Why be mindful?
You may be asking: What exactly is mindfulness?
Or, your initial reaction may be, “I can’t do that. I’m too anxious.” And that’s exactly the point. Mindfulness practices can help you better regulate emotions, decrease stress, anxiety and depression, focus your attention, and observe your thoughts and feelings.
Mindfulness is an act of consciously focusing your mind in the present moment without judgment or attachment to that moment. It can help you become more aware of what’s going on for you both internally and externally, as you become more present to the “right now.” You can learn to be mindful at anytime, anywhere, while doing just about anything.
Practice Makes Perfect
Unless you’re a prodigy at something, you can’t perfect your knowledge of it in a single lesson or day. Mindfulness is no exception: it takes practice. But the positive results are well worth the effort. Here are a few ways to make it work for you as you grow in your career:
- As you wake up, focus on how you breathe. Take a few deep breaths and observe how you feel. This will help calm your mind and avoid feeding your thoughts first thing in the morning. It will also help you learn more about your breathing so you can observe how it shifts at various points during the day.
- Journal for a few minutes each day. Write down whatever comes to your mind: tasks, ideas, thoughts, feelings or whatever. Don’t overthink it. Journaling is a great way to find peace of mind and reflect on how you feel or handle different situations.
- Practice meditation. Meditation is key to connecting your breathing to your body. There are several guided apps you can use to get started.
- Take a few minutes to do something you love. Before or after work, or during a break, doing something you truly enjoy will help you stay more focused on everything in your life, in a state of steady flow.
- This activity, too, should be enjoyable. If you don’t like running, don’t run. Choose yoga, a spin class, or simply taking brief – or longer – walks. Listen to your body and appreciate how it feels before, during and after your practice.
- Spend time outdoors. Step outside during break or lunch, even if only for a few minutes. This will help you recycle your energy and feel lighter.
- Listen with no judgment. Actively listening to someone is perfect mindfulness practice, as it requires you to be fully present. Observe how the other person behaves and what body language they use, as well as hearing what they say. Ask questions to clarify any unclear points and make the other person feel heard. At the same time, observe any feelings or emotions the conversation incites in you, again without judging.
- Take conscious breaths often. This is something very simple and free, and it will help you ground yourself in the present moment. To go a step further, try a breathwork session where specific exercises are taught. It can have a profound effect on your mind and well-being.
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