Having been diagnosed with ADHD very young, coming to a focus has always been difficult for me. So this form of mindfulness exercise is one that accommodated my activeness, but also brings me focus and helps slow down a fast paced day.
Waking is one of the finest form of exercise. It’s a proven stress reliever if you incorporate some mindfulness into it. Here’s what you can do.
Leave your technology devices at home.
Put on something that’s comfortable to walk in.
All you need to bring are your keys, and your mind.
Start your walk on a route you are familiar with.
As you start walking, slowly adjust your breathing, 7 times a min, 6-2-8 inhale-hold-exhale. Bring your mind to focus on your tummy and chest riding and falling as you breathe.
Then start becoming aware of everything around you. Sights, sounds, colors and the weather.
If you find your thoughts stray to concerns and worries, just guide your mind back to a soft focus of being aware of your surroundings as you walk.
Please don’t wait for good weather to decide to go for a walk. A stroll in the cold or rain can be every bit as stimulating, sometimes even more so, than a walk in the sunshine.