Thankfully for mindfulness and meditation, there are many apps for that. Popular apps like Headspace and 10% Happier are short mindful meditation series to start your day on the mindful foot. One of the first things you should do in the morning is focus on your breathing and creating a state of mindful calm. Mindfulness meditation doesn’t have to be complicated in any way. The basics of mindfulness meditation are so simple that anyone can do them. Most mindfulness meditations include finding a comfortable position, closing the eyes, and taking deep breaths, shifting the attention toward the breath. Noticing, paying attention, and becoming aware are part of mindfulness. Start by paying attention to the breath. Notice the way your stomach expands and contracts to meet the breath and how your chest rises and falls. With each exhale see if you can become aware of how different parts in your body are relaxing. Try, with your mind, to scan through your body and notice where there is any tension. Send the energy of your breath to that area and notice if it relaxes. As you continue to breathe, become aware of your thoughts. Mindfulness also includes practicing non-judgment. Try not to judge your thoughts but just notice them, without paying too much attention to them. Continue to breathe and shift your focus back to your breath, then to your body. You’ll notice that you’ve been in a deeper state than you realized as you start to wiggle your fingers and toes to come back to center. Set an intention for bringing this energy into the rest of your day.
Incorporate Mindfulness Into Your Morning Routines: When you brush your teeth, brush your hair, make your breakfast, get dressed, and do all the other things you do in the morning, apply mindfulness. Notice your movements and how routine some things might feel. Focus on your breathing and bring your awareness into the present moment of what you are doing. How does your toothpaste really taste? How often do you pay attention to the way you get dressed?
Mindfully Choose What You Do First: We are prone to getting on our phones right when we wake up because for many people, it is an alarm clock. When you turn the alarm off see if you can take a mindful moment to choose what you are going to do next. Is the best use of your energy to scroll through social media, check your email, or go flipping through a bunch of different apps? Make the first thing you do opening up a meditation app and getting into a zone of mindfulness for the day.
Drink A Glass Of Water: Water and mindfulness have a lot to do with one another. First, your body needs hydration when it wakes up. Drinking a full 8 ounce glass of water is highly recommended. You’ll find it is easier to meditate when you aren’t focusing on how dry your mouth and throat are or how thirsty you feel. You can apply mindfulness to your morning cup of water. Notice how cool and refreshing the water feels and how your body reacts to the hydration.
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