3 Tips to Starting a Mindfulness Routine
Being mindful is focusing your awareness on the present moment and moving from engaging in the stories in your head to the seat of observation without judgment. Mindfulness exercises can help with everything from anxiety to increased energy, improved mood and better sleep, not to mention the energetic benefits like increasing alignment and resonance in the energetic body.
How Mindfulness Helps You
Some of the benefits of mindfulness include reduced stress and improved general well-being. The benefits of mindfulness are feeling more confident and productive. We are better able to help others and make a positive difference in the world when our own cup is full.
Like a pressure cooker, the events that we experience, energy we connect with and beliefs that are triggered all create internal energetic pressure. By practicing mindfulness, you are releasing the pressure valve and letting go of what does not serve you and you can achieve results much faster in your life.
Besides being a stress reliever, mindfulness makes you more productive and able to more easily achieve your goals. By practicing mindfulness, you become more aware of the best decisions that need to be made to move things forward. It can help influence how you interact with others, take care of yourself and so much more.
The benefits of mindfulness are physical, emotional and energetic.
Physical improvements include:
- Strength and endurance
- Increased focus
- A stronger immune system
- Increased energy
- Reduced body fat
- Decreased blood pressure
- Reduced stress levels
- Enhanced focus
- And more efficient use of energy
The psychological benefits include:
- Having more effective social relationships
- Less anxiety
- Better sleep
- Improved memory
Energetically, mindfulness helps to align your bodymind with your desired frequencies and strengthens your resilience as you become more skilled at moving from one frequency to another at will. The more time you spend in your desired frequency, the more you will attract into your life that aligns with that resonance.
But how do you get started with a mindfulness routine?
Set a Daily Time to Practice Mindfulness
One of the best times to practice mindfulness is in the morning when you first wake up and, in the evening, before you go to sleep. Your mind is the most receptive at these times. If this is difficult for you because you are so used to our routines that it is hard to choose to do something different, try the following tips.
Setting a reminder for yourself to spend some time being mindful is helpful. It can be as simple as a post-it note on your bathroom mirror, your fridge or a notification on your phone. Or it could be a well-placed picture in an area you frequent often that is a symbol of mindfulness and reminds you to practice it.
If you’re rushing in the mornings, it may feel daunting to start a mindfulness routine. I completely understand – I have two young children I homeschool daily. You have two choices – either set aside 15 minutes where you get up earlier or try to remove something from your morning that is not productive for you. If neither of those appeal to you, you can try creating some time for yourself in the afternoon if it works better for you. After a few hours of focused work and lunch, some time being present can be helpful in refreshing your brain and body. You can take a few minutes after lunch to practice.
As mentioned, before sleep is also an excellent time to practice being mindful. It may put you into a restful state of being that you sleep better and you are aligning with healing energy when your subconscious mind is more open to connecting with it.
Does Technology Get In the Way of Being Mindful?
One interesting thing that has come up recently is the question of whether technology enhances or impedes our ability to be mindful. There is no doubt that having your notifications dinging while you are in quiet contemplation will snap you out of being present, so do your best to turn those off so that you can tune into yourself.
There are programs and guided audio sessions that can help you get into the practice of being mindful. These are excellent tools to help you strengthen your ability to listen to your higher self. Just be open to a future where you will no longer need things outside of yourself to become present and aware.
Keep Your Mindfulness Practice Going
Tracking your progress can make practicing mindfulness more fun. Taking time to journal insights after a mindfulness session acts as positive reinforcement and can help you to interpret the symbolic information coming from your right brain.
As you journal, you may notice changes in your thought process and feelings that emerge. Mindfulness journaling helps with the transition through these feelings. It provides insight into deep-rooted thoughts that can help to heal and shift limiting beliefs.
Taking time each day to connect with yourself can be the most rewarding and valuable time you spend.
- Decide when you will spend time being mindful in your day (ex: morning)
- Commit to a length of time (ex: 15 minutes)
- Track your progress
I hope you find these simple tips helpful and you are able to implement them right away.