6 Easy Exercises for Everyday MindfulnessNone By Beth Stebner
We could all use a little help focusing on the present instead of worrying about what the future holds. Here are 6 simple ways to incorporate more mindfulness in your days.
Mindful Mornings: Waking Up With Purpose
Mornings can be painful. The alarm goes off way too early, you keep hitting the snooze button, and you end up rushing through your morning because you waited too long to get ready. But it doesn’t have to be that way. When your alarm goes off, try lying in bed for a few moments, consciously feeling your breath and beginning to feel your body. Notice the position in which you’ve been sleeping; start wiggling your toes and slowly flexing your muscles. As you start to feel more awake, focus your energy to the task at hand—getting ready for the day—and how you’ll tackle the obstacles before you. No guarantees that this will make you like mornings, but at least you’ll becoming at them from a position of calm.
Mantra: When my alarm rings, I remind myself to wake up with purpose, being mindful of my body and how I transition from sleeping life to waking life.
Overcoming Fear-Based Thinking
Maybe you’re a naturally anxious person. Instead of enjoying a road trip with your family, your mind is drawn instead to worry about how cramped the minivan feels or how icy the roads are and how you’ll definitely, probably, maybe get in a horrible crash. Life can be paralyzing in its wealth of unknowns. Our bodies have developed fear as a primal response to keep us alive and safe from perceived danger, whether or not the danger is actually real. Fear-based thinking is problematic not only because it doesn’t l