In this modern age we live in, it's more important than ever to understand mindfulness and how to apply it in your life. Things are dramatically different to how they were even just ten years ago. The internet and social networking have taken up a huge part of our attention. Where we used to digest new information once or twice per day, we now see news stories and friends’ updates from around the world in an endless stream of data.
It's clear a lot of people are addicted to this new development in human culture, which is why mindfulness is so vital and the perfect antidote for feeling overwhelmed, sucked in and drained. Being mindful gives you a personal area that you can enter whenever you wish, away from the hustle and bustle.
So how do you switch off, even just for a few moments in this sea of chaos? Mindfulness can be practiced in a variety of ways, and in fact, you can make almost anything a mindful activity. If you're on the commute to work traveling via trains, buses or walking, grab a coffee or drink you enjoy and take sips as you go about your journey. Focus on the sensations of the liquid touching your lips, entering your mouth and the taste forming. Use all your senses to anchor you in the present moment.
Meditating for 20 minutes each morning before you start your day will help you develop an awareness of your mind activity. Focus is a skill that can be enhanced through meditation, so if you feel flustered and bogged down with too much going on in your head, an effective remedy is to grow your awareness and concentration levels.
Learn to become a spectator of your life. Through watching your thoughts, you begin to see which will benefit you and which will harm you. Become selective as to what mind activity you wish to engage with, and be careful that you only choose positivity. Just because everything is moving fast and rapidly outside of you, it doesn't mean you have to reflect that on the inside. Move slowly; feel every breath and step you take. Leave your phone alone and bask in nature.
Take Advantage of Technology
It's important to remember technology is manufactured to make life easier for humans; it wasn't devised for us to be enslaved by it. However, it's apparent that, unfortunately, the latter has become true for a lot of people. If we approach technology from the point of view that it aids us, we can use it to help us become more mindful. There are apps designed for mindfulness and well-being that are proving to be very effective. However, it's important you protect your data.
Setting alerts and reminders on smartphones is actually changing the way people view them, as they're forcing people to become healthier. These alerts usually come to the rescue at most points of the day, whether you're actively using your phone at the time or busy doing something. It's like receiving a nudge from yourself telling you to slow down and be healthful. Using your phone in this way will ensure you take more breaks and look after yourself.
Have any mindfulness tips for busy lifestyles you've found effective? Leave a comment below.
Author bio: Faith is a health and wellness blogger who enjoys keeping up to date with the latest tips and methods available. She also loves teaching others the importance of a balanced lifestyle through a mindful approach.
Faith is a health and wellness blogger who enjoys keeping up to date with the latest tips and methods available. She also loves teaching others the importance of a balanced lifestyle through a mindful approach.
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.