Life is stressful and with our busy schedules, time goes by before we even know it. How many times have you gone through your routine chores, work responsibilities and other work, and not had any time to think or relax? Just like that, there are so many people who are so busy that they don’t realise where their time is going. But this weekend, do yourself a favour and use these mindfulness exercises to relax and unwind.
Mindfulness is a practice which helps you focus all your attention to experiences in the present moment. This means that you are aware of your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and other experiences that are occuring every moment.
Why practice mindfulness?
The practice of mindfulness through breathing and meditation has several health benefits for your health. Health has to be seen as all-round, and as including your mental health.
Staying in the moment helps you avoid getting stressed. Of course, thinking of the future is only natural, but if you take a break to be mindful and think of only the present, you are likely to feel better and think more clearly.
Research has also shown that being mindful will help you cope with emotions better, because you will work on accepting your emotions and how you feel rather than struggling with them.
When you apply mindfulness to your meals, you tend to relish the meal, tasting what you eat, and feeling full, rather than overeating or eating food that may not be good for you.
Mindfulness also helps with self-control, emotional regulation and motivation, and by looking within, you can identify and change the things in your routine that hold no value to you. In other words, mindfulness declutters your life.
How You Can Fit Mindfulness Into Your Busy Life
Of course, since we’re too busy to be aware of every moment, there’s smaller mindfulness tips you can try, because even a few minutes of mindfulness a day, goes a long way. Here’s how you can start:
Write down everything you do
You can start by trying to precisely make a list of all the things you do everyday. They can include the smallest of details, and can go from huge tasks like submitting your work report, to less important activities like checking your social media. Making this list will probably show you a few activities that you can do less of, like the time you spend on social media, which could be used to unwind instead.
Use those free minutes wisely
So you have a boring commute home from work, or you’re standing by waiting for the milk to boil. Instead of checking your phone or thinking about work and your unending list of chores, spend the time to take a few deep breaths, or close your eyes and think of nothing. This may not be easy initially, but over time, you’ll start to like these few minutes.
Ask For Help
Your schedule is full of responsibilities, but you don’t have to take care of all of them yourself. Take some time to plan with your family about distributing chores and other common tasks. This will leave each of you with some time for each other and yourselves.
Focus on Breathing
If you can’t empty your mind, focus on only your breathing. Pay attention to how your chest rises and falls when you inhale and exhale and try to make your breaths longer and deeper. To do so, take a few minutes off in the middle of your schedule. Taking a break for a few minutes harms no one, and allows you to feel less stressed and more relaxed.
So the next time you feel overwhelmed, try to take a few minutes for yourself. Breathe, and stay in the moment.