Mindfulness is the practice of bringing one’s attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment (Wiki). It is during those moments of attention our mind ‘takes a break’. Studies show practicing mindfulness, even for 10 minutes a day, has a profound effect on one’s stress and anxiety levels.
The most common form of mindfulness is meditation, but practicing meditation on a regular basis may not be practical for many people. Fortunately, mindfulness does not have to be limited to meditation. We can still practice mindfulness during most of our daily activities.
One could take a deep, conscious slow breath and experience the mindfulness right there. We could practice it when we walk by focusing on the sensations associated with each stride and experiencing our sensory perceptions. We could practice it when we eat and drink by focusing on smell, taste, touch, movement of our body parts etc. We could practice it just by being still and putting attention to the surrounding sounds. We can practice mindfulness in everything we do, even while talking to other people by focusing on our inner body sensations and just listening without any judgement or thinking what we will be saying next.