In our fast-paced world, it’s unfortunately all too easy to forget to unplug from the endless flow of information and communication, especially with the presence of social media. Sometimes, it feels like you don’t even have the time to breathe!
While it’s undoubtedly important to be active and focused in whatever you’re doing, it’s equally as important to give yourself the ability to “stop and smell the roses.”
This is exactly what makes the practice of mindfulness so crucial to living a productive and satisfying life.
What Is Mindfulness?
Put simply, mindfulness is focusing your awareness on yourself and your immediate surroundings as opposed to any task, activity, or thought that might be occupying your mental space. You can look at mindfulness as a form of mental hygiene.
On the surface, it might not seem like such a simple and effortless activity could be that worthwhile, but practicing mindfulness in your daily routine can be incredibly liberating. Humans are prone to habit. We naturally fall into cyclical routines. However, that does not mean that we don’t need and deserve time to unwind.
You may now be wondering how to put mindfulness into effective practice. Don’t sweat it, though. It’s something you could easily start immediately.
To practice mindfulness, you need to let go.
You have a project due tomorrow? An important Zoom meeting? A bit of trouble in a personal relationship? Not anymore! OK, well, it’s not exactly like that, but the point of mindfulness is to set your mind at ease. That’s why you want to forget about any specific happening in your life. Rather, your focus should be brought to the present moment.
It’s important not to blame yourself if your thoughts do wander, because the truth is that everyone’s do. The whole point of mindfulness is to give yourself a well-deserved break.