8 Ways To Incorporate Mindfulness Into Your Daily Routine
This page provides specific examples of ways you can incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine. The more you practice mindfulness, the more immediate and long-reaching the benefits you get from it will become.
Use your 5 senses to savor and experience one meal slowly and completely without distractions, such as your phone, friends, homework, to-do listing, etc.
Allow yourself time to walk outside and observe your surroundings using your 5 senses.
Take time out to take a few deep, slow breaths (~4-second inhales/exhales) if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed with stress.
Schedule a short period of time during your day (5-10min) to appreciate all the unique, minute aspects of something. It could be something as grand as a beautiful view or as seemingly familiar as your right hand. You might choose something different every day or focus on the same thing for several days.
Incorporate a daily meditation practice. This might be on your own, with a friend, or in a class. The duration might range from a few minutes to a full hour-long practice or more.
Mindful Mundane Activities
Pick one activity that you usually complete on “auto-pilot” and complete it mindfully, observing all the minute aspects of the activity.
Observing Your Thoughts
Practice clearing your mind by observing your thoughts rather than becoming engrossed in them. Allow your thoughts to pass by like leaves on a stream.
Listening To Music
Use mindfulness to enhance your appreciation of music by noticing all aspects of a song: the tempo, the lyrics, the different instruments, the mood of the song, the musical dynamics, the emotions the song stirs in you, the thoughts that arise, etc.