Over the last few weeks this blog has been geared toward helping you work on your mental game. As Foley Sports Tourism begins to transition its content back to being more event focused, I hope you’ll still commit to mindfulness practice even without a weekly #MindfulnessMonday entry.
It’s not easy to commit to mindfulness practice. Many people believe that there just isn’t time for one more thing in their day, or they won’t be good at it. Here are five tips for getting yourself on a path to a clearer head.
1. Do what you can. Don’t think that you can sit down for an hour and suddenly be a master meditator. Start with a few minutes a day and work toward more. Studies have shown even five minutes of day of mindfulness practice can have an impact. Something is always better than nothing!
2. Go easy on yourself. No two practices will ever be the same. Sometimes you’ll have a lot on your mind and struggle to clear it. Always remember to show yourself self-compassion. One difficult practice is no reason to give up.
3. Find a good space. You can practice mindfulness anywhere but having a quiet, private space often makes it easier to clear wayward thoughts.
4. Utilize all your senses. Having trouble concentrating on your breath? Try focusing on what you smell, what you hear, or what you taste. Allow all your senses to work in tandem to help you focus your mind.
5. Lean on a friend. Just as you hold teammates or friends accountable for practices or workouts, try working as a team when it comes to mindfulness practice. Try talking about what type of practice works for you or tips for focusing. Mindfulness can be a team sport.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this series. You may have a #MindfulnessMonday entry here and there in the future so please keep an eye out on the FST social media. In the meantime, continue your practice and best of luck with your mental game!