You can define stillness as the absence of movement or sound, and even further, the moments when you’re able to be calm and bring total awareness to the fore.
The thing is, life can sometimes be a rollercoaster – busy schedules, stress from work, and even the need to stay connected to the virtual world can prevent us from being aware of those much-needed ‘still’ moments. So it can be hard to be fully mindful of the times when we could use a little calm in an often chaotic world.
Well, if you can’t remember or if you’re simply craving a little peace of mind in your life right now, I’m sharing some ways you can infuse stillness and mindfulness into your daily life starting immediately.
These are the kind of healthy habits that not only calm and quiet the physical body but the mind too, which is just as important, if not more.
Here are 18 ways you can use each and every day to help you be calm and still, relaxed, at peace, and in a mindful state.
1. Take your time
Perhaps much easier said than done but, with a little practice and patience, getting into the habit of taking your time, or rather making everything you do that much more intentional and mindful, is the first step in mastering stillness.
2. Prioritise your day
Take some time first thing in the morning to make a quick checklist of your intentions and priorities for the day – you’ll be that much more likely to check them off your list!
3. Allow yourself to think and reflect in silence
With all the chatter and noise that happens around us, it’s important to find some quiet time each day to allow yourself to think without any outside distractions.
4. Mind your environmental distractions
Maybe it’s turning off the TV or silencing phone notifications, eliminating any distractions that can interrupt your ability to be present is a great way to surrender to stillness.
5. Put your phone away for a few hours
Smartphones just may be the number 1 source of distraction when it comes to mindfulness and stillness, so physically removing it from your environment can help to keep your mind and body focused on the present.
There’s something about physically writing your thoughts down in a journal that allows you to be fully present and aware of how your thoughts and ideas will materialise, so you could say you really have no choice but to practice stillness during this time of reflection.
7. Practice mindful movement
Things like yoga, breathing exercises (pranayama), and the Chinese martial arts of Tai Chi and Qi Gong all welcome the kind of mindful movements that allow you to be fully aware and aligned with the mind-body connection.
Meditation is an ancient practice that has numerous benefits to overall wellbeing, and even if you haven’t yet learnt how to meditate deeply, you can always start by listening to a “guided meditation” which is a great place to begin if you need a little help learning how to quiet the mind and allow yourself just to be.
9. Take a mindful bath or shower
Surrendering to what all of your senses experience while cleansing your body is an incredible way to practice stillness, manage stress, and prevent future overwhelm. Adding essential oils to your bath water can help you relax whilst absorbing their healing energy.
10. Take regular stretch breaks
Stretching works wonders in releasing tension from the body and provides instant relief to keep you calm and centered. Just a few minutes exercise break every couple of hours can help you keep still, relaxed, and focused.
11. Talk to a friend or loved one
Simply hearing the sound of someone’s voice who you deeply care about helps to increase the level of oxytocin in the body, providing longer-lasting feelings of love and trust in your relationships.
12. Perform a random act of kindness
Taking a moment to be kind is one of the most mindful things you can do. This simple task will not only lift someone else’s spirits but can almost guarantee you’ll feel really good too.
13. Listen to music
Instead of listening to the thousands of thoughts that cross our minds all day, listening to music is a great stillness practice to nourish the spirit and keep your vibrational frequency elevated. Try listening to calm and peaceful music, avoiding the dissonant. Music from the Baroque and Renaissance periods is ideal, whilst the music of Mozart can be both calming and uplifting.
14. Engage in physical activities that replenish you
Ever heard of “runner’s high”? Well, when you engage in physical activity you release feel-good endorphins in the body, which is a great way to release any pain or tension that’s preventing your body from being still and calm.
15. Formulate rituals
Whether it’s a morning workout or yoga session, taking a soothing cup of tea, or something calming you enjoy doing just before bedtime, sticking to your rituals is a great way to practise being intentional and mindful.
16. Question yourself
If you’re feeling a little off or unsettled, it’s important to ask yourself what’s not working. This will help you uncover any changes that may be necessary to restore harmony and balance. Introduce these changes little by little – you will be surprised how small benefits accumulate.
17. Take a deep breath
Or take a few, as breathing deeply sends lots of oxygen to the brain, providing you with the clarity and focus you need to see things much more clearly. Want these effects to become greater and more regular – learn and adopt the ancient practice of pranayama, breath control. You will be amazed at the results.
18. Sleep well
When we sleep we are showing the most amount of kindness to our bodies, as we can reset, repair, and reinvigorate ourselves from the inside out.
So as you can see, stillness and mindfulness are something that you can insert right into your daily routine. And with enough patience and practice, you will soon find yourself living life with much greater passion and intention.