I would like to share some mindfulness tips to incorporate into your daily life to help improve your overall well being.

What is mindfulness? Simply, it’s slowing down enough to noticing all the small things inside and in your environment without judgment.  While this sounds easy, it can be difficult to apply in our daily lives.

Mindfulness is an emotionally non-reactive state. We don’t judge any of our experiences as one that is good and one that is bad. Or if we do make those judgements, we simply notice them and let them be.  We simply accept whatever arises. We observe it mindfully. We notice it arising, passing through us and we become at ease with it.

Tip 1: Living in the here & now

Our true home is the present moment. Real life can only be found in the here and now. The past is over and the future has not yet arrived. Since the present moment is the only real moment for us, we can always return by using the breath to get in touch with the true wonders of life.

Tip 2: Hone your listening skills

Listening is difficult. It can be an art form to truly listen and not just wait to speak. Sometimes people just want to rant, complain, or be heard. In these cases, don’t offer advice or try to relate by providing your own story. Learn the difference between a conversation and those times when someone wants you just to listen. By listening and allowing them to speak, you will help that person to feel immensely better throughout the day!

Tip 3: Walk in nature

No matter how stressed, frazzled or tired you feel, sometimes a brisk walk will clear your head, refresh your senses and uplift your spirits. This time of year there are so many blossoms and flowers budding into their full glory – make the time to see them in your neighbourhood.

Tip 4: Take a break

If you struggle taking time off or doing things that help you recharge and feel well on a daily basis, start small by scheduling a 15-20 minute break. Read a book, take a walk, or do anything that encourages joy and is non-work related. If you are used to checking email on your lunch hour or don’t remember what a lunch hour is, remind yourself that not only do you deserve this break, but you need it to do your best work.