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How to be mindful when life gets busy

Do you want to practice mindfulness but don't have time in your busy schedule to sit down and meditate?

In this article you'll find simple ways to incorporate mindfulness into your day without it taking up too much extra time. Check out these quick and easy suggestions from the Psychology, Counselling and Wellbeing team, and pick your favorite.

Deep Breathing

The simple act of taking some deep breaths will make you stop, observe what's around you and how you're feeling and thinking. It could be he sky, some trees, the sun, the wind.

Focus on the present

Are you continually fretting over the past? Or are you worried about the future? Whenever you feel anxiety taking over, focus on the present. Observe what's going on around you. Nothing more, nothing less.


Journaling is great for writing down everything that's currently bothering you. Write all your existing thoughts and worries from your brain onto paper. You will be amazed at how it can free your mind. You'll feel like a weight has come off and find space to be mindful.

Tidy up

If your home and workspace are cluttered, your brain will feel the same. Cleaning can be very meditative. By concentrating on these jobs, you can quieten your mind and find peace.

Slow down and take it in

It's incredible how mindful you can become by just slowing down. When you eat your lunch, for example, do so slowly and mindfully. How does your food smell and taste? Chew slowly and enjoy every moment of eating.

Do less

You should dedicate time and space to yourself daily. Don't feel guilty for putting yourself first. Self-care is beneficial for everyone, whether its sitting in the garden, going for a walk or getting a massage, take the time out for yourself each day.

Mornings and evenings are both excellent times to practice mindfulness. A few minutes of calm can give you energy for the day ahead, and some deep breaths before bed can help you sleep more soundly without worrying about the next day. Remember to be kind to yourself, and don’t stress if you're finding it hard to focus or sit still.

Putting some space and energy into your mental health is practicing self-care and is not selfish. Consider today how you can carve out time to simply observe and exist right where you are, without judgment.

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