Everyday tips for mindful living

Mindfulness can help you deal with the day-to-day stresses of modern living and gain a greater appreciation of the world around you. Try these mindfulness tips and see how they affect you.
  1. Try to be non-judgemental
    This is something that may take practice but begin by looking at just the facts, not on the good or the bad, the should or the should not. 
  2. Do one thing at a time
    When you are eating, eat. When you are walking, walk. When you are worrying, worry. Do each thing with all of your attention.
  3. Concentrate your mind
    If you catch yourself doing two things at once, go back to doing one thing.
  4. Notice the experience 
    Don't get caught in it or react to it, just notice it.
  5. Control your attention 
    Don't push things away and do not cling to things.
  6. Be alert to what comes in and out of your mind
    Notice the thoughts, feelings and actions.
  7. Notice your senses
    Think in isolation about the sounds, sights, smells, touches and tastes.
  8. Put words on the experience
    When a thought or feeling arises, acknowledge it. Say in your mind, e.g.: “My stomach muscles are tightening up,” or “I suddenly feel very sad.”
  9. Put experiences into words 
    Describe to yourself what is happening. Give your feelings a name. Call a thought a thought, and call a feeling a feeling. Do not get caught up in the content of them e.g.: “I am having the feeling of being a little anxious.”

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Last updated Wednesday 24 February 2021