4 Ways To Practice Mindfulness

  • In this unfortunate period of a pandemic, you are safe but are you mentally sound?

By God’s grace, most of us are cooped up at home and safe. You have a lot of things at your disposal, but your mind may still be at unrest. Here are a few things you can do for some peace of mind.

Let these 4 activities be your calm in the middle of chaos!

Meditation

Almost every article you read, might be preaching about meditation. And for a good reason. Turn this preaching into practice, and you’ll experience peace like never before. All you need to do is find yourself a quiet corner and sit upright with your eyes shut. Eyes shut but your soul awake. Think about the things you want to focus on. Constantly indulge in the process of positive reinforcement. Just enjoy and cherish what you may have at the moment. Control you breathing with deep in’s and out’s in a rhythmic manner for a period of 15 minutes every day. The results will speak for itself.

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Breathing techniques

It is alright if you don’t want to indulge in meditation, but you can definitely use some breathing techniques to let loose of the tension and anxiety. Begin with just 5 minutes a day and increase your time as the exercise becomes easier and more comfortable. If 5 minutes feels too long, start with just 2 minutes. Practice multiple times a day. Schedule set times or practice conscious breathing as you feel the need. There are techniques like pursed lip breathing where you slow down your pace of breathing by having you apply deliberate effort in each breath.

Yoga

This ancient practice has physical, mental, and spiritual benefits, and primarily consists of asanas or postures which also work as relaxation techniques. Yoga also allows you to breathe right in order to relieve anxiety. Breathing practices like Kapalbhaati pranayama, Bhastrika pranayama, Nadi Shodhna pranayama, Bhramari pranayama can help free the mind of unnecessary clutter of thoughts.

Keep a reflection journal

Write your thoughts down as and while they come. A reflection journal will help you keep your thoughts clear and concise. If you ever feel down you can write down about your thoughts, and later you can come back and try to understand why you felt that and what made you feel like that. Retrospection and introspection, both will allow you some mental peace.

Times are tough, but only you can help yourself overcome these obstacles and you shall succeed!

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