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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  • WLKHS2313
    Posted at 15:17h, 02 March Reply

    I will try the last exercise. I have very bad anxiety so I feel like this would help me relax at night and be more clam, and not have my mind racing .

  • WLKHS2309
    Posted at 15:13h, 02 March Reply

    In the future an exercise that I will try is when I go home I will get a snack and take my time eating it rather than eating it fast. I will also try to use mindfulness before I go to bed. I will think about my breathing and how to relax.

  • wlkhs2314
    Posted at 15:13h, 02 March Reply

    The exercise that I will do at home is grabbing a snack and enjoying it. I often eat snacks between my homework and studying time. This will help me because it will relieve stress, and I will be able to take a break instead of cramming.

  • WLKHS2301
    Posted at 15:08h, 02 March Reply

    Sometimes before bed my mind races and I start to think about life in general. If the clock just keeps running and I am not falling asleep, I take deep breaths and focus on my breathing only. This method worked for me and I still use it today.

  • wlkhs2321
    Posted at 15:07h, 02 March Reply

    I’m going to try the excersize with eating because it seems like something i would enjoy and would help distract me from all my problems

  • WLKHS2319
    Posted at 15:07h, 02 March Reply

    The exercise that I tried was taking my time to eat my dinner and really focusing on the all the steps to eating. Also, I really focused on all the different flavors that I was tasting. The overall experience was good because I was able to really enjoy my dinner without rushing.

  • WLKHS2322
    Posted at 15:06h, 02 March Reply

    what helps me is eating and sometimes taking a nap, is nice and refreshing. i will sit down and eat food while watching tv and it is much more calming than re brushing my teeth. washing my face does not really helps, i just feel more alive when i do.

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