We could all use a bit more mindfulness in our life—try these five tricks:
1. Sit quietly (no music, no television) for two to five minutes (more if you’re comfortable with it) to see how it feels. Set an alarm (preferably non-jarring) so that you don’t have to worry about time.
2. Close your eyes.
3. Don’t stress about not knowing what you’re doing, your to-do list, the noisy washing machine, the “right way” to sit. Let go of that kind of thinking and calm your mind.
4. Check in with how you are feeling and do a mental body scan.
5. Count your breaths for a focus. Inhale and exhale, that’s one. Continue counting after each exhale to 10. Then start over.