Mindfulness increases the ability to focus and concentrate – two things many find challenging in this high-tech, fast-paced world. Don’t be deterred from practicing mindfulness because you think it is complicated or time consuming.
Start with 3 easy ways to focus your attention and foster mindfulness.
- Periodically take 5 minutes to practice focusing on what is happening around you. Pay attention to the sights, sounds, smells, etc. You may be surprised by what you notice.
- Be fully present while doing even mundane activities like brushing your teeth or commuting to work. It helps increase your ability to concentrate.
- Focus on your breathing. Notice the air flowing in through your nose and out through your mouth. Notice your belly rising and falling with each breath. This is an important part of stress management.
Mindfulness comes more naturally for some than others, but the good news is that it can be developed. Practice these 3 exercises throughout each day and in time you’ll notice the improvement.
If you are looking for more on mindfulness and strengthening your Emotional Intelligence, take a look at our 6 part series we’ve written here. Or for an in-depth, personalized workshop on developing your Emotional Intelligence, join us on June 20, 2016 in Bloomington, MN.