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Adding Mindfulness Practice to Your Daily Routine

Top tips for developing a mindfulness practice. This is part two of a two-part series produced in partnership with leading mental health charity Mind in recognition of Mindful Monday

Acknowledging that building a mindfulness practice can be hard work and difficult, mental health charity Mind recommend incorporating mindfulness into your daily routine, while emphasising the importance of taking your time and trying out different approaches until you discover one that you find effective.

To aid the process of building a mindfulness practice, they offer a selection of top tips to help you derive the greatest benefit from mindfulness exercises.

  1. Pay attention. For example, when you shower in the morning, make a special effort to really pay attention to the feel of the water on your skin.
  2. Notice. When your mind wanders, which is just what minds do, simply notice where your thoughts have drifted to.
  3. Choose and return. If your mind wanders, choose to bring your attention back to the present moment, usually by focusing on your breathing or another sensation in your body.
  4. Be aware and accept. Notice and be aware of emotions you are feeling or sensations in your body. Try to observe and accept these feelings with friendly curiosity and without judgement.
  5. Be kind to yourself. Remember, mindfulness is difficult, and our minds will often wander. Try not to be critical of yourself. When you notice your mind wandering, you can just gently bring yourself back to the exercise.

It can also help to:

  1. Set aside regular time to practise. Regular, short periods of mindful meditation can be more effective than occasional long ones. If you struggle to find the time, you might want to decide on one or two routine activities that you will try to do mindfully each day.
  2. Make yourself comfortable. It can help to do mindfulness in a space where you feel safe and comfortable and won't be easily distracted.
  3. Build your practice slowly. Remember, you’re learning a new skill, so it’ll take time to develop. Most people find it hard to sit and meditate for long periods of time at first, so try to do a few minutes and gradually build up to more.
  4. Be patient. There's no need to set ambitious goals or put pressure on yourself. Many people find it takes a while to feel comfortable doing mindfulness exercises.

Learn More About Mindfulness

Part one of our two-part series produced in partnership with leading mental health charity Mind contains more information on mindfulness and the process of developing a mindfulness practice

READ ABOUT MINDFULNESS

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