“Okay, I get it. Mindfulness is good for me. But how do I actually do it?”
If this is you, we are here to help! We totally understand that getting into a regular practice of something new is hard - especially when you are super busy. It helps to shift the expectation of having a long, separate practice to having mindfulness be shorter and more frequent. It also helps to attach mindfulness to everyday activities in order to make it part of your routine. Here are a few examples:
Mindful morning habits. Every morning you brush your teeth (hopefully!). Add mindfulness to this by focusing your attention on the act of brushing your teeth.
Mindful walking. Whether walking in hallways or walking around town, bring your attention to your surroundings and to your senses. You can do this any time, anywhere.
Mindful body scan. Wherever you are, you can take a moment to focus on your body. Sometimes it is helpful to start at the feet and move up the body. The goal of this is not to make any feelings or sensations go away, but rather to simply acknowledge them.
Here’s a tip sheet from a great local resource on mindfulness that helps you to build a regular mindfulness practice.
Check it out here!