Slowing Down Can Help You Become More Mindful. How Do You Start?

By Just Her | March 02, 2021

Do you ever realize how quickly a normal day of your life flies? Waking up early, commuting to work and grinding yourself endlessly; then returning home dead beat. A fast-paced life is what everyone dreams of, but it’s not one that’s sustainable. Mindfulness helps you run the marathon when you thought a sprint would take you places. - By Nikita Arya

 

Do you know what mindfulness can do to you? Top leaders such as Michelle Obama, Kamala Harris, and Nita Ambani practice mindfulness to be more productive at work. They are all early risers, voracious readers, and they all maintain an enviable business pace. How do they do it?

The Real Game is in Practicing Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a mental state where one is completely present and in acknowledgment of the internal and external experiences of the moment. Being more mindful brings clarity to your goals and decision-making ability. It also helps declutter your mind of what is unimportant and makes room for creativity to foster. It helps you embrace the fact that life will always be a hustle, but happiness is a choice you make. 

With the help of meditation and other mindfulness techniques, you can improve your mind, achieve the state of mindfulness, and add worth on both the professional and personal fronts. 

5 Steps to Becoming More Mindful Today

1. Meditate for at least 10 minutes.

Even sitting in silence would do wonders. According to a recent study, silence encourages the creative process as it allows your brain the time to rest. Your mind and body align with each other through meditation. Sitting in silence helps you go inward and think more intuitively. Visionary scientists like Sir Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein nurtured silence over the years, and we all know about the stories of how they mastered over their skills. 

2. Spend time in nature.

Go for a walk, spare some time to watch sunsets and sunrises, plant a tree or simply prune your shrubs and trees. Whichever way, spending time in nature is found to help improving the mind and relieving stress, anxiety, and depression. 

3. Practice mindful eating.

Eat slow, chew thoroughly, eliminate distractions like TV or mobile phones, and eat in silence. Be mindful of what you are eating. When you eliminate distractions while eating, you reinstate your attention towards food and the very process of eating. Mindful eating helps in breaking unhealthy eating habits and helps you develop healthier ones. 

4. Stop multitasking.

Try to focus on one task at a time to avoid mind clutter. Working on one task at a time helps you give your 100% to the task, which ultimately leads to better productivity. 

5. Prioritize your tasks.

Whenever you sit down to complete some task, ask yourself, “ Is it the most important task to be accomplished right now?” Give yourself a timeline for each task as per its importance and urgency. Having a prioritized list will cut off the unnecessary chaos from your life. 

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