Interesting and Creative Mindfulness Tips From The Experts!
Welcome to a sneak peek of The Mindful Kind Interview Series!
I created this Series to inspire people to live more mindfully in ways which truly resonate with them. By showcasing a dynamic group of genuine women, The Mindful Kind Interview Series will show you just how unique your mindfulness practice can be and equip you with the tips, techniques and insights you need to inspire you on your journey.
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What is your favourite mindfulness practice?
Allie Tymo - Certified Life Coach
What works for me is bringing my awareness back into my body - it’s definitely one of my favourite mindfulness practices that I use daily.
That might look like resting my hand on my heart and feeling my chest rise and fall with my breath, or conscious slow movement - whether that’s dance, yoga, or simply slowing down the daily ‘mundane’ tasks, snuggling with my daughter and listening to her breath, feeling the way the breeze feels on my skin, or the warmth of the sun on my face.
Anna Dobby - Certified Life Coach
Yoga postures, followed by breath exercises and meditation. The postures’ challenges capture my attention and make my body feel amazing, the breath calms my body, so meditation happens more naturally. And shavasana, corpse pose at the end of yoga postures, is the sweetest feeling!
Emma Tierney - Health and Wellbeing Blogger
One of my favourite mindfulness practises is to simply place my hand over my heart and take a few slow deep breaths. It sounds incredibly simple, and it is really! But I find it’s a wonderful way to rebalance myself when I feel rushed and a bit disconnected. I often take a few moments to do this when I know I need to connect back to myself and slow down.
Erin Williams - Wellness Coach and Writer
My morning walk. I leave my phone in the car, then walk barefoot along the beach watching the sun slowly rise. Not only does it start my day off on a high note, it also helps me feel connected to my body, my breath and my surroundings.
Jessie Hays - Kinesiologist and Coach
To sit and journal! I love to just be with myself in that moment and really connect with what is going on for me. I write down everything and anything I am thinking or feeling in my body. I allow myself to let go of any judgements and write down EVERYTHING – no matter how mean or silly it might sound. It helps me to get a real insight into what is happening for me, helps me process things and see things from a different light. It quietens my mind down and helps me tune into and turn up my heart.
Kate James - Author, Coach and Mindfulness Teacher
In my every day, I love a simple seated silent meditation practice. I find it the easiest time to be fully aware.
When I have the chance to get out of town, my favourite practice of all is sitting on the rocks near the ocean, listening to the sound of the waves, watching how the colour changes and feeling the sea mist on my skin. It’s so easy to be mindful in an environment like that. There are a few coastal places we visit every year that are favourites and the power and beauty of the ocean never ceases to amaze me.
Kylie Aloi - Coach and Speaker
My favourite mindfulness practice is really about using breathing techniques. I find it is quick and I can use it anywhere and it helps to either bring about awareness or calm me down if I am feeling stressed or anxious.
I either just do 3-4 deep breaths or I use a breathing technique (which I’m never sure what it is called!) where you breathe in for 4 counts, hold it for 4 counts then exhale for 4 counts.
Nicola Judkins - Physiotherapist (BPhty) and Wellness Coach
I ‘dabble’ in a number of mindfulness practices but the one that I find works best for me is actually walking my dogs! I am very lucky that I live in a beautiful part of the world, and am surrounded by nature and so many different animals (the amount of rabbits & wallabies darting about everywhere at the moment is incredible ...), and I find that this practice just calms and grounds me, keeps me out of my head and focused on the present moment, and truly makes me feel grateful for the life that I am living.
Rosa Palermo - Health and Wellness Coach
Music playing in the background. My favourite artist is Deuter. His compositions are divine and sound like they're sung by angels. I also love burning essential oils, either in the diffuser or in candle form.
Sarah Jensen - Life and Business Coach
I have a very busy mind, so my favourite mindfulness practice is using tools that bring me back to the moment. A divine face mist that I can feel and smell, the sensation of mindfully applying hand cream or taking a minute to deeply smell a soothing essential oil.
What is your best tip for introducing mindfulness for a beginner?
Alice Nicholls - Certified Holistic Health Coach
I ask people to walk out the front door and go somewhere they go every single day. Their street, their office, their car. Then stop and be still and see what they can notice that they do not on a daily basis. Is there a line of ants crossing the path, is there a garden in bloom which they have not ever noticed, is their own lawn filled with small flowers, how does the wind sound in the tree out of their front gate, what is the desk on their office made of? Can they see the grain in the wood? Many people travel to Bali or India to find themselves or become mindful, however it is cultivating mindfulness in your own surroundings that is the most powerful thing.
Chloe Wigan - Certified Life Coach
I think that challenging yourself to bring your awareness to the present moment as much as you possibly can as you go about your day can be really effective.
I would also suggest finding an activity that promotes mindfulness and that you really enjoy doing. Whether it’s colouring in, meditating, surfing, cloud-gazing, photography – it really doesn’t matter – find what it is that gets you into that state and do it as often as you like.
Jarka Kunova - Transformational Life and Business Coach
Find something that can become part of a ritual every day. This could be a gratitude journal at the end of day, doing meditation first thing in the morning or as simple as taking a conscious break every day for some deep breathing.
Joanne Poon - Intuition Coach and Designer
Be kind to yourself. Do not berate yourself if you are not able to clear every thought from your mind during meditation. Instead, allow your practice to be whatever it needs to be - its a discovery around your relationship with yourself. Take a long, deep breath in and observe where this shift in consciousness may lead you.
Karen Pethard - Originator of Combardis Elixirs
Don’t try and force it, have fun with it, keep it simple. Incorporate it into what you like doing. If you like going for walks just bring your awareness to the sounds your feet make on the ground or pay particular attention to the colours you can see.
Nichola Veitch - Yoga Teacher and Reiki Practitioner
Find what works for you. There is no right or wrong. Tune in to what feels good for you. Perhaps you enjoy writing, reading books or poetry, drawing or painting, horse riding, yoga, meditation, walks in nature, jogging, cooking, remember what you loved to do as a child and start there.
Sarah Tamburrini - Life and Wellness Coach
Meditation is not the only way to become more mindful. Please do not feel that meditation is the answer for you, just because it is the answer for someone else. There are many ways to practice being self compassionate and self accepting, moment by moment, so you can truly be in the headspace to actually experience the moment and your surroundings and live.
Simone Short - Blogger
Don’t force it. It is so easy to let your mind wander, and getting frustrated with yourself because you can’t ‘switch off’ will only make things worse. I find when I start to get distracted, I focus on how my body is feeling. How the way I’m sitting makes my legs feel or how my arms are resting against my body. If a thought I don’t need to hold onto right at that moment crosses my mind, I acknowledge it and then let it pass – sometimes that means I actually picture that thought in my head, whether it’s an image or words, and then imagine it floating away!
Steph Demetrious - Kinesiologist and Reiki Practitioner
To use an external ‘tool’ as a reminder initially, until it becomes second nature. Like a post it note on your computer, a crystal, an essential oil scent, even an alarm on your phone or computer. And go easy on yourself when you catch yourself not being mindful. We all do it! Even that awareness is a great tool to refocus and become mindful again.
Vanessa Carnevale - Author and Freelance Writer
Don’t place any expectations on what mindfulness should or should not be, or whether you’re doing it right or wrong or not often enough. It’s normal to slip out of the present moment – it’s what we all do. This is why mindfulness is a practice and like all things we practice, we get better at them with time. The easiest way for me to slip into the present moment is to stop and take a deep breath and then connect with the senses – what I’m seeing, feeling and hearing.
How do you remember to be mindful?
Abby Klis - Nationally Certified Health Coach
I’ve built specific, simple practices into my daily routines so it becomes difficult to forget. Also, something that has been SUPER helpful to myself and the women I work with is when I know
Ariadne Kapsali - Certified Life Coach, Mental Health Professional and Yoga Teacher
Oh I forget all the time! And then I remember. And then I forget again. That's the brilliance of this practice – it's constant. The moment I notice I am somewhere else than where I am physically, I know I have gone deep into the spiral of my mind. The key here is to notice, give yourself a tap on the back and land yourself back to the now. I often use the soles of my feet to literally connect with the ground beneath my feet.
Kimberley Smith - Singing Coach
To be honest, it can be a struggle. I schedule my yoga classes and meditation time in my diary as a non-negotiable. Other elements are harder to keep tabs on in that way.
I think creating rituals around day-to-day moments can be helpful, such as leaving your phone at home when you go for a walk or to the shops. If I don’t have distractions around, I’m much more mindful when I consume (food, television or the Internet).
Kylie Anderson - Holistic Health Coach and Personal Trainer
I have an alarm that goes off each day to remind me to meditate. This alarm is set for a time my daughter is usually napping, the key word usually. I don’t have my meditation practice down pat but I am getting there. And with the other things such as my crystals, grass walking, deep breathing, gratitude and oracle / angel cards – I have just worked hard at making them a habit, so I don’t even need to really think about it. It is just part of my life now, which is awesome.
Niamh Gallagher - Holistic Health Practitioner
This can be tricky! When I first started, I would remember to be mindful only when I had got myself into a complete state of anxiety or rage over something! :) But what I’ve realised is that for mindfulness to become a regular practice, I need to have it become part of my daily routine - pretty much like any habit I have formed through sheer repetition.
Rebecca Walker - Blogger and Copyeditor in training
Being around my kids reminds me of the need to slow down and be mindful. When I’m trying to multitask, or I’m not being fully present with them, I start to feel agitated and easily frustrated with them. When I stop everything else and really listen to them and give them my full attention, I feel calmer and their behaviour also improves. I also have words and images on my vision board that remind me to be mindful.
Samantha Wheatley - Intuitive Life Coach
I notice when I am feeling tense or stressed. I know that I can do something to make myself feel better and that is my mindfulness practice. It grounds me and brings me back into the present moment. So, I guess the knowing that I can help myself is the reminder I need.