Starting a mindfulness practice can be hard to do. It’s normal for beginners to feel like they aren’t doing it “right” or to struggle sticking to a regular practice.
The truth is – there is no right or wrong way to practice mindfulness, it’s about doing what feels right for you.
If you are a mindfulness beginner, or wondering how do I practice mindfulness everyday? These tips are for you.
1 ) Make Everyday Tasks Mindful
If you’re a busy person, or have other responsibilities like children or family members to look after, it can feel as if mindfulness is another thing to add to the todo list. When you already have lots going on mindfulness can slip to the bottom or just fall off completely.
Instead when you’re first starting to practice mindfulness try incorporating it into things you already have to do. It could be noticing the way it feels to brush your teeth. Or tuning into the sounds as you wash up. Whatever task you do everyday try bringing a little more awareness to it and making that your practice.
2) Mindful Movement Might be More For You
The biggest myth around mindfulness is that you have to sit still, when it is so much more than that. It could be mindful dance, mindful movement practice, or even just going for a walk or run. If you aren’t enjoying a seated practice give mindful movement a try.
Whichever type of movement you pick, just remember to invite your attention there, notice how it feels, see what sensations might be different, or new, and see if you can be curious about the experience.
3) Is Mindful Eating Your Cup of Tea?
Are cups of tea your “Ahhhhhh” moments? If so this could be the perfect opportunity to try mindful eating or drinking. Use this opportunity to try slowing down even more.
Savour every bite or every sip. Try to tap into all your senses as you go, what does it smell like, what does it look like, how does it feel, and what sounds does it make?
If you’re looking for more information our facilitator Louise has written a Guide to mindful eating for Pulsin here:
4) Try Setting an Alarm
If we’re not in the habit of doing something sometimes the hardest part is just remembering to do it – and not remembering hours later in the middle of the night!
If this sounds like you, why not try setting yourself an alarm, pick a time that is likely to work for you, and when the alarm goes off start your mindfulness practice.
We tend to keep our phones close at all times, this is a great way that it can be used to distract you, in a good way!
5) Everything is Easier Together
Another great way to practice mindfulness is to invite a friend to join you. You can both hold each other accountable and it’s always interesting to share how the practice has gone. You might find that one of you connects more with one style of practice, or that it’s different for you both on different days.
There are also plenty of communities out there practicing mindfulness, and supporting beginners to understand more about their own practice.
You can join us at The Heart Movement community where we practice together 5 mornings a week.
If you’ve found this helpful you might also like your upcoming free introduction to mindfulness 5 day course. It’s only 15 minutes a day and is a great opportunity to meet The Heart Movement community, learn more about mindfulness, and start your mindfulness practice.