• How to Use Mindfulness in Your Everyday Life

How to Use Mindfulness in Your Everyday Life

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How often have we heard the phrase ‘be mindful’? And you think, great — I’ll give that a try. 

Only to realise you don’t really know what it is. 

Don’t worry, we got you! Put simply, mindfulness is about being present. It’s about training our minds and bodies to experience every moment. Most importantly, mindfulness is not just some temporary fad, it’s a way of living. What we love about mindfulness is that it’s incredibly simple to incorporate into your everyday life. This means you don’t need any super fancy tools or tricks to get all the benefits. 

Are you ready? We’re going to take you through a whole day of mindfulness — our way. We may not be experts, but these basic tips work for us so it would be rude not to share, right?


IN THE MORNING 

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Waking up. Either it’s the screaming of your alarm or the screaming of the kids. Unless you’re lucky enough to have a sleep in, the rest of us find waking up pretty… loud. This is why we love this mindfulness technique. 

Begin by either sitting up in your bed or on a chair. Take a deep breath. Make sure your spine is straight. Breathe in and out. Take stock of your body. Feel every breath. Ask yourself what you want to achieve or do today. It can be anything from ‘clean out your kitchen cupboards’ to more personal goals such as ‘be kind to myself.’ 

Even your morning coffee can be mindful. Talk about a double dose of good stuff — who’d have thought caffeine and meditation can go together? Get out your favourite coffee mug or espresso cup and take time to savour every sip. Feeling relaxed yet? Maybe breakout your tea pot and tea cups instead. 


AT LUNCHTIME

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Checking in before you hit that afternoon slump is a great way to stop yourself from reaching for that extra shot of coffee. Not that we are against that…it is one of our favourite parts of the day. (Now to find your favourite coffee cup).

Mindful eating is a great way to get a richer experience. Especially in our very busy lives, your lunch break can often seem like a mad dash to the convenience store. Before you know it your break is over. Try bringing a packed lunch to save yourself time. Meal prep is the key!

Take a moment to relax before you eat. Deep breaths. Listen to your body. Are you hungry or are you just running on autopilot? Take a moment to slow down. 


IN THE AFTERNOON

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Feeling that hit of 3.30itis? It’s real, trust us! 

It’s time to check in with your goals from earlier. Are you being kind to yourself? Have you organised your kitchen? This is a great way to make sure you don’t spend the hours between 3 pm and dinner time just staring at the wall… which, hey, we’ve all done. 

A cuppa tea is exactly what the afternoon needs. The art of making a perfect brew is a mindful technique all on its own. Plus, this is also a great way to ease yourself into meditation. 

First, begin by getting out your favourite tea cup and tea pot set. It’s also an ideal time to get out your tea for one set. As you make your brew, take note of the aromas. The sound of your spoon stirring the cup. That first sip. Ahh, perfection. 


AT NIGHT

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Did you know that many of us don’t get a proper night’s sleep? Practising mindfulness at night can help you wind down from your day. 

If you love a night shower or even better, a bath, try incorporating some added relaxation by lighting a scented candle or diffuser. These scents can help calm your mind and relax the body. Try focusing on the aromas. The sound of the wick burning. The curl of smoke. 

Home fragrances don’t just have to be in the bathroom but through your entire inner sanctuary. If counting sheep isn’t quite your thing, try some home fragrance in the bedroom. You might be falling asleep before you know it! 


How are we feeling? Mindful, we hope! Don’t feel like you have to do this all day, every day. Even just a minute to ourselves is bliss. 


(Note: This is not professional advice. If you are currently experiencing mental health concerns, please seek professional help from a health professional.)