The practice of mindfulness simply means to be in a state of awareness to surroundings, environment, and inner feelings. One of the most important components of mindfulness is the ability to stop and process the present sensation in a clear mindset.
The ability to stop and comprehend our feelings gives us a window of opportunity to notice, appreciate, and take notes on our overall behavior patterns.
This way, disliked and undesired forms of thinking can be identified and treated accordingly.
Different motor and cognitive strategies can be applied to distract our mindset and to ease negative thinking.
Motor and Cognitive Practices to Reach Mindfulness
1) Coloring Books
An excellent way to practice relaxation and to recenter can be achieved by using mindfulness coloring books or any other available books on the market. In a study of 104 female university students, daily coloring intervention was shown to improve negative psychological outcomes.
2) Art Therapy
MBAT or mindfulness-based art therapy is a method that combines the practice of two philosophies of art and mindfulness in a treatment setting.
In a study of 111 women with a variety of cancer diagnoses, MBAT intervention demonstrated a significant improvement in psychological aspects.
3) Horticultural Therapy
Gardening is good for us and can be beneficial for overall health. In a meta-analysis from 2017, improved health outcomes were shown from the practice of daily gardening. In addition, researchers suggested that a regular dose of gardening can promote well-being.
4) Tarot Reading
The tarot and other methods of cards reading were shown to be a great tool to practice self-reflection. Also, it can assist in daily mental and inner-peace practice.
5) Daily Writing
Daily writing is a common and useful practice that was shown to improve mental states in various health conditions: