Are You Mindful?
Find Out More About How To Practice Mindfulness
To be mindful means to be conscious or aware of something. You might be conscious that you didn’t do well on a test yesterday, and are worried about the grade. You might be aware that you have a busy schedule today, and may not have time to get everything done. But, are you aware of right now? What are you doing?
Many of us get caught up in the past or the future without much time to think about the present and what is happening right now. If you think about it, most of us spend our days thinking about things that have already happened, or have yet to happen, and what is the good in that? To practice mindfulness can simply mean that you take a few minutes each day to just remind yourself that you are in the moment, not worrying about the future or dwelling on the past.
To practice mindfulness each day, pick one time and one moment, the same every day so you will remember to think about what is happening right then and there. Examples of when to practice mindfulness include:
- When you brush your teeth
- When you take a shower
- When you drive to work or walk to class
- Right before you fall asleep
- Right when you wake up
All you need to do during these moments is to focus on your breathing and think about what you are doing in the present, as simple as that.