Mindfulness has a ton of benefits that are not limited to just reducing stress and helping anxiety. On that note, it’s proven that mindfulness can also help with panic disorders and PTSD. Not just that, it can also be effective for dealing with social anxiety.
The best thing about mindfulness is you don’t need to make extra time to practice it. Mindfulness activities make it very easy to get the benefits without sparing extra hours from our day.
What are mindfulness activities, and how do you do them? How do mindfulness activities help us? These are some questions that pops-up after learning that mindfulness can also be an active part of our day.
Mindfulness is not just about meditation. It is a lot more than just meditation, which is why mindfulness practice is so unique and beneficial.
Try this breathing meditation and allow yourself to become centered and ready to fully understand how you can start implementing these activities in your daily life.
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What Are Mindfulness Activities, And How Do They Help?
Mindfulness activities are activities that help you to focus on the present and become more aware of your thoughts, feelings, and surroundings. They can be as simple as taking a few deep breaths, listening to music, or spending time in nature.
They can also be activities like meditation, yoga, journaling, and even walking in nature. The goal of mindfulness is to help you manage your feelings and thoughts in a more productive way.
Mindfulness activities can help you to reduce stress, anxiety, and negative thinking. They can also improve your sleep, concentration, and overall mental and physical well-being. There are many different mindfulness activities that you can try, so find one that works best for you and start practicing today!
What Are Some Mindfulness Activities You Can Easily Add To Your Routine?
These mindfulness activities might even take less than 5 minutes of your time. Some of these don’t even require you to put in extra time, so practically, you will not even be sparing five minutes from your day.
- Mindful tea time:
Tea or coffee doesn’t matter. You can mindfully take sips of your tea or coffee. The question is, how do you mindfully drink coffee or tea? Mindfulness is about centering yourself in the present moment using your senses.
So, when you are drinking your coffee or tea, you can engage at least four of your senses. Sight, touch, smell, and taste. Especially if you drink tea, you can really notice the color, if it’s red or slightly darker. Noticing how it smells and what difference aroma and color makes for you.
- Walking or running mindfulness:
This is a part of active meditation. If you love an active lifestyle, then working out must already be a part of your routine. You don’t need to go for a walk or run outside every day. However, going out in nature can be an add-on to the mindful experience.
You can also go for a walk during your breaks if exercising is not a part of your regular routine. It is important to be present when you practice mindful walking or running. It can be as simple as paying attention to your environment and how the air feels around you at that particular time.
You can also notice how your body reacts when you are running or walking. The goal is just to be present and notice yourself and your surroundings without any judgment.
You can also learn more about different types of meditation, including active meditation, here.
- Performing one task at a time:
Multitasking is actually over-glorified. It’s time to glorify performing one task at a time with focus. If you are not naturally a multitasker, then you don’t even need to try. Focusing your mind’s energy on one task at a time can increase your capacity to perform.
This also means not worrying about the next task or the next problem you need to solve. Remember, we practice non-judgment; it’s a part of mindfulness. If working on one task at a time makes you more efficient, then it’s the quality that you have.
- Mindfully drinking water:
Each time you take a sip of your water, notice how the water taste. All water tastes different; some taste sweeter than others. Once you start mindfully drinking water, then you will never go back.
It will not just help you learn how water can taste so different but also get all the benefits of practicing daily mindfulness. You don’t even need to spend an extra minute of your day practicing this mindfulness activity. Also, it’s ok if you don’t always remember to be mindful every time you have water. It can take some time to build the habit of being mindful.
As promised, all four mindfulness activities don’t require you to spare even five minutes from your daily routine. They are all simple and easy to do but equally beneficial.
Now, let’s understand how these activities can help us through the day.
How Mindful Activities Help?
- Easy Way To Start Being Mindful:
It can be an easy route to mindfulness when you have a busy schedule. Being able to see the benefits of being mindful without much effort can inspire you to try formal meditation. If you do decide to meditate, here’s the blog post to help you figure out how to find time for meditation as a busy person.
- Multiple Moments Of Grounding:
Grounding is very important for our mental and emotional health. We spend a lot of our time regretting the past and worrying about the future. Having these moments of mindfulness spread throughout the day can be very helpful.
- Improved Self-Regulation:
It’s not a secret that mindfulness helps us become more aware of our emotions and thoughts. This awareness can empower us with the improved ability of self-regulation. Being present allows us to make better decisions and prevent us from overreacting.
There are many ways to practice and include mindfulness in our daily everyday life. Mindfulness activities are one the ways that are easy and doable for most of us. We can definitely benefit more by adding mindfulness meditation to our routine.
You can always choose to meditate on the days you have more time. You can also try some effective mindfulness meditation from the Enhanced meditation app. Enhanced has a huge library of free-to-access fresh and unique guided meditations.