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Ways to shift from Mind FULL to Mindful

Updated: Apr 26, 2023

This post is a companion to “Mind Full - or Mindful? What's the difference?" where I present an overview of what mindfulness is and discuss some of the incredible benefits practicing mindfulness has in a person’s life.

Let’s recap a brief description of the term “mindfulness”:

Mindfulness is the practice of being present and fully engaged in the current moment, with a non-judgmental and accepting attitude. It involves focusing your attention on your thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations without being distracted by external stimuli or your own internal thoughts. It involves becoming more aware of your thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations in the moment, without getting lost in them or reacting to them automatically. By observing your thoughts and emotions with non-judgmental awareness, you develop a more balanced perspective and avoid getting caught up in negative thought patterns.

Practicing mindfulness has been shown to have a number of benefits, including:

  • Reducing stress and anxiety

  • Improving mental clarity, focus and concentration:

  • Increasing self-awareness

  • Enhancing emotional regulation

  • Improving relationships

  • Enhancing overall well-being

There are many ways to practice mindfulness, following are 10 options you can try out and explore in order to find out which approach or approaches fits best for you:

  1. Mindful breathing: Focus your attention on your breath, observe it without trying to control it, and bring your attention back to your breath when your mind wanders.

  2. Body scan: Take a few minutes to focus on each part of your body, starting from your toes to the top of your head, noticing any sensations or feelings in each area.

  3. Mindful walking: Take a walk outside and focus on the sensation of your feet touching the ground, the movements of your legs, and the sights and sounds around you.

  4. Mindful eating: Pay attention to the taste, smell, and texture of your food, and eat slowly and without distractions.

  5. Mindful meditation: Set aside some time to sit quietly and focus on your breath or a specific object, allowing your thoughts to come and go without getting caught up in them.

  6. Mindful yoga: Practice yoga poses while focusing on your breath and the sensations in your body.

  7. Mindful journaling: Write down your thoughts and feelings in a journal, focusing on the present moment and without judgment.

  8. Mindful listening: Practice active listening, giving your full attention to the person speaking without interrupting or thinking about your response.

  9. Mindful self-compassion: Practice being kind and compassionate to yourself, treating yourself with the same kindness and care that you would offer to a close friend.

  10. Mindful gratitude: Take a few minutes each day to reflect on things that you are grateful for, focusing on the present moment and the positive aspects of your life.

Overall, practicing mindfulness helps you cultivate a more positive and fulfilling life by helping you become more present, self-aware, and in control of your thoughts and emotions. It is a powerful tool for enhancing your mental and emotional well-being, and helps you develop greater self-awareness and resilience in the face of life's challenges.

I encourage you to work with me as your life and wellness coach. Together we can explore ways to integrate the practice of mindfulness into your everyday life, thus improving your overall well-being and creating positive changes throughout your life.

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