Mindfulness exercises

To really reap the benefits of mindfulness, try using it as part of your daily routine. You can incorporate it into daily activities. For example, you can be mindful while you brush your teeth or wash your face – see below. Or you may want to schedule ten minutes specifically to concentrate on one of the other exercises below. Whatever works for you and gives you the best chance of consistently practicing mindfulness is the best route to take.

  1. While brushing teeth or washing face: Since you’ve done these things thousands of times you don’t need to think about them, but you can be mindful by closing your eyes and concentrating on them. For instance, when brushing your teeth feel the brush glide along your teeth. Taste the toothpaste. Feel the grip you have on your toothbrush. Don’t judge it as too tight or soft. Just notice the sensations. You may try taking a few deep breaths while you brush your teeth. Feel the air go deeply into your lungs and through your nose – it might be challenging to have it come through your mouth while keeping the toothpaste in!
  1. Next time you barge in the door at home and head to the kitchen to grab a snack, try settling in for a few minutes to really enjoy it. Whatever it is, sit down, stare at it and choose to take a while eating it. You are going to focus on every gesture, bite, swallow and feeling as you thoroughly enjoy your snack. Up for the challenge?
  1. When you are ready to go to bed, why not use mindfulness to help you fall asleep? Mind racing at night? This is a good way to calm it down. Simply focus on your breathing – your chest rising and falling. You may hear the sounds of it filtering through your nostrils and out again. Wait, does it sound different? Does it feel different? Just notice. Just be. And before you know it, you’ll be waking up to that annoying alarm again!

Don’t faint. It’s that simple!

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  • WLKHS2402
    Posted at 16:28h, 02 March Reply

    I try to focus on controlling by breathing before I go to sleep. Although I don’t struggle with any sleeping problems, it really helps to get a better night’s sleep by breathing slowly and deeply.

  • WLKHS2417
    Posted at 16:25h, 02 March Reply

    Sometimes when I brush my teeth I close my eyes and think about life and think about whats going on in life.

  • WLKHS 24 21
    Posted at 16:24h, 02 March Reply

    I tried the first exercise, the one about being mindful when brushing your teeth, it allowed me to focus on certain areas of my mouth more and have more focus on moving the brush.

  • WLKHS2407
    Posted at 16:19h, 02 March Reply

    i haven’t done any of these dude all i do for exercise is go to the gym and i do track so that’ a good exercise for my legs.

  • WLKHS2419
    Posted at 16:18h, 02 March Reply

    When I try to fall asleep, I often find that I am thinking about things and I don’t even realize that my mind is racing. I want to try to focus on nothing when falling asleep and see if I can fall asleep easier and sleep better.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 16:18h, 02 March Reply

    MIndfullness helps me when I am trying to fall asleep. When I am laying in my bed at night I try to focus and collect my thoughts, rather them racing everywhere which does not help me fall asleep. I also use mindfullness when I am eating to try and really focus on what the food tastes like.

  • WLKHS2420
    Posted at 16:17h, 02 March Reply

    I’ll try the sleeping exercise because I sometimes have trouble falling asleep and that could both help me fall asleep and be more mindful at the same time.

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