Between long days at work, a constantly buzzing phone, and all of the other responsibilities in your life, you might be looking for a way to slow down, refocus, and decompress. Many of the students at our Wilmington yoga studio find that combining mindfulness meditation and yoga classes is a great way to de-stress, but there’s much more to mindfulness than simply paying attention to your breath while you’re performing different poses.
In today’s post, we’ll provide you with three easy and effective ways to live mindfully in your everyday life. Whether you’re on the mat in our Wilmington yoga studio, at work, or out for a walk with your significant other, these tips can help you improve your happiness and focus on the things that really matter.
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You might feel more productive if you’re constantly switching between tasks at work, but numerous psychological studies suggest that multitasking will actually hinder your productivity and make it more difficult to produce high-quality work. In fact, it’s been estimated that it takes the brain between 20 and 25 minutes to refocus on a task once a train of thought has been interrupted. Instead of taking a break during a project to check your phone or answer an email, wait until you’ve completed the task at hand. In doing so, you’ll strengthen your ability to concentrate and actually increase your productivity.
Leave Your Phone at Home
While many of us don’t like to admit it, it’s incredibly easy to become addicted to the screen in your pocket. Whether you’re out to dinner with your friends, watching your favorite show at home, or practicing poses on the mat, your phone probably has at least part of your attention. If you’re coming to our Wilmington yoga studio for a class, try leaving your phone at home. You won’t feel pressured to answer missed texts or calls after the yoga class ends, and you might even find that it’s easier to relax and concentrate while the class is in session.
Take a Deep Breath
It doesn’t matter if you’re stressed because of a project at work or because of a conflict in your personal life — taking a deep breath is one of the best ways to refocus your mind and promote relaxation throughout your body. Take a slow, deep breath whenever you begin to feel anxious or overwhelmed, and try to set aside 15 or 20 minutes each day to engage in mindfulness meditation. Even if your mind is distracted and focused on everything but your breath, you’ll eventually find that you’re better able to control your thoughts and emotions.
Keep an eye on our blog page, as we’ll continue to provide you with more tips for mindful living in the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, we invite you to come to our Wilmington yoga studio to learn more about how you can integrate mindfulness training into your life with yoga classes. We look forward to seeing you soon!