What exactly is mindfulness?
“Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not be overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.” (1)
Usually, this is done by trying to reduce your thoughts and control your breathing. Sounds easy right? Well, in one way it is, because mindfulness is an ability that everyone can access with a little bit of insight. But to ensure you get the most out of the idea as well as the long-term benefits, it’s best to practice it on a regular basis. Even just five minutes a day will be beneficial.
There are a number of different ways to practice mindfulness. It can be performed:
- sitting, standing, or moving around
- as short breaks inserted into everyday life
- or in combination with other activities, such as yoga and sports
Bottom line: Mindfulness is the ability to stay in the moment and can be performed just about anywhere