Mindfulness: An Overview
Mindfulness, or being mindful is the practice of keeping your mind and attention fully present when doing a task. You can be mindful doing anything. Mindful breathing, mindful dinner conversation, mindful gardening. As long as your attention is in the present moment, you are being mindful! It just takes intention and practice.
Being mindful when doing something gives your mind a break, a chance to think about only the present task at hand rather than on the million emails and meetings you have to deal with.
But the thing about mindfulness is that sometimes it can be complicated. There are so many ways to be mindful, that it can be overwhelming to pick one!
I’ve tried mindful coloring, mindful eating
My goal for this year is to try to do something mindfully in the morning, afternoon and evening.
So I’ve decided to do what works for me. Not what Pinterest or Instagram tells me to do.
Morning Mindfulness: Coffee
For me, there have been a few things that I am able to consistently be mindful with. The
I’ve noticed the aroma and taste are amplified because all of my senses are focused. Focusing on my coffee gives my brain some space to clear up and get ready for the day.
Tbh, I feel really energized (not just from the caffeine, I swear!) when I’m done enjoying my morning coffee. My brain always feels like it has taken a loooong break, probably because it is not used to taking even short ones!
Afternoon Mindfulness: It Depends
As a freelance web developer and writer, my afternoons vary from day to day. But there are a few things that I like to do mindfully, depending on the amount of time and/or energy I have.
A few things I like to do during the afternoon are:
- Walking my dogs
- Sitting outside and observing nature
- Browsing shops (not buying, just observing!)
- Drinking tea
Even if I only have a few minutes, I try to take time to give my mind a break. And my eyes. Because I stare at a screen all day!
When I take a few minutes to be mindful during the afternoon I am able to gain that little boost of energy I need to make it through the rest of the day. And to be productive during that time!
Evening Mindfulness: Legos
My boyfriend and I have been talking about how much we used to love
destroying building things!
As we talked about what we loved about Legos, I realized that both were really mindful actions! And that we both used to get engrossed for hours playing with simple, colorful blocks.
It got me to thinking. If I could spend even 10-20 minutes a day that absorbed and mindful in something both creative and relaxing, that could be the perfect evening mindfulness activity. But all of the ideas I had for mindfulness activities seemed too complex, or too uninteresting!
So I went out and bought a big box of Legos. The one that comes with the LEGO CASE! Because I am an adult and can finally buy Legos whenever I want!
And boy has my life changed for the better.
There is something so soothing about the sound the Legos make as you drag your hand through them. And there is something even more soothing about how present my mind is as I search for the perfect piece to complete my design. I focus on the colors, shapes
Twenty minutes fly by when I am building with Legos, and I can literally feel my mind clearing up from the mental break I get when creating.
Remember, anything can be done mindfully if you keep your thoughts fully present! And what works for others may not work for you! That’s why I’ve compiled a list of things you can do – mindfully!
- Lego building
- Nail painting
- Doing makeup
- Brushing your hair
- Brushing your teeth
- Walking a dog
- Organizing a drawer or cabinet
Do you do any mindful activities? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear them!
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