15 Ways to Be Mindful During Daily Activities

15 Ways to Be Mindful During Daily Activities

15 Ways to Be Mindful During Daily Activities

1. Waking up/during your morning routine

You can be mindful while brushing your teeth, getting dressed, or any other part of your morning routine.

Incorporating mindfulness into a proven productivity hack like making your bed for double the benefits!

Pay attention to each part of your morning activity.
If it’s brushing your teeth, notice the texture of your toothbrush, the way the

water sounds coming out of the faucet, the sensation of the toothpaste bubbles in your mouth, etc.

2. Showering

Hydrotherapy is a powerful stress-reduction tool.

Water has a way of cleansing and healing not only the body, but also the mind.

While taking a shower, pay attention to the temperature of the water, the sound itmakes, how it feels cascading over your body.

I like to do a little meditation – if you’d like, you can incorporate this as well. As you focus on your breathing, simply imagine all your worries rinsing off of youand going down the drain with the water.

Taking a bath is another great way to incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine. Drop a bath bomb in for added skin and stress reduction benefits … just make sure it’s not one of the commercial ones that have any number of thousands of toxic ingredients.

3. Exercising/Doing yoga

This might be one of the best places to start because we are naturally more in the moment during exercise.

It’s kind of hard to focus on other things when you’re exerting yourself physically.I personally love yoga because it allows me to focus on my body and my breath.

It’s the perfect opportunity to incorporate mindfulness!

Do a body scan, focus on each area of your body and notice how they feel. See which areas need extra attention – be present and listen to your body.

4. Eating/Drinking

Mindful eating has helped me to stay healthy and not overeat.

You might be surprised how much fuller and more satisfied you feel when you slow down and pay attention to what you are eating.

Really enjoy the food – notice the smell, the texture, the taste. Take your time chewing, really let it be an experience.

If you make coffee or tea, that ritual is another wonderful opportunity to incorporate mindfulness into your everyday life.

5. Waiting in line/in traffic

Do you get frustrated when you have to wait in line or when you’re stopped in traffic?

Instead of wallowing in the aggravation, take a step back and remember to bemindful.

Observe without judgment.

It always helps me to calm down in stressful situations. That simple moment of mindfulness is grounding and helps me keep to things in perspective

6. Doing breathing exercises

Breathing exercises help so much when it comes to stress and anxiety.

Deep, controlled breathing sends a signal to your parasympathetic nervous system and basically tells your body to calm down.

Your heart rate slows, your blood pressure lowers, your anxiety lessens.

Why not let your mind calm down too during this time? Just let everything go and focus on your breath.

7. Spending time with animals

For a shining example of mindfulness, look no further than your furry friend.

Animals naturally live in the moment. They do not dwell on the past or worryabout the future – not the way we do.

They truly live in the present and we can learn a lot from them about being present. So, try incorporating mindfulness into the time you spend with your pet.

When you are feeding them, brushing them, petting them, playing with them – be mindful.

8. Gardening

Another activity that goes hand in hand with mindfulness is gardening.

Most gardeners probably already practice mindfulness whether they realize it or not!

The mental health benefits of gardening are well-established. If you experience anxiety or you feel stressed out/overwhelmed with life, give gardening a try.

Not only is it a great way to incorporate mindfulness into your everyday life, but it also helps counteract the negative health effects of the modern world.

(No garden? No problem! Be mindful while you water/trim your houseplants).

9. Be mindful while cooking

I love to cook and it’s something I do every single day.

Cooking is a wonderful opportunity to infuse a little mindfulness into your day.

Be mindful when washing, cutting, and mixing your ingredients. Pay attention to the aroma of the food and the changes happening while it’s cooking.

Cooking mindfully helps you to appreciate food more and can actually improve your digestion.

10. Cleaning/washing dishes/doing laundry


Cleaning is something that must be done regularly, so it’s great for everyday mindfulness.

Physical and mental clutter can spike anxiety and contribute to overwhelm, so keeping a clean and organized environment is important.

Whenever you are cleaning/organizing your environment, you can be also clearing your mind by practicing mindfulness.

*Also, try doing a brain dump. Here’s the article on how to do a brain dump + some free worksheets to help you.

Try being mindful while sweeping, vacuuming, washing the dishes, folding laundry, taking out the trash, or any other routine cleaning tasks.

11. Mindfully listen while having a conversation

Active listening is somewhat of a lost art.

Attention spans are decreasing, distractions are multiplying, and face to face communication is almost extinct.

The next time you’re having a conversation with someone, pay attention to what they are saying, they way they are saying it, their body language.

Be fully present. Don’t check your phone or look around or daydream or think about what you’re going to say next.

By mindfully listening, you’ll not only reap all the benefits of mindfulness we discussed earlier, you’ll also become a better communicator and a better friend.

12. Listening to music

Music is a great tool for mindfulness.

Instead of listening to music while you’re doing something else, try sitting stillbeing mindful.

Listen to the music, let it fill you up. You’ll probably even notice parts of the song you haven’t heard before.

I love listening to classical music (Vivaldi), especially with my eyes closed and with headphones.

I think part of the reason it works so well is that it’s instrumental, no words.

Thathelps to stay present and not get caught up thinking about extraneous stuff.

13. Be Mindful while walking outside

Do you go for walks outside?

If so, that’s a great opportunity to incorporate mindfulness into your everyday life.

If not, maybe you should start!

There are so many health benefits to spending some time in nature, especially if you are stressed out or you have anxiety. It’s something I do almost every day because it helps me so much.

As you walk, pay attention to your breath. Look at your surroundings. Listen.Notice the way your body moves.

Being mindful in this way helps you to feel gratitude for things like your legs and lungs, the sky, your freedom, trees, fresh air, etc.

14. Creating

Unleash your creativity, free your mind.

Have you ever become so immersed in an activity that you lost track of time? You were so “in the zone” that when you finally came out of it, you couldn’t believehow much time had passed?

That’s called a state of flow.

If you can tap into this flow state, you will be naturally practicing mindfulness.

Unconcerned about the past or the future, your attention will be completely focused on the present.

And the more you incorporate mindfulness into your everyday routine, the easier it will be for you to achieve a flow state – which has been proven to enhance performance, confidence, creativity, and learning

15. Getting ready for bed/nighttime routine

Just as mindfulness can be incorporated into your morning routine, so can it be a part of your nighttime routine.

While you are showering, brushing your teeth, writing in your gratitude journal, whatever it is you to before you go to sleep – be mindful.

A recent study suggests that even a small amount of mindful meditation (10 minutes before and after work) improves sleep quality and duration.

To boost the sleep-related benefits of mindfulness, take at least a half an hour before bed to unplug and do a mini digital detox.

Put your phone away, turn off your computer, and let your mind unwind.

Also, you may want to consider incorporating a self care Sunday routine into your week to keep your stress levels down.

Do It! Make Mindfulness a Part of Your Everyday Life

I challenge you to choose something from this list and incorporate mindfulness into your day by being mindful during that time/activity.

It doesn’t have to be for long, or even that often but consistency is key. Start with one thing. Do it 5 minutes a day.

Continue to practice mindfulness regularly, give it some time to really be effective.

You’ll naturally want to increase the time you spend being mindful as you begin to reap the rewards of greater peace of mind.