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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  • wlkhs2224
    Posted at 17:09h, 28 February Reply

    I tried the exercise about thinking what exactly I am doing while falling asleep. It worked very well for me because it calmed me down by taking my mind off of the thing that is giving me anxiety. I usually have a tough time falling asleep buy this exercise helped me out a lot.

  • WLKHS2223
    Posted at 17:08h, 28 February Reply

    The exercise I’ll try in the future is settling in for a while as I eat a snack at home.

  • WLKHS2210
    Posted at 17:07h, 28 February Reply

    I will try doing the breathing exercise mentioned as I fall asleep. When I go to sleep today, I will try focusing on my breathing.

  • WLKHS2205
    Posted at 17:06h, 28 February Reply

    I will try to breath before I go to bed at night instead of stressing about what I need to do the next day. This should help me relax and help me to sleep.

  • wlkhs2203
    Posted at 17:06h, 28 February Reply

    I will try and doing the exercise at night. Focusing on my breathing. Focusing on falling asleep. Clearing my mind not thinking as much just breathing and letting go. I think exercise will be beneficial and help me just clear my thoughts and really focus on falling asleep concentrating on myself.

  • WLKHS2204
    Posted at 17:05h, 28 February Reply

    I usually practice the brushing my teeth one. It was very weird to think deeply about something I do regularly and I didn’t exactly enjoy it, but I can understand how it was benneficial to my mind to be in the moment even if it was a small moment.

  • wlkhs2202
    Posted at 17:04h, 28 February Reply

    I will try to focus on my breath and my chest rising and falling as I try to fall asleep. Most of the time, I will stay up very late on my phone when I go to bed. This leads to me being tired and not well rested the next day. If I were to put my phone down and focus on being in the present moment, I could probably fall asleep faster and feel better the next day.

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