Simple Ways to Find a Daily Moment of Mindfulness
If you’ve ever felt the need to destress, refocus, or reenergize in the middle of your day, practicing Mindfulness may help. Mindfulness, a form of meditation, involves “being intensely aware of what you’re sensing and feeling at every moment…without interpretation.”
According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) – a National Institute of Health agency which conducts and supports research on complementary health products and practices – both the general public and scientific community have demonstrated a growing interest in meditation practices such as Mindfulness Meditation. These practices can help to support individual wellness in a number of ways, including improved quality of life and a reduction of psychological stress. Though meditation has been used for centuries to help promote calmness of mind and relaxation, more recent research suggests that specific and measurable biological changes occur during meditative practice that may potentially impact both physical and mental health. Meditation can take many forms; from simple breathing exercises to repeating a mantra. The next time you feel the need to decompress or re-energize, we suggest trying one of the following methods to bring a moment of mindfulness to your day:
Mindfulness Meditation: Mindfulness Meditation can be practiced just about anywhere and can help you to clear your mind, refocus, and de-stress in minutes. As its name suggests, Mindfulness Meditation focuses on being mindful and aware of the present. Take a few moments to steady the flow of your breath and bring awareness to your senses. Try to prevent your mind from wandering from the present moment. Though it sounds easy enough, you may find that it’s surprisingly difficult to focus on the present without your mind becoming distracted! Set aside a few moments each day for Mindfulness Meditation, and you’ll likely find that the benefits of meditation – such as a relaxed and focused mind – become easier to achieve with regular practice.
Deep Breathing: One of the most simple ways to begin a meditative practice is through Deep Breathing. Find a quiet, comfortable space, and spend a few minutes taking deep, slow breaths in and out through your nostrils. Try to keep your mind focused on the flow of your breath, rather than internal or external distractions.
Yoga: Practicing yoga doesn’t require a gym membership or yoga mat – in fact, there are number of Yoga poses that you can perform in minutes no matter your location. Try the Yoga poses below to bring awareness to your body and mind:
Enjoy a Cup of Yogi Tea: Taking the time to prepare and enjoy a warm cup of tea can help you to slow down and bring awareness to your senses. Similar to the practice of Mindfulness Meditation, taking note of your senses – what does the tea taste like? How about its aroma? – encourages you to be more aware of your body and mind, and present in the current moment. Yogi Rest & Relax teas are a great choice if you’re looking to unwind or destress; while Yogi Energy teas make for a refreshing and delicious pick-me-up any time of the day.
How do you find moments of mindfulness throughout your day?
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