7 Ways to Practice Mindfulness
Are you a mindful person? The mindfulness trend has been around for years, but in recent years the concept has taken the world by storm. As people are looking for more creative ways to eliminate stress and reduce fatigue, mindfulness has increased in popularity.
Mindfulness can be described as a practice that focuses on living in the moment. Many successful celebrities, athletes, and CEO’s practice mindfulness and belief that this helped contribute to their success. It doesn’t take much to begin your quest for mindfulness. In fact, it’s as easy as scheduling a float therapy session.
What is Mindfulness?
What does it truly mean to be mindful? How do you actually go about living your life being more mindful? It’s rather simple. Mindful people practice awareness and pay close attention to what’s happening in the moment. Research has found that people are substantially happier when paying attention to what they’re doing—even happier than if they’re daydreaming about something pleasant.
Many may wonder exactly how you go about practicing awareness or paying attention to the moment. Most people who are mindful achieve this by practicing mindfulness meditation, which can easily be achieved through float therapy.
Float Therapy & Mindfulness
Float therapy is a useful and effective tool for meditation. Floatation therapy allows the mind to reach a truly meditative state with ease. This is achieved through sensory deprivation and the weightless sensation of floating in heated water.
Mindfulness meditation entails focusing on how you feel in a moment. While in a float tank, simply focusing on your breathing can be an enlightening experience. How does it feel to float effortlessly? Do you feel comfortable being in total darkness? Are you calm? Serene? Floatation therapy puts you in the ideal atmosphere to have a truly mindful experience. After a float session, the feeling of living in the present moment can last hours or even days.
Like floating, mindfulness is also a practice, It may be unreasonable or too time-consuming to float daily, but you can still practice mindfulness in your everyday routine, and eventually make these strategies a habit. Here are 7 ways to practice mindfulness:
1. Mindful Waking
Start your day with mindfulness the moment you wake up. Pay attention to your body and your thoughts right when you wake up. Take notice of how your body feels and the thoughts you have the moment you wake up.
2. Mindful Eating
Too often we don't really get to enjoy our food. Were too busy thinking about other things we have to do. Mindful eating can be one of the most enjoyable experiences.
Think about the taste, texture and and smell of your food. Take small bites and chew slowly. Even the littlest snack can be the most satisfying. Mindful eating can also help you be more conscious about what food you’re putting into your body.
3. Mindful Listening
The best way to connect with someone is to really listen to what they have to say. Pay attention to their words, body language, and resist the urge to think about what you're going to say next. Give them your undivided attention and just listen.
4. Mindful Cleaning
Pay attention to what task your completing, the motion you sweep the floor, the temperature of the water while you wash the dishes. If your folding laundry, notice the fabrics and how they feel.
5. Mindful Walking
Every step you take can be a mindful experience. Focus on your feet and how each foot kisses the ground. Feel the bend in your knee, the sway of your arms, and the posture of your spine. Mindful walking can be really enjoyable.
6. Mindful Showering
Who doesn't enjoy a great shower? While showering pay attention to the temperature and how your skin feels. Focus on the body and how it feels while you shower.
7. Mindful Waiting
We are all too eager to plug into our phones while we wait. Take this opportunity to notice your environment, your body, and your thoughts while you wait. Take notice on how you feel, give yourself a moment to feel the ground and focus on your breath. You might be surprised what you experience while you’re unplugged from your phone while you wait.