Mindfulness is a form of meditation resulting in an enhanced awareness of sensations, feelings, and thoughts in a particular moment. The idea behind mindful practice is to allow free entry and release of sensations and emotions without over-analyzing or judging them. Mindfulness practices include guided imagery and breathing methods aimed at relaxing the mind and body and reducing stress. Here are a few ways to practice mindfulness every day.
Try to always pay close attention to your body and what you hear, smell, taste, and feel - identify and name these sensations.
Also, focus on your breathing, especially when you have negative thoughts or are having a difficult day. Consider sitting down and closing your eyes. Take a deep breath and focus on it as it moves through your body. Sitting down and breathing even for one minute can help you return to a calm state.
Another good mindfulness practice to try every day is finding a quiet place to start a slow walk. Be sure to focus on the walking experience, especially on the delicate walking movement and the sensation of standing.
Finally, let mindfulness be reflected in every area of your life, from the way you eat to your daily exercises and how you handle life challenges. These practices work for adults and children alike.