Mindfulness is a concept which we all have the ability to carry out, however as the saying goes, practice makes perfect!
A form of meditation, mindfulness involves being intensely tuned into your feelings and senses in a present moment. Reconnecting with the body’s sensations means paying full attention to the smells, sounds and sights that surround you in your environment.
Practising mindfulness is a win-win for employers and employees; while employees can gain through the physiological benefits, employers are also reaping the rewards through healthy employees with enhanced wellbeing, creativity and productivity.
The breathing methods used during mindfulness have proven to increase focus, decrease stress levels, improve emotional intelligence and reduce burnout. Mindfulness has also helped to improve communications, reduce conflict and contribute to a better physical health. Sounds great doesn’t it?
If you have been feeling caught up in your own thoughts or as though you are lacking a connection with the present moment, then dedicating some time out of your busy schedule to practice mindfulness could be beneficial to you.
To help you get started, we’ve compiled 6 of our best tips for mindfulness beginners:
1. Find quiet and comfortable surroundings to practice in
If you intend to be truly mindful, you will need to find a quiet and comfortable place to meditate. Too much noise will be distracting and will hinder your chances of being present and aware of all of your senses.
Comfort is also key, try to find a room or outdoor area with plenty of space so that you don’t feel claustrophobic or trapped. Feeling this way won’t make it any easier to switch off and relax.
2. Tailor mindfulness into your routine
By making mindfulness a part of your daily routine, this will ensure you always have the opportunity to dedicate time to the practice. You could fit this in after your morning shower or spend half an hour when you return home from work. Whether you practice mindfulness on a daily or weekly basis, incorporating it into your routine will make it easier to stick to.
3. Use an app to help you be mindful
If you still aren’t quite sure where to start, there are many helpful wellness apps that can guide you along the way. Favourites include Headspace, Calm, Insight Timer and Smiling Mind! With content including tips and expert advice, mindfulness apps are the perfect companion for beginners!
4. Join in with a friend
If you don’t like the idea of meditating alone, why not see if a friend wants to get involved too? By practising mindfulness together you will be able to encourage each other and you could even see if there is a local mindfulness group you could join. Joining a group could also be a great way to meet new people and feel like a part of your community.
5. Focus your attention onto a specific object
By placing your full attention on a specific object, such as a painting on your wall, you make this a place to shift your attention back to should your mind begin to wander. By doing this, you should also find it easier to drown out any surrounding distractions and be truly present in the moment.
6. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself
Always remember, as much as mindfulness is a technique to be taken seriously, it is still a process to be enjoyed and give you as much satisfaction as possible. Don’t pressure yourself if you do struggle to zone out of your surroundings, simply try again later!
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