Making mindfulness or mediation practice part of our everyday life is a goal for many of us, I know it certainly is for me! We all know that warm, fuzzy, calm feeling you have after taking a moment for yourself to let your mind settle down and your body relax. It would be lovely to be able to do a 45-minute silent meditation as the sun rises every morning, but for some of us, that is just not realistic! And it is impossible to start there straight away. Here are 4 tips for developing your own mindfulness routine so you can always make sure you get your daily dose of zen.
1. Find what works for YOU
Are you someone that loves to do a silent meditation? Do you love guides mindfulness classes? Do you find it impossible to sit still for more than 5 minutes or could you lie there forever? It is important to work out what works for YOU! If you try and do what other people do without thinking about what feels good for you, it will never stick. Mindfulness is about being present, this means it does not have to be sitting and breathing (although that is great too!). It could be just having a cup of tea without looking at your phone. It could be doing a colouring-in or a drawing. It could be reading a couple of pages of a book before you go to bed, it could be doing some stretches as you wake up. It might just be going for a short walk around the block. There are so many things that might be your mindfulness practice. Find out what makes you feel present, clear, calm and content while you do it.
2. Do it on your own terms
Make a game plan for yourself. Not what your fav wellness Instagrammer does, but what you think is realistic for you. 5 minutes every day, every time you are on the bus, 3 times a week for 30 minutes, whatever works. Remember, your goal in this is to be CALM and STRESS-FREE, so if trying to meet your goals is stressing you out, something is going wrong! Start small so you can make it a real habit that sticks - you can always increase what you're doing later on.
3. Make a habit out of it
If you want to make sure you don't fall off the bandwagon, its important to make your new practice a habit. Doing something daily is a great way to do that if it works for you or every time you do something else that is already a habit - for example, as soon as you get up, while you're brushing your teeth or straight after dinner. Find a way to really work this into your routine so it won't be forgotten!
4. Stick to it
It is important to use some external resources to help keep you on track. Ask your friend or partner to remind you or even do it with you to hold you accountable, set a reminder on your phone or write it on your to-do list, or make sure you have a reminder of how being mindful makes you feel on your desk so you will be inspired to keep it up.
I hope that with these tips, you can start to build your mindfulness practice into a stress-free routine that is perfect for you!
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Wishing you love and light,