Mindfulness is about being more present in our everyday life, without judgment. We all have busy lives with 10-page-long to-do lists and it’s easy to think “I don’t have time to be mindful“. The truth is that when you say you don’t have time to be mindful, that’s exactly when you need it the most. Mindfulness is not only about sitting down and closing your eyes for a 30-minute meditation. There are a bunch of things you can do in less than 15 minutes that will have a positive impact on your well-being by decreasing your levels of stress and anxiety, and our contributor, Joana Ferreira, is here with just a few examples. Keep reading to find out!
The most obvious one is meditation. All it really takes is 5 to 10 minutes to feel the benefits of slowing down and being aware of the present moment. Whether you’re waking up to a busy schedule or are getting ready for bed after a stressful day, take a few minutes to sit in a quiet room and be present with the guidance of apps like Calm or Headspace. It will help you clear your head and get your stress levels down.
Stretch Your Body.
It’s so important to pay attention to how your body feels, mostly when you’re feeling tense, as it will help you relax. If you’re at work, head to the bathroom for five minutes and take the time to slowly and gently stretch each part of your body. While you’re stretching, don’t forget to be aware of your breathing instead of thinking about the million things on your to-do list.
Savor Your Morning Coffee.
How often do you drink your morning coffee while checking emails? If you’re anything like me, you get so caught up that you forget to appreciate one of your favorite things! That said, take the time to savor your morning coffee tomorrow without any distraction so you can stay present and have a slower start to the day.
Use Essentials Oils.
Combining essential oils and mindfulness is a great way to relieve stress and remind you to focus on the project you’re currently working on. Keep a diffuser at your desk or use a roll-on when needed.
Take a Walk During Your Lunch Break.
Even if it’s just for 15 minutes around the block, mindfulness walks not only help you stay present, but are also an opportunity to stretch your legs and clear your mind, which is super important if you work in an office all day. Turn off your phone (or don’t take it with you) because I know how tempting it can be to spend the whole time checking it instead of staying present. Be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to everything you’re always too busy to notice when walking from A to B.