Getting good sleep is crucial for your body and mind to function properly. Sleeping helps to rejuvenate our body and mind allowing us to be in better control of our thoughts and emotions. Resting mindfully can not only help you sleep better but it will also help you feel more energetic and fresh. Simply lie down and be conscious of your body and mind. When we lie down at the end of the day, several thoughts run through our minds. Mindful resting requires you to focus your mind and awareness on your body. Bring your attention to each part of your body starting from your feet and going up to your face. Purposefully relax your body and calm your mind as you rest. Focus on your breath, let go of all thoughts and just be present at the moment.
Mindful resting is an excellent practice if you are unable to manage time to meditate or practice mindfulness otherwise. This allows your body and mind to relax and be mindful at the same time.
One of the simplest and best ways to practice mindfulness is deep breathing. However, it is not as easy as you may think. Being aware of your breath can be very challenging as our mind wanders away frequently. However, deep breathing can be practiced anytime, anywhere and it can significantly reduce stress and anxiety.
You can start with box breathing where you inhale for a count of four, hold your breath for another count of four and then exhale for a count of four. Then you repeat this process for as long as you can. Just make sure you keep your focus on your breath the entire time. This practice will calm your mind and help you experience the present moment by making you mindful.
Be patient with your practice
“We cannot force the development of mindfulness.” – Allen Lokos
These 7 techniques to practice mindfulness are simple, effective and fun but come with a bit of a challenge. You will find it a bit hard to master these mindfulness techniques but the more you practice, the better you will get at it. It takes time to become mindful. So make sure you are patient with yourself and your practice. Take small steps and keep making progress every single day. Soon enough you will become more mindful by practicing these simple mindfulness habits in your daily life.