Maybe you’re thinking, “What’s the big deal about Mindfulness? Isn’t it just a buzzword for another new age fad?” Hardly.
Our lives are becoming more and more stressful every day. With all our modern pressures and stresses, it’s sometimes hard to feel motivated Even worse, you may be one of the more than 15 million American adults in the U.S. where excessive stress has made you feel sad and even depressed.
If you want to feel better quickly, without drugs, then mindfulness might be just what you need to start feeling like yourself again. While not a miracle cure, it has been around for many centuries. Its purpose is to help heighten your awareness of the things you do. It does it by having you pay attention on purpose.
The practice of mindfulness allows you to have a more positive attitude about the things happening in your life by feeling optimistic and in control.
Here are 3 mindfulness techniques to help you be a better you.
1. Practice Purposeful Breathing
Mindful or purposeful breathing is one of the simplest ways to bring the power of mindfulness in to your daily life. It can also include a brief and simple meditation routine.
You don’t need to convert to Zen Buddhism or sit for hours on a hard-wooden floor or in the middle or the jungle. Simply sit still on your couch, in a chair on anywhere you’d like, and focus as your breath goes in and out of your lungs. Don’t force or push your breaths, simply breathe rhythmically and deeply.
As you breathe observe as your breaths as they come in and go out. When thoughts creep into your mind and begin to distract you, don’t try to push them away. Instead, acknowledge those thoughts and thank them for coming, and then resume focusing on your breathing pattern.
Try to do this for around 15 minutes every day. I can almost guarantee that you will immediately begin to experience a feeling of calm. You will also be able to observe your thoughts and feelings with more calmness. This awareness will help you to more freely choose appropriate and effective responses in stressful situations and enhance your overall mood.
2. Make Mindfulness Reminders
To stay mindful, set up some reminders, or triggers, that remind you throughout the day to relax, and practice being mindful. One example is when your phone rings, practice taking a purposeful breath before answering the call. While on the call, completely focus on what the other person is saying without any multitasking.
Another example is when stopped at a traffic light, or right before entering a meeting, use the event as a trigger to be mindful and pay attention to what is around you now, in the moment. These mindfulness reminders will help you to heighten your self-awareness, while transforming you into a person that inspires others.
3. Nurture Time with Nature
Spending time in natural surroundings is another excellent mindfulness technique. Just taking time to be in nature will help you to become a more relaxed person. You don’t have to go to a national park. Just take a walk in your garden or a city park, or anywhere where you can surround yourself with nature as you walk.
Observe your surroundings, immerse yourself in the environment. Do not answer any phone calls. Oh, yeah, also resist the urge to log into Instagram or Facebook to share your status. Just be mindful of nature’s sounds, and allow yourself to escape technology completely.
You Can Begin Using Mindfulness Right Now
These 3 mindfulness techniques are wonderful tools to help you stay happy, calm, and centered no matter the situation. They will help you become a better person and improve your overall quality of life.
What more can you ask for? Go ahead and put mindfulness to work for you right away!
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About the author:
Wil Dieck is a writer, speaker, researcher, college professor and master martial arts instructor. He studies and teaches people from all walks of life how to use simple psychological techniques to develop high performance habits.
Wil’s most recent works includes the highly ranked Amazon Kindle book, Secrets of the Black Belt Mindset, Turing Simple Habits into Extraordinary Success and Modern Mindfulness, A Beginners Guide on How to Find Peace and Happiness in a Busy World.
In addition to his work as a researcher, writer, and speaker, Wil is a professor of psychology and business at San Diego University of Integrated Studies.
Wil runs a peak performance coaching practice in San Diego, California. Additionally, he regularly works with people who are suffering from stress and anxiety using meditation, hypnotherapy and NLP.