"Conscious breathing is my anchor.”
Mindfulness exercises involve being present in the moment, collecting our thoughts and emotions while escaping the negative energy that surrounds us.
School, university and then work, in these chaos and hectic life schedules we often forget to stop and breathe for a second.
We forget that there is more to life than the glorification of the hustle culture. We must take a step back and take care of our minds and body.
Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh said:
“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”
Our breath is the closest companion we have.
It is what keeps us alive but to really live we must take a few minutes out of our busy schedules and do some breathing exercises. It helps to reduce anxiety as well.
You may find a place as per your preference and feel the natural rhythm of breathing.
Let your breath flow naturally, without forcing anything. It is important to take long deep breaths and not short shallow ones. For example, belly breathing.
The next mindfulness exercise is a simple one but one that works wonders, walking.
Pop on your sweater, lace up your trainers and head out for a twenty-minute run or spirited walk around the block.
Fresh air is an instant state changer and will help you wind down and change tabs in your mind.
Be more present. We often have apathetic conversations with people around us. We hear someone talking but hardly ever listen.
It is essential to really be attentive to what the other person is trying to share. Only then will we be able to really respond accordingly. This way we can have more mindful conversations.
If there is a hobby or interest you are desperate to get into but never seem to have time for?
Swap twenty minutes of television and social media scrolling for twenty minutes spent pursuing your special interest.
Lastly, mindful eating. It all comes down to what you choose to put inside your body. We eat a plateful of food without realising what we are actually ingesting.
It is not a difficult task to eat that is well fitted to your diet and savour every bit of food.
Take a break from just satisfying your cravings but eat to fulfil your hunger. Most importantly, do not skip meals!