28 June 2017

6 Mindfulness Exercises For Beginners

If you follow me on social media, you might have noticed that I recently visited one of my favourite childhood places The Elan Valley. It was such a beautiful day and really reminded me how important it is to be present and not to be racing a million miles ahead all the time. In short Mindfulness is a practise that originated in Buddhism and is a simple form of meditation that focuses on the present moment, as well as your feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations. It's a practise that has been around for a long time now, but has definitely gathered momentum in the fact that it is now a proven way to help with stress, depression, anxiety as well as promoting a more healthier and positive lifestyle. The reason why I love practising Mindfulness, is because it restores my senses, puts me back in the present moment and it really doesn't take that long to do! I often get put off timely practises, as more often than not I'm here there and everywhere. I have put together 6 of my favourite Mindfulness Tips, which are perfect for beginners wanting to make a positive difference in your life. 

1 - Shower Meditation
Mindfulness is so easy to slot into your day to day life and one of my favourite practises is shower meditation. Every time you have a shower take sometime to close your eyes and visualise washing away your stress and anxiety. Concentrate on feel of the water upon your skin and notice any scents of textures of products that you may be using. As the water falls from your skin envisage any negativity you may be feeling going down the drain. 

2 - Mindfulness App
I couldn't be without the Mindfulness App, it's such a fantastic way to practise mindfulness just a few minutes a day. It also alerts you throughout the day to take a few minutes too yourself, as well as bunch of super inspiring tips and tricks. My favourite thing to do is the "Bodyscan" which takes under four minutes, but brings me back to a relaxed and present state of mind. 

3 - Colouring 
Colouring is a great relaxation tool. There are so many fantastic adult colouring books, which you can purchase online and on the high street. It's such a popular thing to do these days, I remember when Daniel thought I was crazy when I brought home a colouring book. However, if you're like me and you're a bit of a messy when it comes to colouring then there are also some fantastic apps, which I find equally relaxing and easy to incorporate into my very "techy" lifestyle. 

4 - Get In Touch With Nature 
Getting outside is one of the very best ways to recharge your soul and get those endorphins flowing. Taking note of the scenery, the smells and the feeling of so many different sensations is the perfect way to naturally calm down and give back to yourself.

5 - Bodyscan 
As I mentioned above my favourite mindfulness practise at the moment is the Bodyscan. The purpose of the body scan is to simply notice your body. You might have a lot on or things on your mind, which usually results in trying to distract yourself by running away with ourselves. The bodycan helps to bring you back to the present moment and appreciate how calm "right now" can really be if you just pay close attention.

6 - Practise breathing
Last, but not least and as obvious as it sounds breathing is quite a technique! I know for a fact that when I'm not exercising much when I do go back to the gym, my breathing is all over the place! It's similar with mindfulness. Stress and various other situations can induce shallow and uncomfortable breathing. However, by simply focusing on your breathing technique you can really help to ease any stress or anxiety that might be lingering over you. Begin by paying attention to what one breath feels like and the sensations and movements of your body, soon you will begin to feel more at ease.

I hope you've enjoyed this post about my favourite mindful practises that have really helped me over the past 18 months. Each time I start to feel a little overwhelmed, I devote some time to being mindful and the difference it makes is really noticeable. Being mindful can literally take you a minute and isn't something that is hard to fit into your day to day lifestyle, it's all about giving yourself a much deserved break.


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