Mindfulness For Beginners

You are on the train home, and you think about what you still have to do today: shopping, picking up the children, and you actually want to exercise for an hour. You work your rounds to get everything done, but you remain in a rush. Have you ever thought about mindfulness? Mindfulness gives you the opportunity to find peace in your hectic life. Became curious? Then read on.

What is mindfulness?

We are often busy with thoughts about the future: ” I really have to make those phone calls tonight ” or ” What am I going to do to that party next weekend?” Mindfulness stems from Buddhism. It ensures that you can let go of all those worries about ‘later’ and ‘tomorrow.’ With the help of easy exercises, you can fully focus your attention on the present and learn to enjoy the here and now. This way, you will feel better in no time!

Is mindfulness the same as meditation?

No, these two things are not exactly the same. Even though they both help you relax and relax, their focus is different. Meditation is about physical and mental silence; mindfulness emphasizes the focus on the here and now. With relaxation, you can also relax on a busy day. Try out which way of finding peace works best for you!

What are the benefits of mindfulness?

Mindfulness has been scientifically proven to have many benefits. For example, it reduces stress, increases your creativity, and benefits your mood. Moreover, you can save a lot of time, thanks to mindfulness. Your focus increases, which increases your productivity.

How do you apply mindfulness?

Schedule a moment each day to focus on the here and now. That is not difficult or time-consuming at all, because you can become mindful in five minutes. Try walking mindfully, or take off your headphones to listen mindfully to the sounds around you. Be aware of your environment and reflect on what you perceive. It can be easy to live mindfully!

Mindfulness Exercises

Do you still think it’s a bit abstract, that mindful life? Then try these simple exercises. You can easily schedule them in your busy schedule. All you have to do is be open to the rest and try not to get distracted. Is that not working well? No worries! Mindfulness also applies: practice makes perfect.

Exercise 1: three, two, one, go!

Many people find it difficult to focus their attention on the here and now. By counting, you can calm your brain and clear your head for a moment. Actually, it works the same as counting sheep.

  • Focus on your breathing.
  • Count your breath and start with one.
  • Slowly count to ten and then start over again.
  • If you find that your attention is gone, start over with one again.
  • Continue this until you find yourself paying full attention to the now.

Exercise 2: don’t think, but feel

You can do this exercise in principle with any part of the body, but for now, we focus on your feet. You can even do this exercise at work, on the train, or on the bus.

  • Focus your attention on your left foot.
  • Feel your foot without moving it.
  • Think: Does your foot feel hot or cold? And how does the ground feel under your feet?
  • Now feel the sides of your feet, the top, your heel, and your ankle again without moving your foot!
  • Check your toes one by one. Do you feel a difference between your toes?
  • Now repeat the exercise on your right foot.

Exercise 3: eat you’re mindful

Put that newspaper or phone away while eating. With this exercise, you eat without any distractions, such as a conversation or other stimuli. Bon appetit! 

  • Make sure you take the time for your food.
  • Avoid getting distracted by your phone, computer, or TV.
  • Take a bite, but wait a while before chewing.
  • Let your senses do their work. What do you smell? What structure do you feel? What do you taste?
  • Chew gently on your food and taste how the structure changes and what flavors come off.
  • Consciously swallow your food and wait a while before taking another bite.