How To Practice Mindfulness In Your Life

How to practice mindfulness in your life

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it means to be mindful and fully enjoy where we’re at in life.

I mentioned before that when the new year started, I picked a word I wanted to live by throughout the year instead of trying to stick to a New Year’s resolution. The word I picked was intentional because I wanted to be intentional in everything I did. I looked at it more in terms of writing, exercising, or carving out time for self-care—but lately hearing so much about mindfulness, I realized how much the word intentional goes beyond what I initially thought.

Mindfulness is when you’re fully present where you are, without overwhelming yourself to what’s going on around you. When I started thinking about how to be fully present and aware of the current moment, I realized how my word “intentional” intertwined with mindfulness. I could be intentional in enjoying every single moment—rather than looking behind or ahead, or wishing for a different set of circumstances.

We lose so much happiness when we’re always wishing that things in our lives could be different, or when we’re always trying to get to our next destination rather than appreciating what we currently do have. Being mindful of where we are brings more fulfillment, happiness, and an overall connection to who we are. We might still have moments where we don’t feel grounded in mindfulness, but learning how to be mindful can help us notice exactly what we’re experiencing while being appreciative of what we have. Here are some ways you can practice mindfulness in your life: 



Find Ways To Connect With Yourself 

When we feel disconnected from who we are, it’s hard to be present where we’re at. I know that the second I’m out of touch with how I’m feeling, whether it’s brushing off or ignoring how my emotions, I know that I’m no longer at my best.

Ask yourself what would bring you more connection, to get in touch and be mindful with your emotions and feelings so you can deal with them rather than bury them. For me, it’s setting aside time for journaling. Journaling has so many positive mental health benefits, especially when you have a space to freely express how you feel without fear of holding back. It’s helpful to have a space where you can reflect on your heavy emotions and innermost thoughts, while figuring out how you can implement changes in your life.

Aside from journaling, I always feel more connected when I can get outside for a run. It’s important to dive deeper into the things that bring you fulfillment, and do activities that will bring you more happiness and joy. Other ways you can find a connection with yourself include:

  • Spending time outside
  • Listening to an uplifting podcast
  • Reading a book that motivates and inspires you
  • Focusing on one task at a time

Ask yourself what you need to be your best self, and how you can push yourself to your highest potential (without overdoing it). 



Immerse Yourself In Your Feelings

For years, I don’t think I realized the back-and-forth cycle I was stuck in when I kept wishing for a different set of circumstances, yet not being appreciative of where I was at.

Mindfulness means accepting your thoughts and feelings, allowing yourself to feel exactly what you feel. A situation didn’t turn out the way you thought it would? Lean into those feelings whether it’s disappointment, sadness, or grief. But never allow it to consume your mind longer than necessary. A lot of times we’ll either try to avoid or ignore our feelings, which only buries them deeper. When we learn how to deal with them, it becomes a lot easier to let go and make room for happiness.

Be intentional in deciding how you’re going to feel. The other day, I realized something with my website wasn’t working like I thought it was. While I was initially upset, I also knew there was nothing I could do about it, so there wasn’t a reason to keep dwelling on what I couldn’t change. We’ll often find a lot of our circumstances are beyond our control, but the one thing that is in control is our perspective and how we choose to react to a situation. Even when it isn’t working or turning out like pictured it would.

Mindfulness helps us notice our feelings and what we’re experiencing, but also helps us accept and work through them so we are appreciative of where we’re at. No matter what’s taking place around us.

5 ways to practice mindfulness

 

Prioritize What Brings You Joy 

I’m at the stage in my life where I’m only prioritizing the things that bring me happiness and joy; not the things that take away from it. 

Sometimes it’s easier said than done, but I truly believe life is too short to spend it with either people who don’t care about you like they say they do, or spend it on things that won’t fulfill you in some type of way. 

One thing that can help you prioritize what brings you joy in your life, is to focus on one thing a day that brings you happiness. Even if it’s only for a short amount of time. It could be something as simple as cooking your favorite meal, taking a bath, or meeting a friend for dinner.

Our happiness is too important to sacrifice. We might not always be happy with our circumstances, but we can always find contentment and practice mindfulness by being grateful for what we have and what brings us joy. 

Meet Yourself Where You’re At

You don’t have to set high expectations for yourself when it comes to mindfulness. A lot of it is accepting and meeting yourself exactly where you’re at, rather than focusing on where you want to be or how far you have to go. 

Change always starts with one small thing at a time. If we drastically want to improve or change something that we aren’t happy with, try to start with a small change rather than something drastic. 



When I first started running again after a year-long injury, I knew it was important that I started running in intervals to avoid a repeated injury. Rather than running as far and as long as I could, I eased into it. I did interval training for a few months until I felt strong enough to run far distances. 

It’s important for us to reflect on where we are vs. where we want to be. I wanted to be a long-distance runner again, but knew I couldn’t quite handle it yet. So I met myself where I was at, and compromised with doing a little at a time until I was able to build that strength back up.

Sometimes we don’t even realize the impact of the small changes until over time we see they were actually big changes. Meet yourself exactly where you’re at, and know that investing your time is worth it, no matter how long it takes.

How to practice mindfulness in your life

Enjoy Every Moment

When we do something with intention and learn to enjoy each moment, we become present in practicing mindfulness.

I saw a significant change in my life when I realized how much influence we have over our mindset. It’s not to say that everything will always be “perfect”, or our circumstances will always turn out how we envisioned them. But when we learn how to always enjoy the moment we’re in, we’ll be able to find peace no matter what’s taking place around us. 



If we take a different approach to the situations we’re in and enjoy where we are, it’ll influence and change the way we think and feel. When we do something with intention and know that we have control over the way we feel and whether we’re going to let it affect us or not, we’ll start to appreciate all the little things along the way. 

Being mindful of the present moment can help bring more fulfillment, happiness, and connection to where you are in life. When you commit to approaching everything with intention, you’ll more than likely find you’ll enjoy the journey more, rather than always waiting or wishing for different circumstances. Our true happiness is found within, regardless of what’s taking place around us. 

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