Daily Mindful Practices
Within our busy and hectic lives, taking the time to slow down and appreciate the world around us is not usually a priority. As we sink further into chaos and our stress grows, we are even less inclined to be mindful. Our focus tends to be on our immediate needs as we often think, “I don’t have time to do this right now”. These times, in fact, are the most crucial to engage in mindful practices.
Daily mindfulness gives you an opportunity to check-in with yourself and appreciate what you have. Mindful practices do not need to be multi-hour meditation sessions. They can be as simple as an affirmation, listening to a good song, breathing deeply, or visualizing your desired outcome. Mindful practices look different for everyone, so finding an effective method for you is key. Utilizing these in your day-to-day life enables you to handle stress and anxiety with greater effectiveness, a great tool for self-care!
Four elements that help inform our daily mindful practices are the following: consistency, sustainability, mindfulness, and reflection.
Like any practice, being consistent over time helps to build stamina. When someone first begins their mindfulness practice, it can be a challenging endeavor. It is difficult because you are trying something new. Over time, however, as you continue to engage in that practice, you increase your stamina, allowing you to do the exercise for longer. As the novelty of the practice fades, you can engage more deeply and continue to accrue insights from this daily mindfulness.
Some mindful practices are wonderful but complex. Having what you need to engage in your mindfulness practice with minimal preparation is critical; otherwise, you have more options for excuses. The best mindfulness practices are ones that can be incorporated into your life and integrated into your daily activities. Having mindfulness practices that can be done anywhere, like listening to music or saying an affirmation, allow you to utilize mindfulness as you need it. If you try to incorporate a complicated practice, you might find that more often than not, youdeem it as “too much work.”
A mindfulness practice needs to refocus you by making you fully present within that practice. Furthermore, mindfulness practices should not be done haphazardly. Make sure you approach the process respectfully, so you can utilize that practice to the fullest instead of “just doing it.” If you are engaging in a mindfulness practice but are not actually “present,” then you are not experiencing what you desire past a level of superficiality.
After you have engaged in your mindfulness practice, being able to reflect and gain insight from your experience is critical. Did you get the end result you wanted? Do not be discouraged if not, instead spend some time reflecting on your practice. It allows you to receive internal feedback and understand if that particular practice is conducive to your success. Or, perhaps, learn a different method that might be better suited for your life at this time. Reflection also allows you to review your practices over time, so as you grow, you can update and evolve accordingly.
When you find life is getting chaotic and crazy, taking some time to slow yourself and take an inventory of your life can alleviate stress and refocus you on what is important in your life. Utilizing daily mindful practices in our lives enables us to take an inventory of everything around us and pause to appreciate what we have.. As we emerge from the mindfulness practice, we can refocus and approach life with a new sense of purpose and passion.
There are thousands of ways to practice mindfulness. Try some of these practices, or make your own! To explore the effects, check out our post, How Mindfulness Changed My Life.
- Create – let your mind wander and create in a way that feels right. You could draw, cook, write, whatever feels most natural!
- Meditate – watch a video of a guided meditation or try an app like Headspace with hundreds of practices.
- Journal – try a gratitude journal, or just simply get all your thoughts out on the page.
- Exercise – moving your body can help you clear your mind of excess stress.
- Go outside – enjoy the scenery; take it all in.
- Listen to your favorite song – don’t do anything but listen.
- Visualize – picture yourself in your favorite place or doing something you love.
- Take a digital break – refrain from checking social media in the first hour you wake-up or before you go to bed.
*Meet the Author*
Joe Pazmany is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Innovade Inc, a company focused on websites, branding, and digital marketing. Within this role he manages an exceptional team who have developed websites, built brands, designed graphics, and implemented comprehensive marketing strategies who helped over 150 businesses in the last few years of operation. He has been with Leadership Inspirations for over 12 years working with students and professionals alike to provide facilitation training and development. Joe is also completing his Doctorate (Ed.D.) in Organizational Leadership having recently completed research on how uncertainty impacts mergers and acquisitions. Additionally, he is an advisor and associate with Alchemy Associates and he teaches as a part time professor at Chapman University in the Leadership Studies program.
Favorite Quote: “A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit” – John Maxwell
Fun Facts: 1) Currently am the CEO of Innovade, a digital technology firm where I get to build new mobile app products as well as virtual reality platforms every day for work, 2) I enjoy fixing, restoring, and improving classic muscle cars and 3) Whenever I can learn a new skill or try a new activity, I jump at the chance.