6 Ways to Stay Mindful

By Pari Aryafar


Mindfulness is an important habit to have. It allows you to take a step back from everything going on around you and process what you’re feeling and thinking. It lets you both FEEL your feelings and UNDERSTAND the thoughts behind them, which can be difficult to do when you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or anxious. While it’s a habit that constantly needs practice, we’ve compiled a few tips for you that can help you get started. Just like our previous blog on Kaizen, it’s something you can work on and improve little by little every day

  1. Give yourself some quiet meditation time every day, even if it’s just 5 minutes

    You can meditate with or without an app. Headspace is currently offering “Weathering the Storm” sessions for free, and they have many free meditations available on their app.


  1. Journal for 10-15 minutes

    Write out how you’re feeling, what you’re thinking, what you’re afraid of, and what you’re looking forward to. It’s helpful to get all your thoughts out on paper instead of carrying them around in your head.


  1. Go for a walk (safely!) 

    While practicing social distancing, washing your hands, avoiding crowded areas, and keeping your face covered, it can be helpful to go outside for a walk around the block or in the woods. Fresh air and a change of scenery is always helpful.

  1. Take deep breaths

    Sounds easy and like you do it all the time, right? Probably not. When you feel yourself becoming anxious, worried, or overwhelmed, take a second to take in a deep breath - in through your nose, out through your mouth. Let the breath fill your lungs and diaphragm fully, and then exhale out. Do that for a minute or two as your heart rate slows back down.


  1. Feel your feet under you

    This technique is called grounding yourself, where you literally think about feeling the floor under your feet. Think about the bottom of your foot on the floor, your toes on the surface, your heels on the ground. You can also do this sitting in a chair or with your hands on top of a desk or counter.


  1. Pause and take a drink of water

    While water is the elixir of life, it’s helpful to take a second to stop and have a sip. Give your brain a few seconds between action and reaction, so you can pause and process your feelings. Sometimes when something stressful happens, we react right then and there - which isn’t always the wrong thing but might not be helpful. Take a drink of water and let your brain catch up.

Don’t worry if you’re not able to stop your mind from wandering or feeling engulfed by emotions. It’s all a part of the process and it’s totally normal to have this happen. Just taking the time to pause makes all the difference. It’s a helpful way to lower your stress levels, lessen your anxiety, and simply help you feel better.

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