Who doesn’t have a busy life? I know I do. 💩
Sometimes I feel like my mind won’t stop racing from 6 in the morning until, at least, 10 at night.😴 Crashing and burning out is inevitable if you try to keep this up. We get sick, break down and give up.
Willpower can only take you so far. But willpower and a zen mind can take you way further – apparently. 😉
Recently I read a couple of books on mindfulness and they got me thinking. How can I be more mindful? Will it help me deal with these issues?
In this article we briefly explain mindfulness, give some easy tips on how to be more mindful and point you in the right direction if you want to read more on this subject.
What is mindfulness
In four words, mindfulness means “living here and now”. But that doesn’t sound very fancy, does it? For those of you who’ve read our article on flow, this is an example of mindfulness.
Science has shown that being mindful is a way to improve quality of life and leads to a longer, happier life. Who doesn’t want that? 😄
How to be more mindful – with minimum effort.
If you want to be more mindful, here are some tips we practice to slow down our racing brains during the day. Feel free to share yours via your favorite social media channel.
- Put full focus on experiencing your body and your actions when going through your daily routines. Brushing your teeth. Putting on your clothes. Feel what you are doing.
- I sometimes practice mindful eating. Which means leaving my phone in my pocket (preferably on airplane or Do Not Disturb mode), taking a seat on a table with no distractions, slowly eating my food, bite by bite, and really experiencing my meal. 🍽
I put down my fork & knife after each bite and put my hands on the table so I can focus on what’s going on in my mouth.
Only after I swallow, will I start with the next bite and pick up my fork & knife again.
It’s amazing how having a meal can clear your head.
“Mindful eating”, sounds weird? I thought so too, until I gave it a try.😉
- Headspace is a great meditation app with 10 minute meditation sessions. Give it a shot. The first 10 sessions are free and after that a subscription isn’t that expensive. We’re giving away a free month of Headspace soon! Keep an eye on our social media channels. 😄
- Making sure you’re not distracted doing your work or daily chores. The state of mind called ‘Flow’, where you are fully engaged in the task you are doing, is a way to be more mindful. We have an article with tips on how to setup your iPhone for distraction-free work and/or life.
Work with Outlook for your mails/tasks? Try disabling all notifications for a new mail (sound, popups,…). Other email programs have similar customisability to disable distractions.
Further reading on mindfulness
We can highly recommend the books below if you want to learn more about mindfulness. We get a small commission when you buy books through our website but that doesn’t make it more expensive for you 😉
- Practicing the power of now by Eckhart Tolle
- The Science of Mindfulness: A research-based path to well-being by The Great Courses (Audible)
Both are available through Audible, our preferred way of “reading”. If you don’t have it yet, get it here with 2 free audiobooks.
How do you practice mindfulness? Let us know via a comment on your favorite social media channel. 😉😄
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