It’s a very busy world out there. If you think about it, you’re constantly in a hectic rush to get somewhere on time, complete something on time, and achieve something as others demand it. Whether you’re a student, parent, worker, or just a human being, there’s one word that defines you: busy.
When you feel stressed and you don’t know why, let me tell you where it comes from: the chaos from the outside penetrates your system. So you have to build immunity against it.
Mindfulness – The Solution to Stress
Trust me; I’ve been there. The overwhelming schedule made me too anxious to step out the front door. The stress triggered anxiety, and the anxiety triggered the need for change.
I found my solution in mindfulness techniques. This is my most honest recommendation: don’t wait for the breakdown before you start solving the problem. We all need some mindfulness, whether we feel like it or not.
5 Simple Mindfulness Techniques to Practice
- Take a Break
This is the most effective way to calm down in the middle of a stressful situation: just take a break! Switch off that mental and emotional turmoil, stop and breathe! Count your breaths to ten.
Of course you can’t do it when you’re talking to your boss, but in most cases when you panic, it’s possible to take a break for few seconds.
Mindfulness, in its essence, is about being aware of the current moment. When stress consumes you, you lose touch with yourself. This simple technique is powerful enough to bring you back to balance.
- Notice the Things that Surround You
Awareness means knowing what you think and feel, but it also means noticing the things around you. Being an introvert, that was difficult for me. I didn’t remember names and faces, and navigation was extremely hard for me.
So I started doing this very simple thing: I just stopped and observed.
We’re often not aware of the way the surroundings affect us, even when we see them. Okay; the traffic is hectic. I am part of it. We are all moving somewhere. But are we getting somewhere?
Simple observations raise a lot of questions, so make sure not to complicate things. Just observe. That’s enough for you to become aware that you’re part of this machinery and somehow, it all works.
- Know Your Breath
When you’re stressed out, your breath becomes quick and shallow. When you’re calm, it’s peaceful, deep, and slow. Have you noticed this?
Just as your mood affects your breath, your breath can affect your mood.
So if you feel stressed or anxious, deep breathing can calm you down. Just focus on your breath and be aware of it. Breath in, breath out. Don’t slow it down intentionally; just being aware of it will lead to such an effect.
- Observe Your Thoughts
Have you noticed how people jump to conclusions too quickly? Of course you have! But have you noticed how you jump to conclusions? Probably not. Other people don’t notice this about themselves, either.
That’s because we don’t have the habit of observing our own thoughts. We just let the monkey mind wander.
Pay attention to your thoughts. This is a simple practice that won’t take more than five minutes. Just sit in a comfortable position and observe your thoughts without intentionally causing or stopping them. Just observe their flow.
When this becomes part of your daily practice, it will eventually extend beyond those five minutes. You’ll start being aware of your thoughts all the time and you’ll be more objective about them.
In yoga, this awareness of the spontaneous thought process is called Antar Mouna.
- Take a Walk
After each day of hard work, I take my dog out for a walk. Let me rephrase that: my dog takes me out for a walk. We spend time with each other and I spend time with myself. This is my chance to reconnect with my more peaceful self after a hectic daily plan.
It doesn’t matter how late it is. It doesn’t matter how tired I am. I take that walk.
Walks are a huge stress reliever. You don’t even need a dog; although I’d strongly advise you to take one.
Don’t Worry; You Have Time
The good news is that even if you think you’re too busy, you still have time for mindfulness in your life. In fact, that’s exactly when you need it the most. The simplest mindfulness techniques don’t require much time. When you practice them regularly, they will become part of your daily routine.
What they do require is practice and persistence. Make a commitment to mindfulness every single day, and you’ll soon start experiencing the effects.
About The Author
Jennifer Sanders is a professional journalist at https://www.essaygeeks.co.uk/. She enjoys reading books, traveling, and writing about technologies, education, and motivation. Find Jennifer on Twitter and Facebook.
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