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Practicing mindfulness in daily entrepreneurial life does not have to be hard. In fact, it can be quite simple if you make a commitment to being more aware each day.
Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the present moment with an open, non-judgmental attitude. It is about being aware of your thoughts, feelings and sensations without getting caught up in them.
Why am I talking about mindfulness to an entrepreneur? Because being an entrepreneur is stressful. You have to deal with the stress of running a business, making decisions and sometimes not knowing what the future holds. Mindfulness can help you deal with stress by teaching you how to be more present in the moment.
Research has shown that mindfulness can help reduce stress, anxiety and depression. It can also help improve your sleep, concentration and overall well-being. The research also indicates that mindfulness can help to increase your empathy and compassion towards yourself and others.
Keeping your stress at bay is a significant asset for an entrepreneur. Finding ways to reduce your stress will help you be more productive, creative and successful in your business. That’s why I am bringing mindfulness to you today so you can take a minute here and there from your busy schedule to cope with ongoing stress consistently.
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Mindful breathing is a simple but powerful mindfulness practice. Focusing on your breath can help to calm and focus your mind. It can be helpful to practice mindful breathing throughout the day, especially when you’re feeling stressed:
Pay full attention to your senses. Whenever you can, take time to really notice what you see, hear, smell, taste and feel. This can be done while eating, walking or simply going about your day. You can also consciously direct your attention to a certain part of your body. For example, you can focus on your hands or feet for a few minutes.
There are numerous opportunities in our everyday life for practicing mindfulness. Incorporate mindfulness by becoming more aware of your daily activities:
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Whenever you can, bring your attention to the present moment. This means being aware of what is happening around you and within you without getting lost in your thoughts or devices around you. Try the following ways to practice mindfulness in the present moment:
Above, we explored ways to practice mindfulness with things you already do in your everyday life. Now let’s look at ways to enhance your mindfulness skills to another level. The following exercises would require you to be in certain positions or postures to practice mindfulness:
There are many different ways to practice mindfulness. The important thing is to find a way that works for you. Experiment with different exercises and activities to find what works best for you. Remember, the goal is to be present and aware of the moment, without judgment.
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