Are you happy with how much you accomplish each day? If not, mindfulness may just be the key to better productivity. I want to share some of the mindfulness practices that work for me.
If you use these five mindfulness practices, it may help you check more things off your to-do list on a daily basis.
Mindfulness Practices You Can Use Every Day
Try Out Meditation
Meditation is a common mindfulness practice for a reason. The reason is that it works. While regular meditation produces more advantages than spontaneous meditation, it still works.
Get this, even a beginner can reap impressive benefits from taking a few minutes to sit down and clear their mind through meditation. If you don’t currently meditate, start small. It’s wise to do meditation in 5-10 minute increments. This is a good starting point for most people. You can also try an app like the Insight Timer (my favorite).
One major point to remember for yourself is to get away from distractions. Go ahead and close your eyes if you want, and focus on clearing your mind. You will notice your attention will probably wander a little at first, which is normal. Soon, you’ll have an easier time clearing the clutter from your thoughts. Medication will help lead to better focus throughout the day!
Get Outside When You Can
Spending time in nature is great for your mind. It boosts your mood, banishes stress, and helps you refocus your attention. Aim to get at least fifteen or twenty minutes of fresh air every day, preferably in a green space like a park or even your backyard.
If you’re having a bad day or can’t seem to focus, then getting outside is truly one of the best things that you can do for yourself. The next time you’re having a rough day, get outside, and see what if feels like for your body.
Learn How to Breathe Deeply
Is your brain feeling scattered? If you don’t have time for a meditation session, pause to center yourself with a few slow, deep breaths instead. Did you know that deep breathing lowers your stress levels along with your blood pressure?
It does this by stimulating your parasympathetic nervous system. The end result is that you end up feeling calmer, more present in the moment, and more prepared to get things done.
Unplug, When You Can
Gadgets like smartphones and laptops are convenient, but they can be terrible for your state of mind. If you’re in the habit of checking your phone every five minutes, you are most likely living in a state of constant distraction. An instead of focusing on the present moment, you are always wondering what’s next.
You don’t have to give up your electronics completely, but your productivity will improve if you limit your electronics use. Also, designate specific times of the day to check your email and surf the web. Don’t be afraid to turn off your electronics outside of those times.
Write in a Journal
This is my favorite tip. Journaling is a simple and useful way to track your thoughts, reflect on events, and bring your mind into the present moment. Each day, take a few minutes to jot down what you’re thinking and feeling. Use a physical notebook and pen for this.
You may find that typing on a computer doesn’t bring the same mindfulness benefits. It definitely doesn’t for me!
Mindfulness can make you happier, less stressed, and more productive. If you want to have a clearer mind and a less stressed out approach in life, I hope you use these mindfulness practices every day.
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