Everyday Mindfulness Exercises are Great For You

Everyday Mindfulness Exercises are Great For YouOne of the best ways to become calmer and more at peace with life is to do everyday mindfulness exercises. To be mindful of what you are doing and what is going on around you without thinking of the past or planning the future. It is not that easy, since we have a strong tendency to run off in our minds and either mull over things that have happened or what this or that person said or did. If we don’t do that we begin to plan what we will cook for dinner tomorrow or how we are going to be able to get things ready for the family picnic or something like that. Then when we are at the family picnic we really aren’t there either because then we are planning something else.

Mindfulness helps your health

Practicing mindfulness can reduce our stress levels and make us a lot healthier. The blood pressure goes down and we feel calmer and actually more alive than when we just go through the motions on autopilot.

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Mindfulness also makes us stronger and more resilient to stressful situations like loss or problems at work, because by being mindful we allow the mind to rest and recuperate. We also give our mind time to work in the background on how to solve our problems, because when we don’t interfere; the subconscious mind is constantly problem solving.

How to be mindful

It is a very easy process, but as all easy processes it can be a bit tricky because of the agility of our minds. All you have to do is think of what you are doing!

Now that of course sounds almost ridiculously easy, but it isn’t. I dare you to be able to keep your mind solely on what you are doing for five minutes in a row, if you are not used to it! It takes a whole lot of practice before you can get to five minutes, let alone half an hour, but it is worth it when you notice how much better you feel and how the stress levels go down.

Notice everything

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When you do this practice it gets easier if you notice and think of every little thing you are doing and feeling. You can talk to yourself and say things like: now I’m peeling a potato, the vegetable peeler feels cold in my hand, the color of the potato is creamy yellow when the peels come off, now I’m putting the potato in the pot with all the others and adding water. Now I’m putting the pot on the stove, and so on.

I know it sounds silly, but it is a way of being very present in the moment and not only do things without thinking. It also makes the most mundane things more enjoyable for some strange reason. It is like you notice your own life for the first time, and that is really a beautiful thing, don’t you think?

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2 thoughts on “Everyday Mindfulness Exercises are Great For You”

  1. As I am reading this I am being more aware of the fact I am holding the mouse and using the scroll button on the mouse.

    Now I become more mindful of the keyboard I am now using so I can type these words for you.

    It does take some practice not only with what I am doing now but you will find you become more aware of you surrounding as the same time.

    This is a very enjoyable post Kristina and I thank you for that .
    I believe the more mindful you become the more awareness you develop along the way.

    This is a great exercise for the mind and by using this awareness will help you to take that stress and be able to focus and a better way.

    Yes to some it may seem kind of silly but I would rather do this than be stressful.

    This will help to calm you as you practice more. Then again just being here on this site gives me peace and serenity as well. You are truly gifted.

    Look forward in reading more in the very near future.

    Namaste my friend

    Andre

    1. You are a welcome guest on my website Andre, and I so appreciate your kind words. Having someone with your kindness and wisdom say that what I write is good and a sign of being gifted means more to me than you will ever know.

      Mindfulness in everyday life is a wonderful gift to oneself and helps creating a stressfree life. It also gives the gift of beauty, since when you start noticing your surroundings you have the chance of really seing all the beautiful things you otherwise miss. The beauty in ordinary things and situations.

      Thank you for all your kind words my dear friend.

      Namaste
      Kristina

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