Everyone seems to have a slightly different way of defining what mindfulness means to them. Though, within each individual definition, the main concept holds true – mindfulness is about being aware of the present moment. Mindfulness is about slowing down, letting go of the daily juggle and replacing it with monotasking (focusing on one thing at a time).
The world around us is ripe with distractions and choices. We struggle to shut off after a long day of work. We are constantly switched on through our tech devices and digital media. Multitasking has become the norm and this leads to excess stress, poor sleep patterns, frustration and depression, just to name a few. To shift from a multi-tasking to monotasking mindset, you can try this simple exercise at any time during the day, even while you are sitting at your desk:
- Take your shoes off and place your feet on the floor.
- Close your eyes.
- Sit with your back straight up against the back of your chair.
- Breath deeply. Now notice the feeling, tension and stretch in you back as you shift from a relaxed to straight position.
- Repeat this a few times, tightening and relaxing your back muscles.
- Now open your eyes and take a deep breath as you transition back your activities.
By taking time each day to slow down and be present in each moment, we give our brains a chance to refresh and recharge.
Practicing mindfulness every day, or whenever possible, allows us to truly wake up. So, what are you waiting for? Give mindfulness a try and watch the positive changes unfold.