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5 ways to bring mindfulness into your day

19th January 2017

 

HOW TO LIVE IN THE MOMENT

The beginning of the year is a time when we tend to take a look at our habits and behaviors and think about changing them. Giving up certain things or setting goals are usually at the top of people’s resolutions but we know that a hard-line approach doesn’t always work. Slow but steady is the way forward, and carrying out an action every day – no matter how small – helps to make it become a habit.

We know that for many of us, being more present and existing less inside our heads, more inside our bodies, is a desirable outcome of any resolution. So whether it’s completing a series of sun salutations every morning or making the most of that meditation app that you bought in a moment of New Year’s positivity, simply dedicating time to it every day should, in theory, make the action become automatic.

To support your efforts, we thought we’d come up with five simple ways to remain mindful which you can integrate into your everyday - because that’s the ELEMIS way.

 

Eat consciously

We often eat at our desks, on the run or standing up. None of this is good for digestion, absorption of nutrients, or general wellness. Make time for your meals without distraction from screens. Enjoy every mouthful and notice the textures, colors and flavors. In fact, there is even a famous exercise you can practice to enhance your sensorial awareness called The Raisin Meditation. Look it up, buy some raisins and give it a go - you may find yourself tasting things as if for the first time.

 

Go for a walk

Along with leaving your desk for lunch, stepping out for at least 20 minutes to get some fresh air and stretch your legs is a great habit to nurture. There are probably streets nearby that you’ve never walked, green spaces that you didn’t know about, or a neglected sunny bench which is the perfect place to eat your lunch. Get outside, breathe deep, and feel the sunlight on your eyelids. All of this will help increase your sense of well-being and leave you ready to power through the afternoon.

 

Enjoy a bathing ritual

Taking a bath is the perfect way to grab some time for yourself. Combine it with carrying out your skincare routine and you have your own personal spa at home. Start by body brushing to get your circulation going and to help the body’s detoxification process. Then for an intensely moisturising treatment, smooth a rich body oil over your limbs before adding a few drops to the tub as well. Apply a face mask before stepping in the bath as the steam from the water will help open up your pores. Lie back and feel the water on your skin, allowing stress and tension to melt away.

 

Prepare for sleep

Going to bed can be stressful if you find it difficult to fall asleep and for many of us, this form of insomnia is fairly common. Make sure you’re switching off from devices at a reasonable time as blue light affects melatonin production (the hormone needed to start feeling sleepy). If you really can’t switch off, there are numerous apps available which will provide a blue light filter for your screens. This is a good time to read an old-fashioned book, listen to a guided meditation, focus on your breathing or simply relax by becoming aware of the weight of your body and the softness of the bed. Use scents such as Lavender and Chamomile to unwind, both of which can be found in our British Botanicals range.

 

Reclaim your morning

The early morning is a wonderful time to tune into yourself without interruption so it’s worth getting up an hour earlier to ease into the day. Morning Pages is a practice developed by author Julia Cameron and shared in her book, The Artist’s Way. You don’t have to be an artist to benefit from this exercise though, which encourages you to write around 750 words freehand every morning. The aim is to reach for your notebook while your thoughts are still a little clouded by sleep so you are not censoring yourself. Half an hour of scribbling - whether it’s about the dream you just had, something that’s still bothering you from yesterday or anxieties about the day ahead - can unburden the mind and bring amazing insight. Entrepreneurs, students and creatives cite this daily practice as bringing tangible change into their lives.

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