Practice makes perfect
As with anything in life, the more you do something the better you get at it. The same thing goes for mindfulness, and as we mentioned above, the positive effects of mindfulness is experienced if you practice it regularly. This is because the more you do it, the easier it is for you to learn how to observe your mindset, which then makes it easier to work with your worries or concerns. By observing your thoughts, you can look at them objectively, which can then help to ease your mind.
Mindfulness is therefore a useful and quick tool to help you recharge during your hectic working day. But you don’t need to limit it to when you’re just at work. It’s a great idea to use mindfulness exercises in your everyday life too! For example, you can choose to practice mindfulness while taking public transportation, at night before you go to sleep or first thing in the morning after waking up. They are all great examples of moments throughout the day you can start making mindfulness a habit.
But how do you know when you should practice some mindfulness? One way to know when it’s time to take a quick break is when you start to take notice of the subtle signs your body is giving you. If you feel the urge for an extra cup of coffee, to check your phone, open your inbox again or you feel overwhelmed, you may need a mental break. So use that pause wisely and consider using a mindfulness exercise to help take back control.