Our days are filled with stimuli. Texts, notifications, errands, chores, and screens, screens, and even more screens. It can be overwhelming. Which makes it important to take some time to learn how to practice mindfulness. To get yourself centered and present.
What is Mindfulness
Mindfulness is the practice of bringing your attention to the present moment. It is acknowledging your feelings and thoughts, your environment, and your bodily sensations. It is therapeutic in nature and in a world rampant with distractions it is becoming increasingly popular as a way of fending off those attention-grabbing sources.
How to Be More Mindful
For beginners, becoming more mindful starts slowly. Pick your moments. A few minutes at the beginning of the day or even right in the middle. Focus on your breathing while waiting in line at the coffee shop or just let your mind wander instead of mindlessly scrolling through Instagram. Soon it will be baked into your routine and you can begin to increase the time devoted to it as you see fit.
Get Your Mind Right
A Pinch of Therapeutic Putty
Let’s start with a hands-on approach to mindfulness. Pinch Me Therapy Dough brings all the fun of the putties you remember from when you were a kid with a much more pleasant smell. The pliable, tactile dough will trigger several senses to help you re-center and be more mindful.
A Spiky Approach to Muscle Recovery
You can’t get your mind right until your body is. While it may look intimidating, the spiked acupressure ball from Aku produces a warm, revitalizing effect that can stimulate circulation and help in muscle recovery so you’re not thinking of that neck pain as you’re trying to unwind.
A Blanket That’s More Like a Hug
Laying underneath a weighted blanket feels like a comforting hug. These blankets have long been used to help ease anxiety and stress, and Baloo Living’s weighted blanket takes it a step further with an eco-friendly version that comes in sizes for you and a partner. You’ll want to curl up, but you will definitely not want to get up.
Have a (Meditative) Seat
Finding a comfortable position is vital for any meditation or mindfulness session which is why I am sitting on it for the entire video. Alexia’s ergonomic meditation cushion helps you find a comfortable, posture-friendly seating position as you practice mindfulness. It’s structure gets your body in sukhasana pose or “easy seated pose” which helps ease hip tension from a day of sitting at a desk all day, and stress…from sitting at a desk all day.
Peaceful Sounds Quell Busy Minds
Age-old meditation techniques meet modern technology. The Mindfulness Tone System from Solu plays 3-minute sequences of peaceful sounds based on the Pythagorean tuning system which has historically been used to encourage relaxation and wellness. Your meditation session starts at the press of a button.
Take a Breath and Get Centered
A quick meditation session is always within reach thanks to Lovetuner, the mindfulness necklace. It helps slow your breathing and, on the exhale, plays a single note at 520 Hz, also known as the “love frequency” for its believed ability in helping calm our minds and bodies.
Channel Your Energy
Personalize Your Plan
It’s time to channel that revitalized energy. And the Best Self Co. Self Journal is a great place to start. This goal-setting planner helps break down objectives into smaller, doable steps and provides guides to track progress and reflect on what you’ve learned.
Find Your Zen Piece by Piece
Continue relaxing with another age-old form of entertainment—the jigsaw puzzle. Zen Art & Design creates heirloom-quality puzzles that are well-crafted and durable while featuring lovely imagery. Non-traditionally shaped pieces like fish and boats make the construction all the more fun.
The Art of Mindfulness
You can unwind by winding up. The Quilling Card quilling kit is a traditional art form that teaches you to create intricate designs by rolling and shaping strips of paper. Its an artful approach to mindfulness that produces lovely cards for friends and family.
Stitch Together a Moment of Mindfulness
We end by continuing the craft-centered modes of mindfulness. Darn Good Yarn makes beautiful, handcrafted wooden yarn bowls that will be a favorite of knitting enthusiasts of any skill level. And not just because it takes away the possible stress of the ball of yarn falling and unraveling.
Even on the busiest day, a few minutes of mindful practice can go a long way for your mental and physical well-being. Any of these products can go a long way in helping you learn how to practice mindfulness.
Another way to get rid of mental clutter is to get rid of physical clutter. Check out Minimize Clutter, Maximize Space: A Guide to Organizing Small Spaces.
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