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5 everyday acts of mindfulness (infographic)

May 9, 2017

Do you "space out" while showering? Multitask while making coffee? Make mental grocery lists while driving? If so, you're not alone. Busy days get busier and busier, and it's easy to lose sight of the task at hand.

Thoughtfully tuning in can improve your concentration and decrease your stress. Robert McClure, a certified mindfulness facilitator with Sharp HealthCare, shares 5 easy exercises to help you be mindful throughout your day.

5 everyday acts of mindfulness. Everyday acts of mindfulness – how to add meaning to basic tasks. Practicing mindfulness reminds us to slow down and, in turn, helps us to step back and relax. “Any daily habit can be a practice of mindfulness,” says Robert McClure, LCSW, mindfulness facilitator at Sharp HealthCare. “Stopping and paying attention to your body’s senses (seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling and feeling) can increase your mindful awareness and concentration.” These exercises add meaning to everyday tasks. Making coffee. Take a moment to pause at the coffee maker and smell the coffee beans or ground coffee. As the coffee brews, pay attention to the sounds. Pour the coffee into your cup, and slowly taste the first sip. Driving. Start your commute with three deep breaths and set an intention to drive safely. When stopping in traffic, bring your attention to the taillights of the car ahead – focus and see the color of the lights. Take a few breaths and proceed when safe. Brushing Your Teeth. Place toothpaste on the brush, and pause. Take a few breaths, then notice as you bring the toothbrush to your mouth. Feel the gentle movement of brushing against the teeth. Walking. Take a walk outside, inside or at work. Notice everything with curiosity and open awareness. Focus on the sensation of the feet and legs moving. Use these sensations to anchor your mindful attention. Eating. Before eating, take a few deeper than normal breaths and look carefully at the food. Smell it and take a small bite. Slowly taste the food and be aware of what you are tasting and eating.

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