finish.
- Taking a drive
- Watching a nostalgic childhood movie
- Recording a voice memo just…venting.
- Sitting with discomfort (be it physical or mental), without distractions. Let go of control.
- Resting without napping. Laying in Shavasana.
- Making a list of senses, handwritten or typed. In this moment—what do you hear; see; feel; smell; taste?
- Wandering a bookstore
- Going to a restaurant you haven’t been to before—solo. No phone during the awkward sitting or waiting. Just observing. Perhaps chatting. Existing then and there.
- Satisfy a craving.
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