How to Stay Present and Focused Through Mindfulness
Amy Au·January 25, 2023
At enso sensory, we believe in the power of mindfulness. Our brand is dedicated to creating products that help individuals connect with the present moment and improve overall well-being. In this blog post, we'll explore how incorporating mindfulness practices into your daily routine can improve your sensory experiences and enhance your connection with the world around you.
Mindfulness is the practice of being present and fully engaged in the current moment, without judgment. It's about being aware of your thoughts, feelings, and surroundings, and accepting them without trying to change them. One of the key benefits of mindfulness is that it helps improve focus and concentration. When our minds are scattered and distracted, it can be difficult to fully engage with our senses and appreciate the world around us. However, by practicing mindfulness, we can train our minds to stay present and focused, even in the midst of chaos.
Experience Your Five Senses
You don’t need to be sitting down in order to practice mindfulness; instead you can use your five senses to help bring awareness into everything that is happening around you no matter where you are. Notice what colors fill your environment, as well as what smells come up as you move about your day. Listen closely for certain sounds like birds chirping or cars honking as they pass by. Pay attention to how things feel when they touch your skin such as a gentle breeze against your face or how something tastes when it enters your mouth (such as a piece of gum or tea leafs from an herbal tea blend). Doing this helps bring us back into the present moment so we notice more details than usual and become more mindful observers of our own lives rather than participants who rush through them without noticing anything at all!
Practicing gratitude helps remind us that life is full of beauty, even when it feels chaotic and overwhelming. Each morning before getting out of bed, take some deep breaths and think about five things that make you grateful for being alive today. This could be sunshine streaming through the window, a kind word from someone close to you, hot water flowing from the shower head...etc The list could be anything including people, places, moments, experiences - let yourself get creative! This further allows us to appreciate all that we have, and shift our focus away from stressors towards calmer states like joyfulness & contentment!
The simplest way to begin practicing mindfulness is through awareness meditation. This type of meditation involves bringing your attention back to the present moment by focusing on your breath. Each time you catch yourself drifting away in a thought or feeling, bring your attention back to your breath for a few moments before resuming whatever it was you were doing. This technique centres us in the present, rather than letting our minds wander off into uncontrolled thought patterns or worrying about the future.
When we’re feeling overwhelmed or distracted by life’s demands, taking some time for movement can be incredibly beneficial for calming our minds and regaining presence in our bodies. Find an activity that resonates with you, whether it’s walking or running outdoors, yoga or dance classes at home - anything that gets you up off the couch! When participating in these activities, make sure to really tune into how each movement feels within your own body - this brings awareness of ourselves from within, which helps us stay grounded.
Body scanning is another powerful form of mindfulness to become aware of how your body feels when you are in different situations or environments. To practice body scanning, start by lying down in a comfortable position with your eyes closed and take slow, deep breaths as you focus on each part of your body one at a time. Notice any sensations such as tightness or discomfort that may be arising in each area as you move up from toes to head. Paying attention to these sensations will help you recognize when something is off, before it becomes an issue or even before it rises to conscious level awareness.
Breathing exercises are a great way to get centered and focus your attention in the present moment. When we become distracted by our thoughts or emotions, our breathing tends to become shallow and fast. Taking deep breaths has been shown to slow down our heart rate and calm us down. An easy way to do this is to take three deep breaths through your nose while counting slowly from 1 to 3 for each inhale and exhale. Alternatively, you could try alternate nostril breathing (which involves alternating the side of the nostril you breathe in from) for a more advanced practice.
Mindful eating is a great way to stay connected with yourself throughout the day while also helping strengthen self-control around food choices and portions sizes. The key is to pay close attention to every bite—the taste, texture, smell—without any distractions such as TV or phone screens in sight. By eating slowly and mindfully we naturally decrease portion size because it takes longer for our brain receptors to register fullness signals from our stomachs than it does when we eat quickly and mindlessly which can lead to overeating or eating too much sugar or fat-laden foods due to lack of control over portions sizes.
Mindful Music Listening
Music has a way of helping us escape into another realm entirely—but did you know listening mindfully can be just as helpful? All it takes is focusing all of your attention on one song as if it were a meditation practice in itself—noticing all the different instruments used, how they interact with each other, the emotions evoked…and so on—and letting yourself get lost in its beauty for a few minutes uninterruptedly. This not only helps center us but also makes us more aware of how music affects us emotionally and physiologically – both important skills needed for living a mindful life!
Staying present isn't always easy – especially when we're surrounded by an ever increasing amount of distractions from technology, family obligations, work deadlines etc.. But with regular practice, these mindfulness tips can help keep us grounded throughout our daily lives, so we can better appreciate each moment and not get lost in anxious thoughts about tomorrow or regretful ones about yesterday's events. With time and dedication, anyone can learn how to master the art of being mindful!