Creative ways to practice mindfulness (no yoga or meditation)

July 18, 2017

how to practice mindfulness everyday+ benefits of mindfulness

Once I began using smartphones and social media, life has been going on way faster than I can catch up. It feels like I can't keep up with time and being early on new trends became a priority.

I remember purchasing my first smartphone once I was through with high school- fun times it was but apparently that was also when I started to forget how to be mindful and aware of my present moments.

I grew up playing Pokemon cards and playing outdoors like every other 90's kid back then and during that time I felt really connected and in tune with my thoughts and surrounding. I was present!

I can't discredit the importance of smartphones and social media. It's all about finding a balance within yourself.

What is mindfulness?


My understanding of mindfulness is the ability to be present in all situations while not being overwhelmed by things that you have no control over. Mindfulness requires us not to be overly reactive- especially on negative things of the past.

I learned that mindfulness is not an ability we need to acquire because it's already present in us. We just need to make a conscious decision to practice this everyday in order to strengthen it. Our minds are quick to wander off, thinking about what's yet to happen or what's already in the past and forgetting what's in front of us.

A lot of mindful activities center around yoga and meditation and I understand why. Now I don't do yoga, but I meditate maybe once a couple of days. Meditation clears our thoughts and organizes our thinking process. I find this really beneficial since I am a blogger and creativity is a priority for me however, there are other fun ways I practice mindfulness and being present.

How I practice mindfulness


  • Using photography and imagery- I never liked taking pictures, a selfie here and there but nothing too 'posey'. My sister would always take pictures of me and thanks to her I have some documented moments stored away. The reason why I use photography to practice mindfulness is because we often forget about those little moment of our lives and those are the ones that counts most- especially when you're having a bad day. Taking candid pictures are great for capturing specific moments and emotions that are locked in time. View them to bring yourself back to a good space. I and my sister film little videos of our nephews, creating our most cherished moments to look back on.

  • Speaking to my mind- Another way I practice mindfulness is by talking to myself (not out loud) lol, No one wants to look crazy. What I do is prep myself towards an activity prior to commencing it. It's a way to ensure awareness allowing me put my mind into everything I do. For example, if you are having a conversation with a friend, put your mind and thoughts into it. Remind yourself to listen and be present in that conversation, then respond appropriately with full awareness. I've caught myself wandering off during conversations.

  • Hiking- or something as simple as taking a walk. Other than exercising your leg muscles, hiking helps by removing you from your comfort zone and opens you to a new environment with fresh air with an initial  sense of  determination whether you reach your goal or not. It's an opportunity I take to clear my mind and resolve lingering issues within myself. 
There are myriads of benefits in practicing mindfulness. Personally I have experienced increased focus, more creativity, reduced stress level, emotional balance and overall mental well being. I am grounded and above all, present. However you chose to practice mindfulness shouldn't really matter as far as you are making the effort.





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    26 comments

    1. I love the idea of photography and imagery!

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    2. I recently began meditating again, and it was the best feeling ever the first time I had started back up. Love this!

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      1. I love meditating too, it gives the most calming feeling afterwards.

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    3. I have the same understanding of mindfulness like you! And I know how wonderful hiking works in this context! Thanks a lot for your tips.
      xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
      www.dressedwithsoul.com

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    4. I never paid attention to my imagine. But know I am more mindful and area of my surrounding. I do go on walks more often and do yoga.

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      1. You're fully equipped then. Way to go!

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    5. I love photography. I started with taking boring selfies but decided to learn how to take better pictures. It is so relaxing to me when I practising photography. I also love having me time very often. It's like the best moment to connect to my inner self. Lovely post.

      Michelle
      http://twenty7bymichelle.com

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      1. Absolutely! There's a lot more to photography than selfies. I just started getting into it and it's been fun so far.

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    6. I totally relate to what you're saying about social media speeding up time. I try to keep my mornings and my morning commute social media free (but I give myself a quick scroll of Instagram after my coffee hehe).

      🍍 Pia
      http://gymbagsandjetlags.com

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      1. Haha! I know right? It's all about finding a balance. Eliminating social media will be a very difficult task for a lot of us. Unimaginable lol.

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    7. It's really important to keep your life balanced! Loved reading your tips!

      Have an amazing day!
      xx Kris

      https://dreamingofpink.wordpress.com

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    8. Loved this post! Thanks so much for sharing, really helped me out <3
      Alina // alinacorona.de

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      1. Thanks, glad you found this post helpful.

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    9. I agree, hiking is a great way to be mindful and focused!
      xx
      Courtney || https://courtneylivin.com/

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    10. Taking pictures as a form of mindfulness, girl that's always a win for me. you have such an amazing blog. I love it.


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    11. I love this post! Totally agree that photography is a good way to practice mindfulness :D I tried it a few days ago and I felt relaxed!

      Nice post :D

      http://www.desiringsme.com/styling-summer-basics/

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    12. I definitely needed to read this message today. Time has been slipping away from me, and I have been in a total work zone or auto pilot. I love that mindfulness comes in many ways. I love the ways you bring in mindfulness. For me even just paying attention to my breath or what I am doing is all I need to slow down and be grateful. Thank you gorgeous!!

      Xo, Ellese

      Rock.Paper.Glam.

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      1. Happy you enjoyed this post. It's important to get a grip on time and mind and I'm happy you have your own way of practicing mindfulness. Learned a new thing too- I'll incorporate this into my breathing as well.

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    13. These are great tips! I always find that when I go for a walk in the evening it allows me to be reflective and mindful too.
      -Noelle
      Elle-no.com

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    14. That's a great post, very thought-provoling! I really like it and agree with your advices. Sometimes it is so hard for me to concentrate on real things because of all mass media and social pages...

      My Fashion BLOG by Maria

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    15. I love hiking or just go out for a walk. Breath in fresh air really helps to clear my mind and gain energy again. Have a great day

      xx Simone
      Little Glittery Box
      Instagram: littleglitterybox

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