Setting aside special time for being mindful—such as meditation—is a great practice. But there are opportunities every day to turn a mundane, or even frustrating situation into a moment of mindfulness. Here are some ways to be more present, from morning to night.
Mornings can get rushed and hectic, setting a stressful course for the rest of the day. Some ways to slow down and embrace the moment include:
Being mindful at work really means bringing your full attention and awareness to whatever it is you’re doing. Here are some ways to stay focused and mindful while on the job:
Evenings might mean driving across town to a soccer game, working a second shift, visiting a loved one, or making dinner with the family. Wherever the night takes you, there are moments to stop and center your awareness on the here and now.
Throughout your day, there are many opportunities to slow down and make time for breathwork. A simple and easy breathing exercise like belly breathing can be done anywhere. You can try it right now:
Place one hand on your stomach and the other on your chest. Inhale and as your belly fills with air; you’ll notice it pushes your hand out. As your lungs expand to fill with air, your other hand will be pushed out. Hold your inhalation for a count of four and exhale.
Once you get some practice, you can take belly breaths without placing your hands on the stomach and chest, and you can sneak in a few cleansing and calming breaths anywhere. Whether you’re waiting in line at the grocery store, stuck in traffic, or finishing up a break at work—a few deep breaths can help bring you back into the present moment.
If you’re interested in using mindfulness and other lifestyle changes to improve your health, a MOBE Guide can help. To find out if you’re eligible for MOBE, check your status or call 844-841-9725. Ready to take the first step? Schedule a call online or download the MOBE Health Guide app.