In and amongst the hustle and bustle of everyday life, our wellbeing (and our office lunch) can sometimes be forgotten.
We’re so busy rushing from A to B we very rarely take the time to recuperate and recollect ourselves. If we do manage to carve out a minute or two for mindfulness, we generally feel a bit guilty and have an overwhelming feeling that we should be wearing Lululemon gym gear and drinking smoothies by the gallon.
But mindfulness doesn’t need to involve donning a pair of yoga leggings, sipping a matcha latte, and wearing a flower in your hair. So vital to our happiness and our productivity, mindfulness can be done on your commute, at your desk, or during your lunch break. In fact, the beauty of these five minute mindfulness exercises is that they can be done anywhere at any time!
Here are 5 Minute Mindfulness Exercises To Start Your Day Right:
Mindful breathing is the bread and butter of mindfulness. The premise is simple: sit still and focus on your breath.
Although you’ve been breathing your whole life (well, we hope so anyway) mindful breathing is all about really focusing on each breath you take. That means no quick scroll down Instagram, no cheeky espresso, and no browsing Mustard’s latest collections (it’ll be hard, we know).
Start by breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth very slowwwwly (about 6 seconds each breath cycle). Let go of your thoughts, forget about pending projects and half-finished plans and just breathe.
After one minute of mindful breathing, we promise that you’re going to be feeling totally zen. And after five minutes of mindful breathing it’ll be like you never spilt your morning coffee on your laptop.
It’s The Little Things
It’s not often that you get to sit back and really appreciate what’s going on around you. From dashing between meetings to prepping presentations, there’s rarely any time to take in all the little things that could really brighten your day.
Mindful observation is perfect if you’re jammy enough to be sat next to an office window, since it involves focusing your energy on a natural element of your environment. Think trees, flowers, and birds, and not caffeine, ink cartridges, and paperclips.
If, like the majority of us, “natural” isn’t something that registers in your day to day working life and you’re a bit hard pushed to make out a tree amongst the city smog, simply settle for a cloud. They’re not half bad, you know.
For mindful observation just relax into watching your natural object for as long as your concentration allows. After a few chilled out minutes you’ll feel lighter, happier, and more at peace than the time Netflix announced they were adding the entirety of Friends to their backlog.