Begin each day by noticing the air flowing through your nostrils or into your abdomen for a few breaths before getting out of bed.
Why is Mindfulness Good ?
By missing out on the good things life is not as rich as it could be. If you are fully aware of thoughts, feelings and sensations in the body, you can deal with stressful situations more skilfully, make smarter decisions and enjoy the good things in life better.
Through regular mindfulness practice you will:
- be more accepting of yourself and deal with situations more calmly and effectively;
- be less worried, irritable, upset, and overworked;
- be more productive at work – producing better outcomes while feeling more energised;
- take better care of yourself – more time for self-care and less beating up yourself for things that aren’t perfect or better;
- be more present for the good moments in your life, such as time with family, noticing your environment, and what your body is doing.
12 Easy Ways to Be Mindful at Work
Many people say they don’t have 30 minutes to meditate at work everyday. And that is not a problem! The good news is that once you have learned how to ‘drop into awareness’ at any given moment, practicing mindfulness at work won’t take you any extra time from your busy schedule. You can actually access mindful awareness at any moment and it is in fact necessary that you learn how to integrate it into your daily life if you want to get all the benefits.
Of course, engaging in regular formal meditation most days will give you a much stronger ability to harness mindfulness in your day, as your brain will adapt and grow more of the necessary neurones and connections the more you practice. However, we hope that these 12 strategies will get you started on the journey, and open up a new way for you to be more present, centred and effective in your day.
Mindfulness of Body & Breath
To support your meditation practice at home we have included the audio file below. It is preferable to practice in a comfortable seated position and cultivating alertness. Our minds will wander, the practice of mindfulness is noticing, acknowledging, bringing it back to focus with gentleness and kindness. Be curious about your experience, it may differ day to day.
3 Minute Breathing Space
This mini-meditation can help you align your mind when feeling overwhelmed.