Mindfulness is about more than just meditation, even though that’s the focus of so many posts here. Here are some quick tips to be more mindful in your day to day life.
- Constant vigilance:The first tip is one for which there is no trick. Put simply, if you’re going to be more mindful, you have to work at it, at least initially. Without a constant effort, you will remain as you were.
- Common Experiences: Before you scream at that idiot driver in front of you (or as you are screaming, in my case), think of yourself or a loved one in a similar situation. In my case I try to think of my mother, who has some vision problems, driving over-cautiously when I get frustrated with an over-cautious driver that is slowing down my commute. It is not an exaggeration to say that becoming a more mindful driver is one of my toughest challenges.
- Renewing habits: I think we all know it’s not hard to “start” a new habit. It’s hard to make it an actual habit instead of something you just do for a week. It’s always important to keep in mind that something is better than nothing; as such, I like to think of “renewing” habits constantly for when I fall off the wagon a little bit. This is a subset of the first tip, really.
- Take time: Take time out to recognize how beautiful something is every day. For me, this is often marveling at a sunrise or sunset (sunset more now that I don’t get up so early for work). Another favorite natural marvel of mine is the way green leaves look at the end of the day. There is something about the way the light strikes the leaves, especially if you look towards the sun while the leaves are blocking it, so that light creeps around the edges, that I find so beautiful….
- Drink and eat: You probably didn’t expect this one. I know we all hear it so often, but that’s only because it’s true: Drink Water! It’s amazing how often a couple glasses of water can turn you from being irritable to at peace. The same goes for eating; if your blood sugar is out of whack, you’re going to have a hard time controlling your mind. Don’t abuse your body through neglect.
These are basic, but if you apply them they will make a difference in your life and your ultimate happiness. And no, I cannot stress enough how difficult battling road rage is for me. Why don’t you share your biggest mindfulness challenge in the comments?Tweet
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