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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  • wlkhs2312
    Posted at 15:06h, 02 March Reply

    the exercise i will try at home is when i am brushing my teeth i will really focus oh thag particular activity and nothing else in that moment

  • wlkhs2303
    Posted at 15:04h, 02 March Reply

    At home, I will probably do the sleeping exercise. This will probably be good for me because I sometimes take a while to fall asleep.

  • WLKHS2320
    Posted at 15:03h, 02 March Reply

    Sometimes when I can not sleep, I like to use the 3rd exercise where you focus on your breathing because it helps me with sleep.

  • wlkhs2311
    Posted at 15:01h, 02 March Reply

    I will do the excersize when going to sleep because at night i tend to think more about things i did wrong or negativity so focusing in my breathing will help to stop my mind from racing and thinking about these things.

  • wlkhs2307
    Posted at 15:00h, 02 March Reply

    Probably to help me fall asleep, it seems interesting. Maybe it will affect my dreams.

  • WLKHS2317
    Posted at 15:00h, 02 March Reply

    I will try to think deeply about the act of brushing my teeth. It’s quite simple, yet it seems interesting and like a very plausible way to practice mindfulness. I will try to emulate what I read above regarding noticing small, specific things while brushing my teeth.

  • kylie lyden
    Posted at 14:59h, 02 March Reply

    When I go to sleep I try to focus on my breathing but it does not work because I get distracted by other things like noises and my phone.

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