What is a mindful lifestyle?”
A real good question that often arises!
Basically it means a practice of living in the present moment and spending less time in your mind evaluating the past or projecting the future.
Going a little bit further down the rabbit hole the following description comes closer:
Mindfulness is a way to live
being aware of what’s happening in the present moment,
without judging it.
“But how can I establish a mindful lifestyle?”
A mindful life can be achieved by establishing some mindful activities.
Some are short interventions in everday life like a 10 minute walkabout in the nature alone or with a dog.
Other techniques need practice, sometimes over years to master them, like yoga, meditation or mindful breathing.
No matter what activity you choose, it will still enrich your life and in many cases will have a positive impact
on your mental and physical well-being.
Mindful Activities to get started
Let’s just take a look at some activities you can easily get started with, even if your everyday
life has little time left.
Awareness walks are a great and easy way to built awareness of the world around, as well as connect to someones own thoughts and feelings.
You can practice them on your own or in a group.
Sometimes it is good to start with like-minded people to get a feeling what awareness means for others. Then take your own path to it and to yourself.
Yoga is an ancient practice that focuses on breathing and poses. It can be a wonderful way to wind down
your day and clear your mind. Yoga helps you to stay more focused on what you’re doing and become less distracted
by the outside world. It also helps with sleep and knowing our bodies better. Hence, it is a perfect instrument
in the arsenal of a mindful lifestyle.
There are several different yoga techniques that you can experience. Some with more focus on the physical activity others with more focus on the mental aspects.
Don´t get worried by the many extreme poses you can find all over the internet. Each Yoga style has exercises for beginners to let you have fun and positive effects. An overview of the different yoga techniques can be found here.
Meditation is a form of mindful exercise that can help reduce stress and improve focus.
Like Yoga, Meditation is not a one-size-fits-all instrument for a mindful state. There are many different
techniques needed for everyone’s individual needs. If you are interested in an overview of the different
meditation techniques you can start here.
Journaling is a great way to improve mental health and view things from a new perspective. It can be hard to do, but with time and patience, journaling can shift how we look at ourselves and the world around us. Journaling can serve as a way for us to explore our thoughts and emotions in a safe
environment where they cannot be judged. In addition, rereading the texts may allow reflection from a different angle, which often helps to find a solution. Tips on tricks on journaling you can find here.
The Positive Affirmations Calendar 2023 will help you focus on the good in your life and to stay present at the moment. This calendar has beautiful pictures and a series of positive affirmations to start your day. In addition, the calendar has space for mindmaps and mandalas, which you can color. So start your better self today and enjoy life!
Your body and mind must be in good alliance to get the most out of your mindful exercises. A few little rules may boost your quality of life from the start. Eat small portions throughout the day. Drink enough water and have a good sleep routine. Most people fail with one or more of these basic rules of healthy life. So start listening to your body and take care of these.
In a world that is increasingly busy and chaotic, the concept of mindful creativity has been gaining more and more ground among those who want to find balance in their lives. An easy way to start is painting a picture whatever comes into your mind.
For people afraid of their hidden talents, adult coloring books may offer an easy way to start being creative.
Even 15 minutes coloring each day offer a positive effect on your mental status, which has been scientifically proven. You want to read more, check out here.
As described above a mindful lifestyle has a lot to do with a positive attitude to life and the world around.
The mindset should be a long term approach. A travel that begins today and never ends anymore. A mindful state does not mean to only be friendly and take a nice bath or a hot stone massage every second day.
It may be part of it, but one should try to connect more with the real world and oneself…step by step.
Because we now how confusing this may sound in the beginning here are some tips how to start a mindful lifestyle:
– Get into nature
“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”
Frank Lloyd Wright
– Meditate on something that makes you happy – maybe you give a mindful meditation app a try
– Practice mindful breathing all day (start with three in and three out)
– Give up screens for an hour each day
– try slow and mindful eating
If you start small and take only few aspects into account, then it will change your attitude to life sooner than later and you will experience the advantages of an improved quality of life.
More to come. Enjoy life!