The 9 Most Simple Mindfulness-Tips For Beginners [Easy]
What are the best mindfulness tips for beginners? A mindful life equals an attentive, cheerful, relaxed and happy life… and above all: a life where you enjoy the things you do. Here you will find all the mindfulness tips and exercises you need to start practicing mindfulness. Read on for the tips …
First briefly: what is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is being awake and alert. A popular slogan for this is, “Be in the moment.” Now the question is: when are you awake and alert? When you focus your full attention on the task or person you are currently working on.
When are you not alert? When in the meantime you also do something else – or think about something else. So you can capture mindfulness in one word: attention!
Tip 1. The most important mindfulness tip? Forget everything but your breath
Okay, so the # 1 mindfulness tip we want to give you is: forget about all the dozens – or even hundreds – of mindfulness exercises. Yes, there are countless mindfulness exercises where you activate your senses, make a visualization or make certain movements …
Our most important tip is to lovingly put all of that down to you, except for your breath . Whenever you want to bring a little more mindfulness into your life, you simply focus on your breathing.
Follow your breathing with your attention for a moment, slow down your breathing and lower your breathing a little so that it goes to your stomach . Guess what: suddenly you’ve become mindful. Even if you only do it for two seconds, it is already a success! Eckhart Tolle is also a great supporter of this and calls it: a mini-meditation.
Tip 2. Do the ultimate mindfulness technique for everyday life: monotasking
If you want to explain mindfulness in one word, that is as far as we are concerned: attention. If you want to translate attention into an action, we say: monotasking! Whatever you do, do only one thing at a time.
Multitasking doesn’t even make sense. On top of that, it is not pleasant. By paying your full attention to one thing, you work much better and you enjoy more. Your conversations, relationships and tasks get a much higher quality.
Tip 3. The best way to practice mindfulness yourself? Just take frequent breaks!
Tea break, coffee break, lie down, take a walk, have a chat, slow down your breathing for a few seconds (indeed, a meditation) … all without a mobile phone, of course.
It is time that in the business Netherlands, where everything has to be done productively and quickly, we no longer look down on that ‘Antillean feeling’ of ‘taking it easy’, but to recognize that slowing down is much healthier than the Dutch sense of productivity.
Tip 4. Use the book: Mindfulness For Beginners
The book, Mindfulness for Beginners – Reclaiming the Here and Now and Your Life, was written by a professor at the University of Massachusetts. What do we say: he is the founder of mindfulness! Thanks to his life work and research conducted since the 1970s, Vipassana meditation from the East has found its own form in the West: mindfulness!
Tip 5. Learn mindfulness yourself? Use the free Smiling Mind App and blog
Have you ever heard of Smiling Mind? It’s an Australian nonprofit that has developed a free app and blog – full of mindfulness exercises for everyday life. That’s the nice thing about Smiling Mind: their exercises are mainly aimed at applying mindfulness in your daily activities, and not just on your meditation cushion.
Tip 6. Find hundreds of mindfulness exercises here
We also have a nice list of mindfulness exercises for you on our blog. For example, take a look at this article with nearly 100 mindfulness exercises.
Tip 7. Also apply meditation tips
However much we want to deny it in the Netherlands because we find it too embarrassing to admit it, mindfulness is a wonderful form of meditation. Here you will find wonderful meditation tips that can also help you on your way with mindfulness.
Tip 8. Mindfulness in your daily life? Receive a mindfulness assignment every day
Do you want to integrate mindfulness into your daily life? Then get an excercise book or online programme that gives you daily exercises. Maybe find an 8-week mindfulness course in which you receive an assignment by email every day.
The assignments are intended to integrate mindfulness into your daily life. This happens with audio files, videos and daily e-mails, among other things.
Tip 9. If you don’t pay, you don’t pay attention
In this article you will receive all kinds of tips and assignments with which you can independently work with mindfulness in your daily life, without a course, premium e-book or premium online program.
However, in the first tip I would like to urge you to invest a small amount in your own development. As soon as you pay, you will get a lot more out of a project.
You can turn your mindfulness practice into a free project using this blog’s free tips and exercises, but your discipline will get a powerful, effortless boost if you’ve invested a little money in your development as well. You will then do your best.
So the choice is yours: use some more free mindfulness resources or commit to a structured program with a few bucks.
On your luck!