Mindfulness is all the rage at the moment, and that is with good reason. When it is approached in the right manner and with a positive attitude, it can be an incredibly useful tool for realizing what is going on inside your own head, and even transforming that for the better over time. These days, mindfulness as a concept has expanded somewhat, and it is no longer necessarily just pertaining to the practice borne of meditation. These days, there is more of a trend to just try and be more mindful in everyday life, in particular while doing various normal tasks. This can often be calming and relaxing, and is certainly worthwhile. In this post, we will look at a few tasks which you might want to look into as opportunities to be more mindful, and so live a calmer and happier life.
Arts & Crafts
If you don’t already have a specific hobby, then you might want to think about getting into arts and crafts. This is something you can truly enjoy at any age, and if you approach it in the right way it can be a very useful means of practising a little mindfulness. It is highly recommended that you set yourself up beforehand so that you can focus on your creative session with more ease and without being distracted. So if you can get your hot glue guns and paper and so on together at the start, and – even better – put your phone away on silent somewhere, then you can really get down to it and start to create some amazing things. Go slowly, and carefully, and you will find that you are able to be more mindful as you go along, and that this might be very peaceful indeed.
People rarely think of exercise as something that can go hand-in-hand with mindfulness, but if you are a keen jogger you will know full well that this is one kind of workout which can actually often feel like a meditation in itself. It’s actually a very simple matter to be more mindful while running. You just have to focus on the actual lived experience of that run, moment by moment, as it is. Now notice the breath doing its thing, now notice the placement of the feet as you run along. This can be enormously relaxing, and a true tonic for your mind and body all at once.
There is nothing that says that you have to be alone when you are being mindful. In fact, some of the most powerful things you can do involve being mindful while engaging in activities with others. Something that can be particularly good for this is the simple act of conversation. When you are talking with someone, try your hardest to focus fully on what they are saying, rather than letting your mind wander with what you want to say or with other thoughts entirely. The more mindful you are, the more they will appreciate it too.