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Mindful Living Tips: 20 Tips for More Living Mindfully

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It helps to know what living mindfully means if you want to live mindfully. In essence, mindfulness is a way of being aware of your thoughts and feelings while living in the present moment. This means that instead of worrying about the past or future, you focus on what’s happening right now. There are many ways to practice mindfulness; some people choose meditation, while others prefer yoga, Tai Chi, or walking without distractions. The goal is to focus more on what’s happening now rather than dwell on past events or stress about future ones!

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    Cultivate mindfulness.

    Mindfulness is a skill that can be learned, just like any other. Mindfulness is not about thinking more but thinking less. It’s about training yourself to notice what’s happening here and now rather than getting caught up in stories or worries about the future. It works by cultivating attention and awareness of experiences without judgment or reacting automatically to them.

    Mindfulness meditation involves focusing on your breath, sensations in your body, or an image—such as a candle flame—and bringing gentle attention back when your mind wanders away. You may want to start with 5 minutes per day before work or while waiting at traffic lights on your commute home; then build up to 10 minutes for each sitting session over time if that feels right!

    Mindfulness has improved your ability to focus and manage stress, helps you sleep better, and even boosts your immune system. It’s also a great way to become more aware of what matters most in life—which can make it easier to make good decisions about the things that affect you.

    What does living mindfully mean?

    Living mindfully means being aware of your thoughts, feelings, and actions; it is about being present at the moment. Living mindfully means having a healthy balance between work and play and living in harmony with nature.

    When you are practicing mindfulness, you can use simple techniques like:

    Observing your breath – focusing on the air when it enters through your nose and goes down into your belly; feeling how it expands, then contracts; and then releases it slowly through your mouth again

    Mindful tasting – taking small bites of food rather than filling up on large portions; savoring each mouthful before swallowing so that you know what tastes good.

    (If any part of this list feels too much for you at this stage, feel free to come back later.)

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    Establish a mindful routine for your day.

    Establish a mindful routine for your day. Start by establishing a daily mindfulness practice, such as meditation or yoga. Make sure to do this every day, even for only 5 minutes! You should also relax before bed and permit yourself to be kind to yourself and love yourself more than ever.

    Follow a mindful diet and include mindful eating in your daily routine. Eating mindfully is an essential part of living mindfully because it helps us better care for our bodies, affecting how we feel throughout the day (and probably live longer, too!). Try meditating while eating lunch or dinner, then slowly savoring each bite as if it were your last meal on Earth (let’s face it—it could be).

    Live in the present moment by practicing gratitude during daily tasks such as showering or brushing your teeth; find something new, so there isn’t any monotony! Not only does this help us see things differently and allows us time off from being constantly distracted…

    What are some mindfulness tips?

    Acknowledge that whatever you are experiencing, be it a thought, feeling or sensation is temporary. Consciously acknowledge how you feel at this moment in time. If you are tempted to focus on the future or meditate on the past, believe that thought and bring your attention back to what is happening.

    • Be aware of your surroundings.

    • Be aware of your thoughts and feelings

    • Focus on one thing at a time

    • Be present at the moment

    What are three ways that you can practice mindfulness in your everyday life?

    While mindfulness can seem challenging to practice, it’s one of the most accessible and rewarding ways of living. We’ll help you get started with these simple tips:

    • Stop and breathe deeply. Please take a moment to stop what you’re doing, take several deep breaths, and focus on your breath as it enters your lungs and leaves again. For example, if you’re in traffic on the way to work, this is an easy time to practice mindfulness!

    • Listen to your body—it will tell you what it needs if you listen carefully enough! If we’re feeling tired or hungry or thirsty, that’s our body telling us that we need rest or nourishment; if we feel restless or agitated for no reason at all (something I’ve found myself doing lately), then maybe it’s because our mind needs something else—a change from routine tasks might be just what I need.

    • Be present at the moment—whether reading a book or walking through an old park downtown; taking time for yourself helps keep stress levels down while boosting happiness!

    Be kind to yourself, and love yourself more.

    Being kind and loving yourself more is the first step to living mindfully. It can be hard to love ourselves sometimes, especially when we’re not feeling great about ourselves or our lives. But being unkind to ourselves only makes us feel worse, making it harder for us to love ourselves. So how do you go about being kinder and lovelier?

    Practice self-care

    Self-care is essential because it allows you time away from your everyday life to recharge and rest. Self-care can be anything from going out on a walk or run, reading a book or watching a movie, meditating, or practicing yoga – anything that brings joy into your life! Sometimes people try too hard with this one and feel guilty if they don’t do enough of it (especially after losing track of time while doing something enjoyable). Suppose this sounds like something that might happen often enough that it would cause problems down the road, then maybe consider switching some activities around until something feels better balanced between work/pleasure without feeling bad about taking breaks when needed instead (which should hopefully happen less frequently!).

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    Follow a mindful diet and include mindful eating.

    Follow a mindful diet and include mindful eating.

    Eat slowly and mindfully.

    Take your time, savor each bite, and enjoy the process of eating. When you eat mindfully, you become more aware of how much food is enough for your body’s needs instead of overeating because your mind is distracted with other things.

    Eat only when you are hungry.

    If you lack energy or feel tired during the day, it may be tempting to grab something quick like a candy bar to give yourself an energy boost, but this often results in a crash later on and cravings for more unhealthy foods in the future. Instead of eating junk food or sugary drinks, try eating some fruit or nuts, which provide long-lasting energy without causing sudden changes in blood sugar levels.

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    Live in the present moment and practice gratitude.

    The present moment is the only place you can be, so why not make the most of it?

    That’s where mindfulness comes in. It’s all about being present and focused on what’s happening.

    So instead of thinking about what happened earlier today or worrying about something that could happen tomorrow, focus on what’s happening right now. And by doing so, you’ll be able to appreciate things around you much more profoundly than usual. This is because when we’re mindful and thinking about what’s happening in real-time (instead of our thoughts), we can see things as they are—without adding negative judgments or preconceived notions.

    Live in a way that causes no harm to animals, the Earth, or other people.

    • Don’t use animals for entertainment.

    • Don’t eat meat or animal products.

    • Don’t buy products made from animals that harm the environment (for example, palm oil).

    Avoid negative influences, and surround yourself with positive results.

    The best way to avoid negative influences is to prevent them simply. If you find yourself in a situation where negative people surround you, then it’s time for an exit strategy. It may also be helpful to remove yourself from the source of the negative influence. For example, if your friend is constantly complaining or criticizing other people or situations, spending time with him can become unhealthy (and not in a good way).

    Remember that this isn’t just about “bad” things like gossip and criticism; it also extends to more subtle ways of poisoning one’s mind, such as trashy TV shows and magazines that make us feel bad about ourselves. We are constantly bombarded with messages through our social media feeds, ads on every street corner, news stories on radio stations, etc., so we must be selective about what we expose ourselves to.

    Create a space of peace and tranquility in your home.

    Creating a space of peace and tranquility in your home is one of the most important things you can do to make a mindful lifestyle. If you want to live mindfully, then your home needs to be a place you can go when you’re feeling stressed or anxious. This can be hard if no place feels like it’s yours—wherever you are, that spot will become your refuge from everything else in the world around us.

    The way we decorate our homes is also an expression of who we are as people. We all have certain things that we like or dislike; some prefer bright colors while others might prefer neutral tones; some people like modern designs while others may appreciate more traditional aesthetics; different cultures have different styles as well—so whatever feels right for YOU should be reflected throughout every room! But don’t forget about comfort too: furniture needs to feel good when sitting on it (whether at home or not), which means being able to move freely without discomfort!

    Cleanse your body and mind regularly.

    Cleansing your body and mind regularly is an essential part of living mindfully. If you’re not eating healthy foods, getting regular exercise, or taking time to meditate, practice gratitude, and be alone—you’re not practicing mindfulness.

    You can also cleanse your spirit by being kind and forgiving. This can be done through simple actions such as giving up your seat on the subway or paying it forward at Starbucks.

    The key is to be mindful of what you’re doing and why. You’re not practicing mindfulness if you only eat vegetables when they’re on your plate. You can also cleanse your spirit by being kind and forgiving.

    Declutter your life and unnecessary commitments.

    Decluttering your life and unnecessary commitments is an essential step in living mindfully. There’s no point cultivating a tranquil mind if you’re constantly surrounded by clutter that pulls you away from the present moment.

    How can you declutter?

    Start with your home.

    Clutter comes in many forms: clothes, papers, old electronics—you name it. An excellent way to start getting rid of clutter is by sorting through things and asking yourself if they’re still helpful or if they need to be thrown out or donated (or both). Cleaning a closet will help clear up space for new things you want and need around the house!

    Try reducing unnecessary commitments as well! This could mean canceling plans with friends who aren’t good for you or limiting how much time you spend scrolling through social media during the day instead of focusing on other meaningful activities like exercising or eating healthy meals at home together as a family unit (because those are good habits too!).

    Meditate daily, even if it’s just for short periods.

    Meditate daily, even if it’s just for short periods.

    When you meditate, you’re taking a step away from the busyness of your day-to-day life and allowing yourself to relax your mind and body. When you focus on your breath or the mantra of “Om,” you will enable yourself to achieve a sense of peace and tranquility that can help to ground you in the present moment.

    In addition to its calming effects, meditation can help with other things too: Focusing on the present moment helps eliminate distractions; staying grounded helps with anxiety; taking deep breaths helps reduce stress; repetition encourages clarity of thought; self-awareness increases confidence; acceptance enhances relationships, and loving-kindness extends beyond oneself!

    Practice deep breathing exercises when you feel stressed or anxious.

    You can alter your breathing to help calm you down or even put yourself into a meditative state. It’s a simple way to practice mindfulness without thinking too hard.

    Practice deep breathing exercises when you feel stressed or anxious.

    Counting breaths is one of the most common ways of practicing deep breathing exercises. You trust each inhales and exhale as one breath cycle (e.g., “inhale… exhale… inhale… exhale…”). You can also calculate how many revolutions per minute to take up another notch by challenging yourself with higher numbers, but this may not be necessary if all you want is peace right now!

    Another type of breathing exercise involves focusing on just one breath at a time instead of counting them altogether; this will help stimulate more oxygen flow into your body while calming those racing thoughts which cause so much anxiety!

    Go for regular walks—or practice yoga—outdoors whenever possible.

    You don’t have to be a yoga enthusiast or an avid runner to reap the benefits of a good walk, and it’s one of the most accessible forms of exercise. Put on some comfortable shoes and get moving—you can go on a long walk yourself (make sure you have plenty of water) or find someone to go with you: they’ll keep you honest and motivated! And suppose you don’t feel like walking outside.

    In that case, there are many other ways to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine: try taking the stairs instead of the elevator once in a while, or park your car further away from where you need to go so that when you get out at your destination, there will be more steps between where your vehicle is parked and where everyone else is congregating.

    If none of these options seem appealing, consider hiring someone who specializes in outdoor fitness training so that they can guide those walks into something even more challenging than simply strolling through nature’s beauty!

    Treat your body well with healthy food choices, regular exercise, enough sleep, etc.

    Eat well, as we’ve covered above, but movement and sleep is equally as important.

    Regular exercise is vital for a healthy mind and body, so ensure you get enough of it. You don’t have to run marathons or even go to the gym every day—be sure that when you exercise, you’re doing it in a way that makes sense for your body, schedule, and goals.

    Get enough sleep each night (at least seven hours). Sleep deprivation can cause stress, linked to anxiety disorders such as PTSD, panic attacks, and depression.

    Learn from the past without living in it or letting it control you (acceptance).

    Acceptance is a vital part of living mindfully. It’s not the same thing as resignation or passivity, however. If you’re accepting of something, it means that you’re open to experiencing it without being defined by it—you’ve set aside your judgments about whether the situation is good or bad, right or wrong.

    Acceptance can be difficult at first, especially if what you’re experiencing is painful. But once you get used to dealing with discomfort in this way (and yes, there will be times when even the most mindful person experiences negative emotions), acceptance becomes second nature and helps keep your mind open in new situations where acceptance might otherwise be hard to come by.

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    Focus on what makes you happy rather than what makes you sad or angry (optimism).

    To live mindfully, it is essential to focus on what makes you happy rather than what makes you sad or angry (optimism). If you dwell on the negative, try changing your focus to something positive. A positive attitude helps make life better for ourselves and others around us. Looking at the world through a positive lens allows us to see how everything connects in a beautiful web of life that we can enjoy instead of focusing on individual pieces that may seem negative at first glance.

    Celebrate everything—large or small (gratitude).

    The practice of gratitude is one of the most powerful ways to shift our mindsets. We open ourselves to new possibilities and opportunities by taking the time to appreciate what we have. When we feel grateful for what is in our lives and acknowledge that gratitude, it permits us to be happy right now. And, after all, isn’t that what life is all about?

    Take a few moments each day to think about what you are grateful for in your life. Be specific with yourself; don’t just say, “I’m grateful for my family,” but rather name something specific about your family that brings you joy (for example: “I am so thankful for my husband who always makes me laugh”). Then celebrate those things! Permit yourself to be joyful!

    Celebrate achievements big or small—it doesn’t matter how big or small something is as long as it means something special at the time. For example: getting an interview may seem like an accomplishment, but celebrating a job offer would probably mean more since it’s not guaranteed until you sign on the dotted line! You get where I’m going with this…

    Live in flow rather than be at the mercy of events (kindness).

    Live in flow rather than be at the mercy of events (kindness).

    If you want to live mindfully, give yourself a break, and don’t get too stressed out. Remember that there is no need to beat yourself up over past mistakes or worry about what might happen in the future. Instead of focusing on things outside your control, focus on being kind to yourself and loving yourself more. Practice gratitude for all of your blessings, even if they seem small compared with others’ lives (e.g., “I have the freedom to choose my diet; many people are starving right now”). Live in the present moment—don’t dwell in regrets from yesterday or worries about tomorrow—and practice compassion towards others who may suffer from pain caused by their unmindful actions or those around them: “When someone cuts me off on the freeway today, I will wish them well without judgment.”

    It is not difficult to live mindfully if you have the desire to do so

    Living mindfully is not difficult if you have the desire to do so. Learning to live mindfully has many benefits; once you become accustomed to doing it, it will be an automatic process. It means being in the present moment with awareness and intention rather than getting lost in your thoughts or overwhelmed by them.

    Living mindfully means being aware of what is happening around you while keeping your thoughts focused on what’s happening right now – not on past experiences or plans that might never happen. Living in the present moment helps us avoid regrets about past decisions or things we wished we had done differently; it also allows us to focus our energy on what can be changed now instead of dwelling on failed attempts at changing something in the past (or worrying about future events).

    I like to describe living mindfully by picturing myself as a camera taking photos throughout my day – just snapping photos without preconceived notions about how they should look when they’re finished processing! When I take pictures with this mindset – whether they turn out good or bad – there’s no regret over missed opportunities because every image represents who I am today: someone who’s always learning from their mistakes but still has hopes for tomorrow!”

    20 tips for living more mindfully

    1. Slow down and just breathe

    2. Enjoy every small thing

    3. Practice gratitude for everything

    4. Don’t be so hard on yourself

    5. Admire the good in yourself

    6. Let negative emotions happen and then allow them to wash away

    7. Love yourself more – with no strings attached

    8. Do things you like to do and often

    9. Take time for yourself

    10. Don’t take the company of those you love for granted

    11. Let go of fear for the future

    12. Release the past

    13. Forgive yourself

    14. Eat things with an intention that is good for you – but don’t beat yourself up on the occasion that you do indulge

    15. Do something physical

    16. Live authentically

    17. Meditate

    18. Focus only on one task at a time

    19. Listen and observe more

    20. Allow yourself just to be and find joy in the present moment


    The fact that you’re reading this article shows that you desire to live mindfully. You can be mindful in any situation, even when you’re going through difficult times, and it is not difficult if you have the desire and willingness to do so.

    This article was published October 2022 and updated by our editors in February 2023.

    Hi, I’m Valerie!

    I'm an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200), offering guidance to high achievers in aligning their lifestyle with well-being through daily wellness and self-care routines, promoting balance and harmony. Join me at Wellness Bum for tips on living well, and consider subscribing to my newsletter or booking a coaching session.