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by Sara Brigz

One of the reasons I think decluttering rocks is because it helps you work through all your emotional baggage and start living more intentionally. Basically, I think the whole point of clearing clutter is learning how to care less about acquiring stuff – and become more aware of the people and experiences in your present moment.

And that’s basically the definition of mindfulness, my friend!

I’m a semi-regular meditator, but I haven’t always been. I actually spent years being intimidated by it (and even a little skeptical about it!). I wrote it off as some sort of spiritual woo-woo practice – that is, until I discovered that mindfulness is so much more than just meditations. Especially meditations that take themselves too seriously.

And in these difficult times, mindfulness is more important than ever.

Now, if you’re anything like me, sitting down for a 30-minute meditation can feel daunting. So I’ve assembled nine straightforward mindfulness activities to try. Each one takes between ten seconds and five minutes, and most don’t require any equipment or tools.

Give ‘em a try, and let me know which is your fave in the comments!

Oh, and I also have a *free* workbook called Clear Mental Clutter, which is designed to help you work through your mindset hang-ups! You can find it in my Free Resource Library. Grab your copy here:

 

1. SNACK AWAY


Grab your favourite “guilty pleasure” snack and eat it, completely without guilt. What’s the catch? You can’t do anything else while you eat it. No scrolling through Instagram, no binge-watching TV. Your only job is to focus on how awesome it tastes

As you eat it, try naming one thing for each of your five senses:

  • How does it look?
  • Does it smell yummy?
  • What’s the texture like?
  • What can you taste?
  • How does it sound when you chew it?

Taking a pleasurable activity that we often power through (I’m not the only one who mindlessly eats, right?!) and focusing all our attention on it is one of the best little intentional activities we can do.

2. BOOGIE DOWN


Pop your headphones in – or hook up your stereo – and blast your favourite upbeat song. Let loose, and dance your hiney around the room like a maniac. Don’t check your phone, don’t think of anything. Just focus on that sweet, sweet music. Also you get 10 extra bonus points if your music of choice is super trashy 90s pop. 😉

3. COUNT TO TEN

One of my favourite YouTubers, Anthony Ongaro (of Break the Twitch), has a beautifully simple method for living a little more mindfully. He suggests waiting ten seconds between deciding to do something, and actually doing it… or choosing not to.

As he explains in this video, “There’s no shame in this process. It doesn’t matter if you do – or don’t do – that thing [after waiting the ten seconds]. This is simply a practice for slowing down a little bit, and being more present in each of the small decisions we’re making day to day.” I’ve used this strategy to help replace some impulsive actions with a little more intentionality… even though, let’s be honest, I still do impulsive shit sometimes! Oh and P.S., Anthony was also featured in this blog post about how to live simply and intentionally during a crisis.

4. SWEAR YOUR ASS OFF

At least one study has shown that swearing increases our pain tolerance. So what better way to get through a mindfulness exercise (which may or may not feel like torture to you!) than to swear through it? I’ve created a potty-mouthed meditation called Calm as Fuck, to help you find a little mindfulness with a whooooole lotta swearing. I dare you to get through it and not feel just a little bit better! 😉

5. CREATE REMINDERS

It’s easy to get lost in to hustle and bustle of the day, and for our brains to be constantly whirring around while thinking about the past and the future. So try setting up a series of reminders to be mindful.
 
It helps to place them where you spend a lot of time, or where you frequently check – like your phone lock screen your desktop background, the bathroom mirror, on a shelf in the fridge… and change the notes around frequently, because your brain will experience sensory adaptation. (Basically that’s just a fancy way of saying that after time, you’ll get used to having the notes there and you’ll stop noticing them. So by changing the colour and/or position of the note every week, you’ll make the reminders more effective.)

Dishes are in a sink, ready to be washed mindfully.

6. FIND ONE GOOD THING

Choose a task you’ve been putting off, and commit to spending five minutes on it. (If you end up wanting to continue, that’s cool – but there’s no expectation to do more than the five minutes.) Find and pay attention to one pleasant part of the experience.
 
Let’s say your dishes are piling up, so you spend five minutes doing a few of them. You can’t stand doing dishes, but the water temperature feels kinda nice. Focus on the sensations of the warm soapy water for those five minutes. Or if you’ve been putting off writing an email, start writing it for five minutes. Even if the experience of writing it is unpleasant, focus on something that isn’t so bad – maybe you’re sitting in a comfortable chair, or the sun is shining into the room. Even though the task might kind of suck, keep your attention on the positive aspect of the task while you work on it.

7. TAKE FIVE DEEP BREATHS

Sometimes a few deep breaths can be the difference between reacting to something impulsively and responding to it thoughtfully. It can also totally transform the trajectory of a shitty day, and help you refocus if you’re experiencing decision fatigue. So go ahead and sit up (or stand up) tall, and take the deepest breaths you’ve taken all day. Focus on the feeling of filling up your lungs, emptying them out, and – my personal favourite – that moment where the direction of airflow changes.

8. MAKE MINDFULNESS A HANDY SKILL

When I first started meditating, I struggled to focus on my breath. I’m not sure why, but it just didn’t resonate with me right away. But another mindful tactic did – and that was placing my attention on my hands. Try setting a timer for two minutes. Rub your hands together repeatedly for 5-10 seconds, and then put them face up on your lap (or by your side, if you’re standing). From there, focus on all the tingly feelings in your palms for the rest of the two minutes. Having something physical to focus on – besides your breath – might just be your ticket into mindfulness.

9. GET SOME PERSPECTIVE

This is going to sounds morbid, but this next tip has been such a game changer for me. When you’re talking to someone, try asking yourself: “What if this were the last time I saw this person?” Focus on staying mindful when you’re talking to them. Really listen to them, without distractions. Say the things that need to be said.
 
I lost a friend very suddenly at 19, and in my last conversation with her I was noodling around on my phone. Had I known, I would have definitely been more present – so that’s how I try to show up now. I’m not perfect, of course, and I don’t expect you to be either. But asking yourself this question only takes a few seconds, and it can definitely help you stay focused on what really matters.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Living mindfully isn’t a one-size-fits-all venture. The common, serious-style meditation ain’t for everyone, and that’s okay! There are other mindfulness strategies that virtually anyone can implement in order to find a bit of calm, or live in the moment just a little more often.

From dancing around like a fool to focusing on the one positive aspect of a shitty task, I hope that these five-minute (or less) hacks will help you de-stress your day in no time. And you can use all that newfound mindfulness to kick ass in all your decluttering goals!

What’s your favourite way to include mindfulness in your day? Let me know below!

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