You get up every morning, but can you really say that you are awake? What’s the difference between munching mindlessly on your food versus actually savoring it? The difference between hearing and listening? The difference between talking and conversing?

One word…Mindfulness. Defined by Merriam Webster as the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences and such a state of awareness, being mindful not only makes one appreciate the here and now, but may bring about inner peace. But how can one be mindful? Here are 7 ways to get you started:

      1. Declutter

Start with your closet, all the way to your sentimental valuables. Stop waiting for the “perfect” time or situation for you to keep something. If it is not needed, give or throw it away.

          1. Get active

Exercise! This keeps the blood pumping throughout our body. If you have an 8 to 5 desk job, make sure to get moving at least every hour’s strike, whether it’s a flight of stairs or a simple stretch, our amazing bodies were not designed to sit all day!

            1. Consume whole foods

Ever felt sluggish even after you’ve eaten?  That’s because the quality of food that you put in is the quality that comes out. We’re not telling you to never eat pizza and cake, but to respect your body enough to nourish yourself with whole foods rich in vitamins and minerals. We’re talking about your fruits and vegetables. Avoid processed food as this contains more often than not chemicals and artificial ingredients that are not meant for human consumption.

              1. Follow your heart.

Go on an adventure, get into a new hobby, play a new instrument. Whatever it is, do what makes you feel alive!

              1. Get off the grid.

Nowadays most of us are glued to our screens, whether it’s our phone or our laptop. We are so busy posting on social media what we are doing that we might actually miss what we are doing. Although there is nothing wrong with posting selfies or geotagging where we are, it is good for our eyes and mind to disconnect from these technologies and remind ourselves not to be a slave to the screens. The real “High Definition” is right in front of us!

              1. Practice gratitude.

Every day, find something to be thankful for. Make it a habit, it can do wonders.

Allot at least 5 minutes to just breathe. Take deep breaths. Allow yourself and your thoughts to just flow. Mindfulness is a conscious way of living. Try these 7 ways for a week and let us know what you think!