What does mindfulness really mean? When you think about mindfulness, you’re probably thinking of an overall sense of positivity and well-being. You might also think it means lots of meditation and essential oils, or creating a positive environment around you. Though any of these can contribute to mindfulness, there are also some mindfulness techniques that you can learn in your daily life to help reduce stress.
Here’s 3 mindful ways to reduce stress in your life. Note that each of these things are to be done with purpose. That’s the heart of mindfulness – going about your daily life with intention and purpose.
Journaling with Purpose
Journaling is one of the easiest and most basic ways to bring mindfulness into your life. If you’re not already writing or journalling on a daily basis, start now! Simply write whatever comes to mind. Then you also want to add some gratitude at the end of every journal entry. No matter how your day went, there is always something to be grateful for. It’s also helpful to go back and reviewing your previous journal entries. Doing this on a regular basis will help you to discover the patterns that are causing stress in your life. Then you take constructive steps to reduce stress inducing situations in your life. Again, journaling is one of the most important mindfulness techniques that you can do to help you relax and destress.
Breathing with Purpose
You might wonder about this since you’re always breathing! But there’s more to it than that. Mindfulness techniques related to breathing help you perform calming breathing techniques which can help to lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety and any other stress related reactions. This is breathing with purpose and can be a vital mindfulness step in learning your body reactions, keeping them in check and dealing with your stress before it hurts you physically.
Meditation with Purpose
Meditation is listed in most mindfulness techniques as part of learning your body, being aware of how it feels, and how it is reacting. Meditation with purpose is meditating to focus on your stress, relieving that stress, and finding what the root issue is. Through meditation you can start to see a pattern in your issues and the issues you need to focus on instead of the initial knee jerk reaction of what the stress is.
One of the easiest ways to get started meditating with purpose is by practicing yoga. Yoga naturally incorporates breathing, meditation mindfulness as you focus on asanas, what your body is doing and how you are feeling.
Any of these techniques can be used alone or together to help reduce stress levels. Learn how to keep a mindfulness routine that works for you when you need it as well as making it a part of your daily routine will go a long way towards reducing chronic stress levels and the health issues that are commonly associated with stress.