Time for more mindfulness
Get up, work, a doctor's appointment during lunch break, continue working, a short visit to the gym, then it's time for dinner with friends in a restaurant - but where is time for yourself? On some days our calendars are full of appointments from morning to evening. We often forget to take time off for ourselves. But between work and daily stress you should consciously take time for yourself and pay attention. In this blog article you will learn why relaxing and attentive moments are important, how you can integrate more attentiveness into your everyday life and what a mindful evening actually is.
Mindfulness instead of everyday stress
When was the last time you consciously took time off for yourself? How long has it been since you consciously kept an evening off to relax, be creative, or read a good book? Moments in which we are mindful and take time for ourselves have become quite rare due to professional commitments, appointments and dates. When we look at our calendar it often happens that we only find a few free time slots. We work, rush from A to B, have to make phone calls, go shopping, we meet friends - our everyday life is filled with various activities and relaxation is usually unthinkable. Even if many of our appointments, such as a cozy coffee with friends or a Sunday visit to the family, bring with them beautiful moments and we can recharge our batteries, time off just for ourselves is highly important. We often put our own well-being behind that of others and often only find time in the evening to breathe deeply and relax. However, we can shape our everyday life through small habits in such a way that we consciously give ourselves more space and thus become more attentive.
Learning to be mindful
with care - both physically and mentally. Switching off from our daily routine is often not easy due to the constant availability and the packed calendar. But if we keep appointments in the calendar, why don't we set a weekly mindfulness evening as a fixed appointment? We can easily integrate mindfulness as a new routine into our daily lives and use it as a relaxing time-out for ourselves. We can learn to switch off, relax or use the time for something we haven't done for a long time or always wanted to try out. But it doesn’t always need to be an entire evening - we could also consciously use the small moments such as the bus or train journey to work to breathe in deeply and enjoy the moment.
Your 10 moments of mindfulness
Mindfulness evenings and mindful moments should help to slow down and relax your everyday life. A full schedule often means that we are permanently under tension and no longer consciously perceive our surroundings. Whether a whole day, an evening or a small moment: it is the big and small things in life that allow us to exercise mindfulness. You decide which activities you want to integrate into your mindful moment! You can make the time to yourself a habit with a little practice. We would like to give you ten inspirations for practicing mindfulness in your everyday life.
1. Explore the nature!
Do you remember the last time you consciously paid attention to the chirping of birds? When was the last time you consciously watched a sunset? Nature does not only create a balance to the daily work in the office, but also offers you constantly new, fascinating discoveries. For a moment of mindfulness, it can be enough to use your lunch break to go for a little walk. Maybe you can leave your smartphone in the office and consciously take care of your environment during this time.
2. Be creative!
Wax crayons, cardboard and pencils have accompanied us through our childhood. But artistic creativity is a good way to switch off and relax, to organize your thoughts or even to express them. Whether canvas and brush, wool and knitting needles, sewing machine and fabric - creativity knows no boundaries! Besides spiritual relaxation, creative activities also have one advantage: they produce results in the form of paintings, sewn garments or a cap you have knitted yourself. And you can be proud of that.
3. Do Yoga!
Whether it's sun salutation in the morning or a few exercises to relax the neck and back muscles in the evening - yoga is one way you can give yourself a moment of attentiveness and attention. By concentrating on the harmony of movement and breathing, you can forget your thoughts for a moment and consciously focus on your body.
4. Learn some new skills!
You've always wanted to speak Italian or learn to play the guitar, but you can't find the time? Take it! College of further education, for example, offer a wide range of different courses. In addition to inner well-being, mindfulness also includes the thought of fulfilling one's wishes. The courses always take place on fixed dates, so we usually keep to them - even if something comes up in between.
To allow thoughts to wander, to completely switch off and to relax is often difficult for us. Due to the busy everyday life it can sometimes be overstraining to suddenly have time for yourself. A meditation can help you to look at your thoughts objectively. Meditation minimizes the flow of thoughts as we purely concentrate on the length and intensity of breathing. Whether thirty seconds or five minutes - a meditation does not have to be extremely long. A short but daily meditation can be more effective than a long meditation phase per week. And everyone finds five minutes a day for a moment of mindfulness. Video tutorials or meditation apps provide a good basis for newcomers to get to the bottom of the subject.
Relaxation is the basis for switching off. Take a bubble bath, use a face mask, drink tea, listen to quiet music or do something else that relaxes you. Mindfulness and well-being also means indulging yourself and doing something good for your body.
7. Go offline!
We are available 24/7. The further development of the telecommunication and public WLAN have a big influence on our media usage behavior. Most people spend several hours a day on their smartphone. How often do you use your mobile phone? And in which of these situations is it really necessary? A day or evening when you consciously put your phone aside or even turn it off gives you the chance to switch it off and deliberately NOT be reachable. Another possibility of the so-called Digital Detoxes can be the conscious decision to leave the mobile phone in your pocket during the train journey and instead look at your environment. What kind of people ride with you on the train? Or did you even notice that a new house was built next to the railway line?
8. Be grateful!
It’s often the little things in life that make us happy. A gratitude diary records exactly these situations and encounters. What made you smile today? What are you thankful for? If you take a few minutes every day to reflect on your day and write down special moments, you will forever capture them. Bookstores already have a large selection of gratitude diaries. Alternatively, you can take an empty notebook and create your own bullet journal.
9. Be cultural!
Mindfulness can mean that you try out familiar things in a new way. A visit to a gallery, theatre or cinema is usually done with friends. But what's wrong with sitting alone in the cinema and watching something you really want to see?
10. Read again!
Every day we read a lot of news or e-mails. But the time to read a novel or a good non-fiction book is usually too short. Reading takes us into different worlds, educates us on certain topics and informs us.
Relaxing, switching off, being mindful - three things we should pay more attention to in our stressful everyday life. With a few tips, small moments of mindfulness can be easily integrated into the schedule and can become a nice habit over time. Besides mindful moments in which you consciously take time for certain activities, small challenges can help you to get to know your body better. A juice cleanse, for example, offers you the opportunity to better understand your body and pay attention to its needs.