01 Get up earlier
Rising just 20 minutes ahead of the rest of your household gives you a peaceful, grounding start to the day. This is all the time needed for a combination of activities that can give you a sense of inner space. Try journalling, meditation (which can be as simple as looking out of the window) and/or stretching.
02 Make the everyday mindful
Cooking, folding laundry or list-making – these are part of our every day, so they’re perfect for triggering private moments. Rather than ‘finding’ time to pause, simply see these chores as accompaniments to listening to a podcast or audiobook, singing or simply focusing on the rhythm of what you’re doing.
03 Find space in travel
Whether it’s school runs or work commutes, regular, required movement from A to B – whether driving, cycling, walking or taking a train or bus – can be reframed from ‘daily grind’ to ‘daily unwind’. This simple shift in mindset alone is enough to feel the benefit, but resolving never to work or catch up on texts during these times only ups the wellbeing feeling. Instead, knit, read or listen to music – just for the pure enjoyment of it.
04 Observe your breath
In these modern times, we rush here and there in a state of ‘doing’ rather than ‘being’. As we do, our breath becomes shallow, adding to a sense of physical and mental stress. Simply breathing deep into the belly, while counting the length of your inhale and exhale, quiets the mind, cools the nervous system and can even slow brain ageing. Use times like sitting in the car at stop lights, or even going to the toilet (!), to breathe slowly, deeply and consciously.