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Three Practices to Shake Up Your Routine - Mindful

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Three Practices to Shake Up Your Routine - Mindful
When life begins to feel repetitive, it's a sign you've gotten stuck in old habits. Explore these simple ways to reconnect. On the daily grind, life can get bland-downright boring, when you think about it. Boredom is a sign that we've become habituated.

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See with new eyes

Take a familiar object from your home and examine it as if you’ve never seen it before.

Is there something you’d forgotten or never noticed before, or is your experience or reaction altere...

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Notice how objects feel

Take an object from your home and focus on its texture, touching it as if for the first time.  Notice how the experience feels right now, as you interact with it.
You could also work with...

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Hearing, smelling, and tasting anew

Take your attention in turn to three everyday objects in your environment that you can hear, smell, or taste (for example, the ticking of a clock, a flower, a piece of fruit). 

Let go of...

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Stuck in old habits

When life begins to feel repetitive, it's a sign you've gotten stuck in old habits.

When we get stuck on autopilot, we lose touch with actual experience—which can always be interesting if we ...

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Mindful Wakeup

Mindful Wakeup

First thing in the morning:

  • Close your eyes and connect with the sensations of your seated body.
  • Take three long, deep, nourishing breaths—breathing in through your nose and out ...

Mindful Eating

  • Breathe before eating. 
  • Listen to your body and measure your hunger.
  • Eat according to your hunger. You can more mindfully choose what to eat, when to eat, and how much to eat. 
  • Practice peaceful eating. It’s not easy to digest or savor your food if you aren’t relaxed.
  • If you don’t love it, don’t eat it. Make a mindful choice about what to eat based on what you really enjoy.

Mindful Pause

  • Trip over what you want to do. If you intend to do some yoga or to meditate, put your yoga mat or your meditation cushion in the middle of your floor.
  • Refresh your triggers regularly - add variety or make them funny so they stick with you longer.
  • Create new patterns. You could try a series of “If this, then that” messages to create easy reminders to shift into slow brain.