Mindfulness is about the process, so the more you do it, the more natural it becomes. Consistency is the key. Here are 6 tips for making mindfulness part of your daily routine.
Stick with it. Remember that it takes some time and a little effort to make a new habit. We encourage you to try it at least 3 times in one week.
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2. It's okay to make it informal. Practicing mindfulness doesn't actually have to be in a formal setting - try to connect it to an existing routine or everyday activity, like drinking your morning coffee/tea, or brushing your teeth/shower.
3. Get comfortable. When you start a meditation practice, it can help to create a quiet space without distractions, but really, you can do it anywhere. All you need is a cushion or chair where you can sit comfortably and in a relaxed position.
4. Easy does it. It also helps to start with small steps. Your goal is to actually do the practice, so it helps to keep it simple. Set your goal each day for short periods of time. It can be as simple as checking in to how you are feeling mentally, physically, and emotionally, or practicing mindful breathing for one or two minutes.
5. Plan ahead. You may want to schedule your practice. Experiment with different times to practice to find what suits you best.
6. Embrace the experience. And finally, the way you pay attention really matters. If you can make it enjoyable and develop a kind and friendly attitude toward yourself and the process, you'll find that you'll struggle less with whatever comes up. And remember to take a moment to appreciate whatever time you were able to spend meditating and whatever benefits you feel, however small.
Namaste, and many blessings to you!