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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  • wlkhs2415
    Posted at 16:14h, 02 March Reply

    I will try the exercise that takes place before bed. I normally try to get off of my device before going to bed and just taking a second to myself so I think this will not only help my brain but help me sleep better. The more time I take the better I will feel because it will serve as almost a reset each night.

  • wlkhs2416
    Posted at 16:13h, 02 March Reply

    What I will try at home is their one were you think out about what your doing while your washing your face

  • wlkhs2406
    Posted at 16:12h, 02 March Reply

    I tried the sleep exercise. It helped me fall asleep a lot faster than usual. I was feeling anxious about school so I took deep breaths and just listened to myself breathe. I stopped thinking about anything else and just thought about what I was doing in the moment so I don’t even remember when I fell asleep.

  • WLKHS2408
    Posted at 16:11h, 02 March Reply

    I tried brushing my teeth and washing my face. Usually, I never think much about either of those things but I closely payed attention

  • WLKHS2308
    Posted at 15:30h, 02 March Reply

    I am going to try using mind fullness to help me fall sleep. I have a lot of trouble falling asleep and keeping a healthy sleep schedule. Finding a better way better way of sleeping will help me for years because i need more rest for sports and work.

  • WLKHS2305
    Posted at 15:28h, 02 March Reply

    I tried to take a d breath and it worked and not think about what happened.

  • WLKHS2310
    Posted at 15:23h, 02 March Reply

    I always do the brushing your teeth exercise without even knowing that it was a mindfulness exercise. My experience is I pay attention to all details like how it feels when I brush my teeth with each motion I do: circular, up and down, and side to side. Also, when you pay attention to the taste of toothpaste it actually tastes horrible it almost makes me throw-up.

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