Introducing mindfulness to your routine has far-reaching benefits for your well-being, like energy boosts, better focus, less stress, increased compassion and more satisfying relationships. The idea is to feel calm and fully aware of your surroundings and experiences for happier and healthier living. New research published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology found that mindfulness can even make you a nicer person.
Intrigued? Here's how to practice mindful living in 2018:
Breathe in, breathe out
When your brain feels like it's running a mile a minute, stop and breathe. When you take a few seconds to compose yourself, you'll be surprised how much calmer you feel almost instantaneously. Avoid distractions, including your phone, as the idea is to do absolutely nothing for a few minutes to let your mind switch off for a moment. A few deep breaths and you'll be ready to take on the rest of your day.
The power of meditation
Stress can lead us down a path of pessimism and irritability. Instead of falling into the dark hole, practice one on the main pillars of mindfulness. Meditation is the tried-and-true way to drastically improve your overall well-being. Just a few minutes a day can reduce stress, help you focus your mind and connect with your body. Here's a simple meditation practice to get you going.
Get in touch with your emotions
Whether they're uplifting or entirely dire, try not to run away from your feelings. Burying them only causes more worry and distraction, whereas confronting them gives you a chance to deal with what's bothering you. In the future, you'll be able to calmly regulate your emotions and feel more empathy toward others.
Don't be a perfectionist
This can be really difficult for some of us, but mindfulness advises us to let go of the things we can't control. Incessant worrying about what we can't change weighs us down with negativity. This includes the little mistake you made at work or the friend who constantly bails on you. Let it go, girl. Everything will be fine, and you'll feel lighter when you give up the worry.
Resolutions can be equally overwhelming and inspirational, but these mindful changes are a simple way to start focusing on your well-being this year.