Staying mindful in the day

Staying mindful in the day

by Headspace » Fri Jun 06, 2014 11:42 pm


I'm finding it very difficult to stay mindful in the day and some days I forget to be mindful for most of the time. How can I get ahead with being mindful?

Andy's Answer

Becoming more mindful throughout the day is perhaps one of the more challenging aspects of training the mind.

That's partly because the day is just so long and undefined, but also because we are not used to the habit. This is in contrast to our meditation practice which may well be a daily ritual and which is defined by a certain time and location.

So, the first thing we need to do is to break the day up into chunks. Forget about trying to be mindful the entire day - it's impossible at first. Choose one thing, and just one thing you do everyday and make that your time to be mindful. It can be brushing your teeth, walking to and from work, dressing and undressing, drinking a cup of tea...anything which is fairly routine and preferably not involving another person.

Commit to this one activity, every day, every time you do it, for one week. When you've done it and feel confident that it is part of your new routine, you can then add a second activity. Never take on more than one new activity a week.

This may sounds like small steps, but it can quickly make a considerable impact and, over the course of a year, genuinely transform the way you feel throughout the day.

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