Journey to Mindfulness
The New Year is around the corner, and if being more mindful is at the top of your resolution list, we’ve got you covered. Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present and aware of your surroundings. Being mindful isn’t about mastering a skill or achieving something significant. It’s a journey to build routines that fit into your lifestyle.
In advance of the New Year, we’ve put together a few ways you can start your journey to mindfulness.
Create a Mindful Morning Routine
Is scrolling social media or emails the first thing you do in the morning? If so, you might not be setting yourself up for success. Making small shifts to bring mindfulness to your morning routine can set your entire day up for success. Before you jump into social media or work, drink a glass of water, brush your teeth, and take a few deep breaths. Try journaling for five to 10 minutes in the morning and see how it makes you feel.
Add Burst of Mindfulness Throughout Your Day
Practicing mindfulness doesn’t have to be an all-consuming task. It’s something that you can incorporate into daily tasks and routines. The Veraki App helps you establish these routines with short exercises and visualizations along with more in-depth courses for when you have time to dig in.
Pay Attention to Your Breathing
It’s a small shift, but one that can take you out of fight or flight mode and into the present. By focusing on your breathing, you’ll be more aware of how your body reacts to your emotions and what’s happening around you. Slow your breath down and notice if it helps you destress.
How often have you scarfed down breakfast while checking emails and doing the dishes? Instead of multitasking, focus on just the task of eating. By slowing down, you’ll also be able to identify hunger cues better. Taking a more intuitive approach to your meals isn’t just a good practice of mindfulness; it’s also better for your digestion!
Take Breaks To Spend Time Outside
Schedule regular breaks into your day to spend time outdoors. A good rule of thumb is to take breaks between tasks and use that pause to disconnect. Walk around the block, stand in the sunlight, or simply take a moment to look out the window and observe the world around you. Taking time to disconnect and practice presence is a great way to integrate mindfulness every day.
Listen, Listen, Listen
Listening is one of the best ways to integrate mindfulness into your relationships. When you practice active listening, you’ll be able to connect with the people in your life on a deeper level. This simple practice can help you in your personal and professional life.
Wherever you are in your mindfulness journey, know that we’re here to support you and help you grow. Veraki features mindfulness exercises that you can easily integrate into your daily life. Download it today in the App Store or Google Play.