Mindfulness tips for daily living
Mindfulness can be a useful tool when trying to create time for oneself, as well as appreciating small moments in everyday life, according to Edel Fortune, the day service programme manager at St Patrick's Mental Health Services in Dublin. So, here are some tips to help you stay present in your daily life:
• Breathe: take five to 10 mindful deep breaths at the start and end of each day
• Pause for five breaths before entering a stressful situation, such as a conflict. This will allow you evaluate what is needed from you in this situation and increase your patience as you address whatever issue you are about to face
• Get in to the habit of "justing". Focus on "just eating" or "just showering" instead of using this time to plan and worry. Parents should talk to their children about the food on their plate, how it smells and tastes and even sounds when eating
• Break distracting habits: try to pay attention to habits that can distract your attention from what you are doing. For example, how often every hour do you check your phone?
• Reminder: remembering to be mindful is a challenge, so set an alarm on your phone to remind you in that moment
• Walk: go for a walk and pay attention to the sights, sounds and smells at this time of year. Walk with as much awareness as possible
• Instead of writing the usual "to do" list that will inevitably include some needless activities, sit quietly and ask yourself what activities are going to benefit and what activities are more avoidable.
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