Have you ever spent your day on autopilot? Paying attention to nothing in particular? Folks often do one activity(like driving a car)while their mind is focused on another. Scary, right? We think we can do more by doing two or more things at a time. In reality, it is quite the contrary. When you allow your mind to be focused on one thing at a time, you will get more done. Sometimes we must quickly change from one activity to another. The key is to concentrate fully on the activity at hand.
Have you ever washed dishes while cooking? What about eating a meal while you are checking your email or watching TV? That is the complete opposite of one mindfulness. When you eat, eat. When you play, play. Do each task as it comes with your full attention!
By focusing all our senses, thoughts, and behaviors on a single task, we will be more effective.
One last reminder about one mindfulness! BREATHE! We breathe all of the time so we must be really good at it! Actually, we are horrible breathers. We take narrowbreaths, rarely filling our lungs. Taking a deep breath involves focusing on filling your lungs with air and slowly exhaling. Full, deep breaths bring oxygen to your cells. Tryit and notice how it affects your energy level and ability to focus.
One mindfulness is important to becoming and staying emotionally healthy. Ready….Take a deep breath Set…focus on one thing……Go!