Mindfulness. We see that word everywhere these days but what does it mean?
Put simply, it’s being fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, in the moment.
And science says practicing it is good for us! It cuts down on stress, helps make us healthier and happier, and even sparks innovation. When we de-clutter our minds, it makes finding solutions to our problems easier to suss out.
But who has time to pull out a cushion, turn out the lights and get in the yoga position? The extremely busy person in me recognizes the extremely busy person in you. So here are a few ways to squeeze a little mindfulness meditation into your daily routine.
Mono-tasking is the mindfulness way.
Multi-task. Sure, it sounds counterintuitive, but mindful meditation can be combined with walking, running or other exercise. Instead of blasting Metallica in the headphones, try something more tranquil and concentrate on being present during the exercise. Some people even find it helps them tune in to specific muscle groups when working out.
Make it part of your nightly sleep-prep routine. Get in your PJ’s, brush your teeth, and then sneak in a little mediation when you lie down in your bed. Many people who have added this practice to their routine say it helps them fall asleep faster and can even lead to a better night’s sleep.
Get yourself an app. There are plenty of good ones out there like Headspace and Stop, Breathe & Think that can help remind you to take a few minutes for yourself and guide you through meditative practices.
Ink it Onto Your Calendar. Add a few minutes for mindful meditation to your daily calendar. And when the reminder pops up, don’t brush it off. Take the time to spin away from the phone, keyboard or screen. After all, you deserve the “me time.”